Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. That alone should motivate you to brush and floss every day. It’s a preventable condition, but also treatable at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL.
Now comes word that scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes gum disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that often leads to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The research study is called “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors,” and can be found online at Science Advances.
The researchers concluded:
“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.
Regular cleanings and checkups at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL are also a must. We can treat gum disease, and also offer a wide range of general dentistry serrvices. Schedule your next appointment with us today.