If you need yet another reason to keep your gums in good condition, here’s a really good one from The Carrollton Dentist: scientists have found a link between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The researchers concluded:
“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.
This study should dispel the myth that oral health is somehow separate from physical health.
The research study, “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors,” can be found at Science Advances. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau3333
It is important to see us at The Carrollton Dentist in Carrollton TX regularly, to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We provide gum disease treatment, as well as a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!
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