Could gum disease and poor dental health be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease?

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Dental hygienist flossing a patient’s teeth during a periodic tooth cleaning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Ellie Zolfagharifard and Jenny Hope

Bad teeth and gum disease could be linked to Alzheimer’s, say scientists.

The bacteria caused by poor oral hygiene can kill off nerve cells once they reach the ain, causing the confusion and memory loss associated with dementia.

Researchers who examined the ains of ten dead Alzheimer’s patients found signs of the bug P. gingivalis.

Previous research has shown people who look after their teeth and gums have lower risk of dementia – particularly women.Inflammation triggered by gum disease has also been implicated in heart disease and diabetes

Scientists at the University of Central Lancashire suspect that the microbe leads to the death of ain cells bytriggering a chemical immune response. More…Could cheap tea bags make you ill? Study reveals they contain high fluoride levels that could damage teeth, bones and musclesThe mini marbles that can repair tooth decay and alleviate sensitive teethSweeteners are not bad for you: Take the scare stories about diet drinks and sweets with a pinch of salt, experts say

Despite the findings, reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, it ‘remains to be proven’ whether poor dental hygiene can lead to dementia in healthy people.

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