Alzheimer’s disease a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate and die. Individuals with this condition face memory loss and show symptoms such as repeating statements and questions over and over, getting lost in familiar places, and forgetting the names of family members and everyday objects. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Recent evidence has shown that this condition may be caused by certain bacteria found in patients with gum disease. This bacteria is called Porphyromonas gingivali and has been proven to worsen symptoms in mice who have been genetically engineered to have Alzheimer’s.
These mice experienced the same brain inflammation and neural damage seen in Alzheimer’s patients. Porphyromonas gingivali may trigger the release of amyloid, which is a type of plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients.
Another possibility is that Porphyromonas gingivali may inflame the brain just like it does to the gum tissue. Even if Porphyromonas gingivali is confirmed as a cause of Alzheimer’s, it will be unclear if there are other causes or a number of other factors that may lead to this condition.
Since multiple independent labs have come to the conclusion that gum disease may cause Alzheimer’ disease, it is very compelling. It proves just how important it is for patients to brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit our office every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Gum disease can be prevented by practicing excellent oral hygiene and stopped in its tracks when it’s caught early on.
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