Protect the Health of You Loved Ones: Periodontal Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s
Chronic periodontal disease has been linked to a number of diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Perhaps the most terrifying disease periodontal disease is linked to, is Alzheimer’s. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's and 1 in 3 seniors will die with some form of Alzheimer’s.
Direct Link between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s
In 2010, researchers from New York University (NYU) used 20 years of data following a group of people from age 50-70 and found a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. At the age of 70, people with inflamed gums were nine times more likely to score low on the cognitive test.
How Gum Disease Can Cause Alzheimer’s
In a 2013 study, the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) was found in brain samples of 10 patients with Alzheimer's but in none of the ten samples from people with without the disease. P. gingivalis is a bacteria usually associated with periodontal disease. Further evidence of gum disease being a potential cause of Alzheimers come from a 2014 study which found evidence that 2 out 3 bacteria normal associated with gum disease are capable of migrating.
People with bleeding gums are especially susceptible to having bacteria migrate to the brain via the blood stream, Once in the brain, the body’s own immune response can damage neurons and cause Alzheimer’s.
An Easy Problem to Solve
Treating gum disease has never been easier. New laser gum surgeries such as the LANAP protocol provide a mostly pain free solution to severe periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will also help avoid gum disease. Take care of your gums, it is more than just your mouth at stake! If you have any questions call your dentist for more details.