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The Link Between Dental Health and Brain Health Carrollton, GA
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The health of your mouth can be considered as the gateway to your overall health. You may already know that conditions like untreated gum disease can impact your heart health. But did you know that your teeth are also connected to your brain? There is a serious link between poor oral hygiene and brain problems. If having a brain infection or Alzheimer’s disease scares you, we recommend picking up your toothbrush – and here’s why.

The Problem with Dental Negligence and Oral Bacteria

Dental negligence is improper or lack of care for your gums and teeth. It is commonly associated with gum disease and decay. These oral health conditions involve excessive bacteria in the mouth that doesn’t get removed from brushing and flossing each day. Unfortunately, this bacteria triggers an immune response that can cause problems in your heart as well as in your brain.

Dental Infection and Brain Infection

There are several nerves in the oral cavity that attach to your brain. For example, the trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve that connects your teeth, gums and jaw. If you have an infection in these areas of your mouth and it goes untreated, it can travel through the bloodstream and carry the harmful bacteria to your brain. A bacterial infection can attack neurons in the brain, which makes you vulnerable to complications, ranging from memory loss to a life-threatening brain abscess.

Untreated Gum Disease and Dementia

The bacteria that travels to the brain can has been found to also worsen dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. There have been many studies that show potential links between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s disease. One 2013 study, from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, found atypical bacteria in the brains of those who had Alzheimer’s disease. The bacteria, named Porphyromonas gingivalis, is the same type of bacteria found in chronic gum disease. When someone has severe gum disease, they have an infection in the soft tissues, which can travel to the brain and sabotage your precious memories if left untreated.

Boost Your Oral Hygiene and Protect Your Brain

The risk of brain issues from oral health problems doesn’t happen overnight. It is important to recognize the symptoms of decay and gum disease at their earliest stages so that the bacteria can be eliminated from your mouth. The best way to prevent excessive oral bacteria in the first place is to brush and floss each day. You’ll also want to visit your dentist for routine checkups. It is difficult for gum disease to progress to the point of affecting your brain when you are letting a dentist check your mouth every six months.

To learn more about how a healthy smile can help protect your mind, please call Dr. Tejal Kakade. We recognize the overwhelming value of dental health as it pertains to your whole-body health and quality of life.

Posted on behalf of Tejal A Kakade, DMD, MAGD, PC

516 Newnan St.
Carrollton, GA 30117

Phone: 770-836-5313

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Tejal A Kakade, DMD, MAGD, PC

4.9 / 5.0

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Quinderious R.

This was absolutely the best experience I have ever had with any dentist. Dr. Tejal is so attentive to the needs of her patients. She cares deeply about the quality of service provided and taking care of you individually. You don't feel like a number. You leave knowing that you received the best care and beautiful smile to go with it.

Robin H.

I have never had a bad experience going to see Dr. Kakade and her amazing, caring staff. They make it super easy to book an appointment, send you helpful reminders via text, and you are in and out in a short amount of time with hardly any wait time. The office is warm and inviting with nice decor and even dentist chairs that massage you! Best of all, the entire staff genuinely care about their patients and want to help them have the best experience possible. They remember you and get to know you. I actually look forward to going!

Larry S.

Dr. Tejal and her wonderful staff do everything humanly possible to make every patient feel welcomed, supported, and cared for with the utmost compassion and professionalism. It feels as though one has been adopted into a family of caretakers and that you are a part of the family. 5 Stars and thumbs up all the way! They are the best! I speak from personal experience.


My family has used Dr. Tejal since she started her practice in Carrollton. She is thorough, detailed, and comprehensive in her approach to dental care. She seems to invest in new technology and modern methods to make routine and extraordinary care as easy for the patient as possible. Candy has been my hygienist for over a decade and does a fantastic job restoring my teeth to tip-top shape. On the rare occasion when Candy was unavailable, the other members of Dr. Tejal's team have been excellent.

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Calm and peaceful office.

Prentice M.

Wonderful office staff, nice environment. Dr. Tejal and staff do a great job of making one feel comfortable and the dental work after local anesthesia want uncomfortable. Few people like going to the dentist, but my experience here has been excellent.

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516 Newnan St.
Carrollton, GA 30117



Mon-Thurs: 8:00am - 3:00pm