I was at the Chicago Midwinter meeting this last weekend--It's winter in Chicago and what else should be doing but sitting in meetings! Anyway--it's a great time and place to get caught up with some of the latest information on dental health. Some of the meetings centered around the impact of dental health and general. One article I wanted to share with you is the relation between dental health and "cognitive health"--the likes of dementia and possibly Alzheimer's disease. It is somewhat technical--but you'll see the research behind the conclusions
I pulled it from the dentaliq.com site and it was called "Periodontal disease and impaired cognition."
"Progressive inflammation of tissues in the central nervous system, resulting in degeneration of nerve cells, is thought to play a role in the development of dementia.1 Epidemiologic studies suggest that persons with high levels of systemic inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein and pro-inflammatory cytokines, are at higher risk of dementia than those with lower levels. In addition, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may lower the risk of dementia. There are many potential sources of chronic inflammation, including periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are among the most prevalent diseases affecting the population. Among adults, 75% have a mild form (gingivitis), and approximately 40% have moderate or severe periodontitis
"The association between periodontal disease and cognitive impairment may also reflect an indirect biologic mechanism in which periodontitis and dementia are two separate disease outcomes that arise from an underlying chronic inflammation. Both diseases have several common risk factors that can influence the immune system and enhance inflammation, including smoking, depression, and diabetes. In both periodontitis and dementia, specific genotypes of the interleukin family of cytokines have been associated with increased disease risk and led to the hypothesis that some individuals have a hyper-inflammatory response phenotype. A number of diseases with an inflammatory component — cardiovascular disease, diabetes, periodontal disease, and dementia — might then tend to cluster in individuals with such a phenotype
The research, done by Dr. Elizabeth (Krall) Kaye professor and director of the epidemiology division in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University shows how the inflammation caused by dental gem disease can be related to cognitive diseases, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Gibbs shares this information for his patient and people in the Glen Ellyn, Wheation area (Chicago area). He may be located contacted at 603-858-8800, or at his website or Google page for Glen Ellyn Wheaton dentist .