This hypothesis was first discussed in 2010, but a study in the scientific journal Science Advances reinforces the theory that Alzheimer’s may be caused by gum disease. The pathogen that causes gingivitis was found in Alzheimer’s patients, 96% of whom had ‘Porphyromonas gingivalis’ in their brains.
The bacterium moves to the brain and excretes a harmful enzyme that leads to the destruction of neurons. Hence, the memory loss and degeneration characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Gingipain is responsible for the brain damage and its subsequent sequelae. It is neither the only cause nor conclusive, but experts are sure that it is a very important avenue of research.
Experiments have also been carried out with laboratory rats in which the chronic periodontitis pathogen is introduced to them and the results were positive. The oral infection reaches the brain and produces beta-amyloid, a bacterium that is directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Prevention: the best way forward
The connection found between gum infection and Alzheimer’s opens up a new path of prevention: If there is a family history, it is essential to have check-ups with your dental clinic. Brushing and flossing are also a way to avoid infections in everyday life. Last but not least, it is also important to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, as this is the best way to prevent diseases and infections.
At Costa Adeje Dental Center we have professionals trained to make accurate assessments and diagnoses. Thus, we evaluate the risks and health problems that our patients may have in their oral cavity. All this allows us to draw up a personalised action and treatment plan for better oral health and consequently prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
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