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Link Between Periodontal Disease And Alzheimer’s

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Periodontal or gum disease is a term that covers a wide range of maladies which can range from the fairly tame to the much more serious. On the less serious side, a person may be dealing with a fairly straightforward inflammation of the gums. Moving to the more serious side, a different person could be facing the possibility of losing teeth because of resulting injury to the bones and tissue which support the teeth.

 

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For many individuals, periodontal disease is something associated with mouth and dental issues. However, research and studies are being conducted which appear to focus on a link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease. At the theoretical level, there is sound reasoning behind the idea that periodontal disease could have a relationship with Alzheimer’s.

 

Periodontal disease presents with such problems as infections involving viruses or bacteria. The existence of these infections can then create effects within the brain, both directly or indirectly, which could then make it more likely for the individual to suffer from Alzheimer’s. In addition, if a person suffers from periodontal disease, this will tend to provoke and potentially elevate the body’s response mechanisms to infection. These responses can then make it more likely that any existing problems in the person’s brain could become more serious.

 

More studies need to be done in order to more concretely ascertain the link between a person’s dental well-being, and brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s. However, it is clear that this potential link or relationship is worth pursuing, if only in order to have another way to help avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s.

  • Pat Pine

    Glad to see that medical connection is finally being made to the public again!!! It’s been 15-20 years since the dental profession has been aware that medical and dental illnesses are connected! What took so long. Professionals need to treat the whole-entire body head to toe. Everything starts in the mouth, so if that’s infected it only makes sense that the blood stream would have bacteria, infection traveling through the body. We need to educate the medical profession along with the public, now now later.

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