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Gum disease is one of the most serious oral health issues. Not only is it the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, but it has also been linked to several whole-body health conditions. Untreated periodontal disease has been associated with heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and premature birth. More recently, however, another disease was added to the list. New research has revealed a connection between gum disease and Alzheimer’s!

Alzheimer’s involves the progressive loss of memory as brain cells die. It can be one of the most terrifying and heartbreaking diseases, especially if you must watch a loved one suffer. One way you may be able to prevent Alzheimer’s, however, is by taking care of your mouth. More specifically, keeping your gums free of disease and infection may be able to decrease your likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s and losing your memory later in life.

To understand the link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, it is important to know how periodontal disease forms in the first place. Gum disease typically begins with poor oral hygiene, which causes excess bacteria in the mouth. There are many types of gum disease bacteria that produce harmful toxins, proteins and other by-products. This can destroy healthy tissue and bone in your mouth, as well as impact the health of your entire body.

One particular strain of bacteria that is found in gum disease is Porphyromonas Gingivalis. This is the same bacteria that can kill neurons and tissues within the brain, and has thus been linked to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

To prevent gum disease involves brushing and flossing on a daily basis as well as seeing your dentist twice a year. It is also imperative that you recognize the earliest, most treatable signs of gum disease, such as red, puffy or bleeding gums. At this stage (gingivitis), the disease is easily reversed without running the risk of major consequences within the entire body.

Taking care of your teeth and gums does far more than give you a confident smile. It can influence the future health of your body. Since we know that Alzheimer’s is incurable, it becomes even more important to do all we can now to prevent this devastating disease later. For more information about gum disease treatment near Cumming, please call Crabapple Dental.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123