Oral Bacteria is Linked to Alzheimer's
As if there hasn't been enough of a connection between oral bacteria and disease, new studies are making an even stronger case for the link between Alzheimer's and our oral health. Multiple studies are now linking Poryphyromonas gingivalis (known as P. gingivalis) to Alzheimer's due to its presence in postmortem samples taken from deceased Alzheimer's patients.
P. gingivalis commonly infiltrates the gums during the teenage years. About one in five people under 30 have low levels in their gums. It is not harmful for most people; especially if they care for their teeth properly. If the bacteria grows to large numbers, though, the body's immune system kicks in and inflammation becomes evident through redness, swelling, bleeding and an increase in receding gums, also known as periodontal disease. To make matters worse, P. gingivalis is known to influence other benign bacteria in the mouth, to change their activities and increase the body's immune response and inflammation.
New research is currently going on as to how to target these specific bacteria without the use of antibiotics. A saliva test is available, which measures eleven oral pathogens, including P. gingivalis. Bacteria enter the bloodstream via chewing and brushing teeth, making it imperative that routine professional cleanings that remove bacteria below the gumline be done on a regular basis, and homecare should include a regime of brushing and flossing to keep bacterial counts low. Oral hygiene is important throughout life for a beautiful smile and a healthy life. Schedule your appointment today!
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