As if you needed another reason to keep your gums as healthy as possible.
Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that often causes chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The researchers concluded:
“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, inadequate oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.
This study should dispel the misconception that oral health is somehow separate from physical health.
It is critical to see your dentist regularly to keep your gums healthy (as well as your teeth). To schedule a periodontal disease exam, call La Costa Dental Excellence today at 760-633-3033 or visit https://www.lacostadentalexcellence.com/.
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