We try to keep our patients aware of the latest findings on periodontal disease. In recent years, there has been a multitude of research linking periodontal disease (also known as severe gum disease or gingivitis) to other systemic diseases of the body like cancer and kidney disease.
A recent report published in Science Advances links the particular bacteria associated with gum disease (Porphyromonas gingivalis – known as Pg) with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Researchers studied 53 cases of both living and diseased Alzheimer’s patients. They found that the particular enzyme from the bacteria associated with gum disease was found in NEARLY ALL —51—of those patients. The bacteria is thought to travel from the mouth to the brain, destroying brain cells.
Scary findings, but here’s a positive way of viewing this news: In its mildest form, gum disease is REVERSIBLE with proper dental care. It may not be too late to take care of your teeth. Please don’t delay and make an appointment with your periodontist to help avoid possible long-term health issues resulting from currently poor oral health.