Immune Responses and the Brain

The greatest connection between gum disease and brain health has been found in the body’s immune response.

As the body attempts to fight off the bacteria that weaken gum tissues, the immune response that causes gums to swell can sometimes cause brain tissues to swell as well.

Barriers are formed between the brain and body that help keep harmful disease and pathogens from entering the brain, but the substances within the body that cause inflammation are not held back by this barrier. This is why inflammation causing diseases or infections are especially harmful to brain tissues, and by extension the cognitive processes.

Numerous studies have been conducted confirming that patients with cases of periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from decreased cognitive functions, including those indicative of Alzheimer’s.

If any of your patients show signs of periodontal disease, let them know about these increased risks and educate them on the new treatment options such as LANAP which are available to them. Have them contact our office here or call 904-731-1324 for a consultation for our LANAP services for a dramatically less traumatic, yet highly effective alternative to treating periodontitis. With your help, we can reduce gum disease, increase awareness and treatment and help your patients have the best dental and overall health possible.

Taking good care of your mouth does more than help ensure you have a bright, white smile. Having a healthy mouth and healthy body go hand-in-hand! The inflammation that is caused by gingivitis and periodontal disease has been linked to many diseases. Bacteria that thrives in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body and can cause infection or worsen existing infections in many areas, including the lungs and joints.