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Regular dentist visits may prevent gum disease, memory problems
Updated: 8/5/2010 7:00:17 PM
 

Regular dentist visits may prevent gum disease, memory problems Making an effort to see a dentist on a regular basis can help prevent gum disease. If an individual develops this illness, they are more susceptible to suffering from other major health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease.

A recent study conducted at New York University has determined that inflammation of the gums can affect the brain, which may cause degeneration of cerebral cells and increase the risk of cognitive complications.

People can avoid suffering from gum disease by practicing at-home dental care, including brushing their teeth, rinsing with fluoride and flossing on a daily basis. Making an appointment with one's dentist can also help detect minor problems, such as cavities or chipped teeth, which can both lead to an increased risk of gum inflammation.

Angela Kamer, co-author of the study, stated that "the research suggests that cognitively normal subjects with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation."

People who lack dental insurance, and want to prevent gum disease and other dental problems can benefit from discount dental plans. By taking advantage of these opportunities, patients can see a dentist on a regular basis and learn about proper dental care.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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