Research recently published in the journal Science Advances indicates that poor oral health is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. The research is looking to clear up whether gum disease is part of the cause in dementia or gum disease is a result of Alzheimer’s disease, as people suffering from the disease do not take care of their teeth.
The privately sponsored study has confirmed that the bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, that causes gum disease are to be found in the mouths and the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Plus, research using mice reveals that the bacteria triggers changes typical of the disease in the brain.
This is just part a recent raft of research indicating that microbial infections could play a part in Alzheimer’s disease.
The study, sponsored by Cortexyme Inc., is biggest so far to find Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s brains
There is still much research to be done, but to stay on the safe side Mannamead Cosmetic Dental Clinic encourage everyone to reduce the risk of gum disease by brushing and flossing - plus regularly get a checkup.