As dentists, we already know and talk about the importance of periodontal or gum health. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Recently studies have been released linking the bacteria that causes gum disease to various systemic health problems. Most recently, a study was completed that found a link between the bacteria present gum disease and Alzheimer’s.
has found the bacteria commonly present in periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, was present in four of ten Alzheimer’s patients and, zero of ten patients with out Alzheimer’s. This study is just a jumping off point for more research on the association of this bacteria and its link to this debilitating illness.
In general, oral health does play a key role in your overall comprehensive health. Studies continue to show that maintaining healthy teeth and gums can give you more than fresh breath. By maintaining a good home care regimen and regular hygiene appointments with your dentist you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OF PERIODONTOPATHIC VIRULENCE FACTORS IN SHORT-TERM POSTMORTEM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE BRAIN TISSUE. POOLE S, SINGHRAO SK, KESAVALU L, CURTIS MA, CREAN SJ.
Bacteria in Brains Suggest Alzheimer’s-Gum Disease Link, Kristen Hallam