Cognitive Decline

Emerging evidence suggests the association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment or dementia and hence it is crucial that healthcare professionals understand this relationship; and physicians and the oral healthcare team work collaboratively to manage the treatment of patients.


This infographic discusses the link between periodontal disease and cognitive decline. Learning points discussed are the common risk factors of periodontitis and Alzheimer’ Disease (AD), mechanisms for the development of AD in patients with periodontitis, and recommendations for managing periodontitis in patients who have mild cognitive decline or are at an elevated risk of developing it.