September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, a day created by patients, families, and doctors to help the general public better understand this serious disease. It’s also a day for families and especially caregivers to learn more about how to keep loved ones with this condition in their best health. There are a number of correlations between Alzheimer’s and other health conditions, but one that many people do not learn about until it is too late is the link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s.
Oral Health and Alzheimer’s Patients
In general, Alzheimer’s is associated with decreased oral health for a variety of reasons. Patients generally forget to take care of themselves without prompting and help, and this can cause basic maintenance and oversight to slip. Additionally, there is documented correlation between the progression of the condition and diseases like gingivitis. It’s important for caregivers to understand how oral health can decline in Alzheimer’s patients and to schedule the cleanings and procedures that will promote good health in their loved ones.
Treating Gum Disease
There are a variety of treatments patients with Alzheimer’s can receive to prevent gum disease or mitigate its effects. They include:
- Periodontal cleanings
- Gum tissue grafts
- Laser dentistry
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
Laser gum treatments provide patients with options that are low pain, making it easier on the patient without requiring heavy sedation. They also help prevent the advance of symptoms, and they can be performed multiple times if symptoms do persist.
Make an Appointment Today
Don’t let your loved one’s oral health suffer after the onset of Alzheimer’s. Contact our office today to make an appointment and find out how to take care of an Alzheimer’s patient’s oral health throughout their treatment. At Water Oak Dental, your Brevard, NC dentists Dr. David S. Krishingner, Dr. Jeffrey T. Root, Dr. Niklas Resla, and Dr. John Krishingner have advice for families providing all different levels of care, and experience working with patients with these needs. Make the most of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and make an appointment.
Our office is located in Brevard, NC down the street from Brevard College and the Transylvania County Courthouse by Broad and East Main Street. Even bringing patients from Asheville, we proudly serve the communities Hendersonville, Lake Toxaway, Etowah, Mills River, Cashiers, and Highlands North Carolina.