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Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s Fort Mill, SC
Senior Citizens Fort Mill, SC

Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease marked by the progressive loss of memory and other mental functions. More than 3 million cases of this incurable disease exist in the United States each year. While there are multiple theories about what causes Alzheimer’s, recent research has revealed a possible link between Alzheimer’s and gum disease. The same bacteria that is present in gum disease has also been shown to affect brain tissues and potentially contribute to the brain cell death that occurs in Alzheimer’s.

It is critical to take steps to prevent gum disease, as this may also help us to prevent and reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s. After all, this is not the only overall health issue that gum disease has been linked to. Untreated periodontal disease has also been associated with heart attack, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. We have serious reasons to take better care for our teeth and gums!

Gum disease typically begins with poor oral hygiene, which allows bacteria to thrive and contribute to harmful plaque on the teeth and gums. This leads to an infection where the bacteria can further deteriorate the healthy tissue and bone that support your teeth. There are many types of bacteria responsible for periodontal disease, and most produce harmful toxins, proteins and other by-products that impact the health of your entire body.

One specific strain of bacteria that is associated with gum disease is Porphyromonas Gingivalis. This is the bacteria that can kill neurons and tissues of the brain. It has recently been linked to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, the same bacteria that may cause you to forget your daughter’s name or how to get back home can be formed in your mouth when oral hygiene is neglected. That is significant motivation to pick up your toothbrush and floss and schedule those routine dental visits every six months!

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we understand the importance of preventing gum disease. Our office offers preventative treatments as well as gum disease therapy to reverse mild to moderate infection. Let us help you keep your mouth, body and mind as healthy as possible.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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"When I moved I tried another dental practice. Mistake. Now I drive an hour to still use Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone from the administrative staff to the dentist are professional, kind, and good at what they do."


"This was my first appointment with Gold Hill Dentistry so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. However prior to my visit I did google their reviews which were exceptional. That being said, my first visit certainly align with their online reviews! Gold Hill Dentistry’s staff were warm, professional but personable, and they made me feel very comfortable from the moment I entered their office and throughout the entire time services were performed. My cleaning results were great and my teeth and gums felt wonderful! I look forward to a long relationship with Gold Hill Dentistry!"


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"Gold Hill Dentistry is the absolute best! From the front desk, to the hygienists, to the doctor, they were all great. They bent over backwards to accommodate my special health situation and urgent scheduling needs. And the drilling/filling they did was the quickest and most painless I've ever had. Don't think twice about making them your new go-to for dental work."


"Office Staff, dental hygienists, and the dentists are all wonderful. Always friendly, helpful, professional and excellent. With so many "doc in the box" dental centers popping up, Gold Hill is a welcome exception where personal service and attention matter. (I should mention too, that the service does not come at premium cost - they take insurance and their rates are competitive and reasonable). Highly recommend Gold Hill Dentistry."


"I really like Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone is very very friendly and helpful. They are really concerned about your care."

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466