A link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease
A new lead into the cause of Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered, and it relates to your dental health care.
Recent research suggests a bacterium involved in gum disease could prove a game-changer in tackling one of medicine’s biggest mysteries, and lead to effective treatments or even a vaccine.
P. gingivalis is a bacteria that appears in the mouth of patients with gum disease. Gum disease causes inflammation that can lead to chronic periodontitis (severe gum disease) and tooth loss. Some studies have shown that people with fewer teeth are more likely to have dementia. The inflammation and toxins caused by P. gingivalis damage the lining of your mouth. Which may make it possible for oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and then other organs. Even if you don’t have gum disease, transient damage to your mouth lining from eating or tooth-brushing can let mouth bacteria into your blood.
More research is being conducted. If this new hypothesis of Alzheimer’s is borne out, the good news is that it could lead to effective treatments for the condition.
There is plenty you can do to reduce your risk of gum disease:
- Have regular dental check-ups (every 6 months is recommended)
- Ensure you have a thorough home oral healthcare routine, including brushing and flossing.
- If you smoke, quit!
- Talk to your dentist about your gum health.
More information on the above research can be found here:
Are you are concerned about your gum health, or overdue for a dental check-up, please call Salamanca Dental on (03) 62888070, contact us here, or book online using the button at the top of this page.
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