Tucson Lifestyle January 2016 : Page 3

Oral Microbes Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Elahe P. Wissinger, DMD Graduate of Boston University, Member ADA Nearly 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which impairs memory, induces disorientation, provokes mood and behavior changes. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and as the population ages, its effects will only increase. Some insight into its causes may be found in oral health. Since AD can be characterized by inflammation of the brain, scientists have been investigating peripheral infections such as those originating in the oral cavity as potential root causes. Many bacteria in the mouth, particularly in people with gum disease, find their way into the bloodstream. If these bacteria pass the blood-brain barrier, any of them could be implicated in AD. Much of the previous research has examined just a couple of groups of bacteria and there are more than 900 different bacteria present in the oral cavity. It becomes clear that the need for oral hygiene management by dental professionals increases as dementia advances. Crowding can also hinder the ability for the patient to properly maintain a healthy oral environment. Plaque and calculus over time can cause periodontal infections such as gingivitis and/or periodontal disease and/or dental decay. If teeth are straightened, the patient can have an increased ability to care for those areas and be able to minimize the bacteria that is the culprit of these issues. – Dentistry Today Achieve the look you’ve always wanted in weeks! Fast, Easy and Simple! FASTBRACES Technology An American Original Since 1992 ® • FAST – treatment time that is measured in WEEKS instead of years as with traditional orthodontics! • EASY – retainers for only 15-20 minutes a day • QUALITY – The original, certifi ed by the Inventor and made in the U.S. • SIMPLE – Almost always Non-Extraction treatment • FOR TEENS AND ADULTS! 2504 E. River Rd. (Just East of Campbell) Dental Solutions EDentalSolutions.net We Accept Dental Insurance 520-745-5496

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