Periodontal disease and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. The truth about their relationships.
Date & Time
Friday, July 17, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5 million people in the United States are affected by dementia and this number is rising every year. While the science behind this mental condition is still developing, many articles suggest a link between dementia and periodontal disease. But how are the two diseases related? You may have seen posts online such as “Take care of your oral health and prevent dementia.” Or “chronic periodontitis leads to brain inflammation, fewer brain cells, and more amyloid-beta (plaque found in tissues in patients with Alzheimer’s disease)”. Those simplified interpretations are dangerous. We know about the oral-systemic link and studies found associations between periodontitis and dementia. However, we have a relationship between the two diseases much more complicated. We have to use the evidence-based approach and carefully interpret the findings.