Poor oral hygiene could be linked to Alzheimer’s disease

A group of researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Florida (USA) and two British research centers, the Central Lancashire University and the Blizzard Institute, conducted a study that reveals that poor oral health increases the risk of losing the memory or develop Alzheimer’s.

The study reveals that people over age 65 who have or not own teeth, are more likely to suffer Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those that hold your teeth in a better state.

One of the possible causes is that infections of the gums caused by bacterial gingivitis and the microbe causing it, p. Gingivalis, could be associated in some way with the degeneration of brain tissue and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Journal of Alzheimer´s Disease. The release of substances that increase the brain inflammation could cause the death of neurons and accelerates the loss of memory.

In the study, they examined samples of brain tissue from healthy people and people with Alzheimer’s. A lipopolysaccharide belonging to the bacterium p. gingivalis, a bacterium that is found in the mouth, was found in four of every ten samples of brain tissue of Alzheimer’s. On the contrary, it was not present in samples of anyone who did not have Alzheimer’s.

This causes a vicious cycle, since having bad memory could cause loss of more teeth, which contribute to cognitive impairment. With the passage of time gum infections are very common and most of the time do not cause any symptoms and are gradually get worse if they do not receive proper treatment.

So now you know another reason to take care of your teeth! The ideal is to detect any potential gum disease as soon as possible to treat it and keep it from advancing.  Improve your oral hygiene to keep your teeth and memory in good condition.

Remember to make regular visits to your dentist to maintain good oral health. Call us at 1 800 701 6039, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 140 51 25.