Periodontal health is increasingly being linked to playing a larger role in systemic health. A significant body of research has associated periodontal disease with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma and adverse pregnancy complications.
The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are still not fully understood. More recently a link between a bacteria gum causing disease (P. gingivalis)and Alzheimer’s. Doctors have observed that gingivitis is more common among people with Alzheimer’s disease, although that could be because these people find dental hygiene more challenging.
This study involved a series of experiments on human brain tissues in the laboratory and on mice. Researchers found P. gingivalis DNA in 7 out of 10 cerebrospinal fluid samples of people with Alzheimer’s disease and all 10 matched saliva samples.
This study presents new information about the possible link that a common mouth bacterium could have with Alzheimer’s disease, and investigates a potential treatment. While this search is ongoing, it is important that you maintain good oral hygiene habits but brushing and flossing regularly, attend your cosmetic dentist regular check-up visits and hygienist visits for professional teeth cleaning