Some say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s true, then it may also be said that the mouth is the portal to the mind. How so? Most of us have been raised to believe that the only consequence to gum disease and the other effects of poor oral health is having unsightly gaps in your smile. Yet what if there were much more serious consequences beyond that? Could something as seemingly mundane as gingivitis could lead to memory loss, or possibly even dementia?

Recent research seems to suggest as much. A study undertaken by researchers from the Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the National Institutes of Health set out to determine if dental care could be linked to declining cognitive skills. The results of this study were first revealed in the 2010 edition of the Journal of American Geriatrics. The study’s findings showed that for each tooth lost per decade, the chance of struggling on cognitive function tests increased between 8-10 percent.

Prevention Can Help Avoid Potential Problems

 

Given that an estimated 50 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have some form on gum disease, the potential implications of this study should raise some serious concerns. However, you may easily be able to avoid ever facing such a problem if you’re willing to do what you can right now to avoid gum and periodontal disease. This includes adopting good oral hygiene habits, routine visits to a general dentist in Dallas, TX, and eating a healthy diet. Identifying the signs and symptoms of gingivitis can help in getting early treatment. These include:

·         Chronic bad breath

·         Plaque buildup on you gums

·         A receding gum line

·         The appearance of gaps between your teeth

·         Bleeding from you gums while brushing or flossing

Despite the dangers posed by gum and periodontal disease, you can stop it right in its tracks. With September being National Gum Care Month, now is a great time to re-dedicating yourself to taking care of your smile. A strong dental care regimen can go a long way towards ensuring gingivitis never takes hold in your mouth. If you’ve already noticed some of the signs of gum disease, schedule a treatment appointment with Dr. Neeley right away.