Understanding the Correlation
Understanding the Correlation While the relationship is not causal, the presence of periodontal inflammation may impact the cognitive degeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the signs and symptoms of each stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
- Identify the risk factors for developing AD.
- Explain the potential for periodontal bacteria and systemic inflammation to contribute to the development and progression of AD.
- List the important components of a dental hygiene care plan for patients with AD.
This course was published in the November 2015 issue and expires November 30, 2018. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.