Oral health news has been buzzing as of late regarding the link between chronic gum disease and Alzheimer’s (AD).
Science Advances recently published a paper that has flooded news feeds about how researchers are identifying Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Researcher Jan Potempa, Ph.D., from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases, ran point as part of a team of international scientists. The study was put on by privately-held, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, Cortexyme Inc. and linked Pg, a bacterium that is commonly associated with chronic gum disease, to AD.
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Periodontitis (also known as gum disease) affects nearly 9% of American adults between 20-64 according to data collected by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Oral Pg infection is being shown to lead to bacterial brain colonization, not to mention increased production of amyloid beta (Aβ), which is a component of amyloid plaques that have been associated with Alzheimer’s.
What You Can Do to Reduce Your Chances of AD
Although these findings do not necessarily mean that gum disease is a direct cause of Alzheimer’s, it’s still a good idea to be aware of this new information and use it as a springboard for living a life of good oral health.
Bacteria that invade through your mouth can cause the kind of neuroinflammation and buildup that can cause a number of health problems — Alzheimer’s now included.
By keeping your annual checkups you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy, sparkling smile, but you’ll also be able to live with the sort of peace of mind that comes along with staying on top of a rigorous health and wellness routine.
Bedford Dental Group is here for any treatments and procedures our patients need, from routine cleanings, annual checkups, to orthodontics and cosmetic treatments that help patients achieve a smile that really has that “wow” factor. As we keep learning from study after study, keeping your teeth and gums healthy has more than just aesthetic benefits. It’s good for your overall health as well. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
Stephen S. Dominy et al. Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors. Science Advances, 2019 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3333