Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease

You know that gum disease can have a devastating effect on your oral health if it is not treated. You can suffer from red, swollen, and bleeding gum. Your gums may recede. You may have chronic bad breath. You may notice that you have loose teeth or even end up losing your teeth due to gum disease. But did you know that gum disease may affect other parts of your health and well-being? 

Recent studies have shown that there may be a correlation between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers are specifically looking at the connection between P. gingivalis, a bacteria that is known to cause gum disease and how it correlates to Alzheimer’s disease.

In a study done at the University of California, researchers noticed that 96% of patients in their study who had Alzheimer’s disease also tested positive for a form of the gingipain enzyme (which is released by the bacteria P. gingivalis). 

But this study also noted that they were unsure whether patients suffered from gum disease before Alzheimer’s disease or vice versa.

Researchers are exercising caution with their findings, but are hopeful that further research can help lead to potential new treatments which will slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Gum disease a highly prevalent in adults with close to 50% of Americans suffering from it. With the potential for it to affect more than just your oral health, you should be doing all you can to protect yourself from it. Good oral hygiene habits and the use of products to fight gum disease, such as Perfect Smile Oral Care products, can go a long way to help.