, March 18, 2020
/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --áThe dentists and medical doctors of Westwind Integrated Health raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and the preventive steps patients can take to maintain their physical and oral health as they age. This dental-medical healthcare practice provides comprehensive, whole-body healthcare in the Phoenix
and Glendale, AZ
areas, including gum disease treatment to lower patients' risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition resulting in cognitive decline and memory loss over time. The most common Alzheimer's symptoms include memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty completing everyday tasks, and personality or behavior changes. While this disease affects over 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
, it is incorrectly believed to be a normal part of aging. Though some individuals may be genetically more likely to develop this disease, certain lifestyle choices can decrease the risk of Alzheimer's symptoms and prevent the condition altogether. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, stimulating the brain, and good oral health (including a mouth free from gum disease) all play a role in preventing Alzheimer's disease.
Individuals with gum disease symptoms, including bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession, or loose teeth, may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease and should seek treatment immediately. A recent study published in Science Advances has found a link between the P. gingivalis bacteria associated with gum disease and Alzheimer's symptoms. The bacteria can travel from the infected gums to the brain, releasing toxins that can destroy the neurons vital for healthy cognitive functioning. Alzheimer's disease is not the only systemic condition that has been linked to gum disease. Gum disease has been noted to increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, as well. Maintaining good oral health, in addition to good physical health, and seeing a medical doctor and dentist regularly can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's symptoms.
The dentists and medical doctors at Westwind Integrated Health provide Alzheimer's screenings and other cognitive testing to improve the chances of catching the disease early and provide necessary care. The collaborative team also offers comprehensive gum disease treatment to improve both oral health and physical health, reducing the risk for conditions like Alzheimer's disease. The dental-medical practice focuses on whole-body healthcare (including nutritional counseling and vision and hearing screenings) and incorporate both dental and medical care for children and adults in their nine locations.
Individuals experiencing symptoms of either Alzheimer's disease or gum disease in Phoenix
or Glendale, AZ
are encouraged to contact Westwind Integrated Health as soon as possible. Visit http://www.westwindintegratedhealth.com or call 602-457-8024 to schedule an appointment.
About the Practice
Westwind Integrated Health offers dental and medical care from nine locations in the Glendale
and Phoenix, AZ
areas. As the only private practice in Arizona
and one of only a few practices in the country to combine dental and medical care, this team is innovating health care by offering truly comprehensive care with a whole-body approach. Comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of medical doctors and dental clinicians, Westwind Integrated Health offers specialized general dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery. Plus, under the same roof, patients can receive physicals and wellness exams, vision and hearing screenings, vaccinations, nutritional counseling, and minor injury treatment. The family of practices focuses on building genuine patient relationships, comprehensive and state-of-the-art treatment, and improving the long-term health and wellbeing of their patients. To learn more about the multi-specialty team, visit http://www.westwindintegratedhealth.com or call 602-457-8024 to schedule an integrated health consultation.
SOURCE Westwind Integrated Health