Periodontal disease (gum disease) bacteria may kick-start Alzheimer’s

Periodontal disease (gum disease) bacteria may kick-start Alzheimer’s

Research findings recently published from the University of Illinois Chicago suggests that “periodontal disease, a common but preventable gum infection, may be an initiator of Alzheimer’s, which currently has no treatment or cure.

The researchers found that the mice chronically exposed to the bacteria had significantly higher amounts of accumulated amyloid beta — a senile plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. The study group also had more brain inflammation and fewer intact neurons due to degeneration.

The researchers say that understanding causality and risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s is critical to the development of treatments, particularly when it comes to sporadic, or late-onset disease, which constitutes more than 95 percent of cases and has largely unknown causes and mechanisms.”

“Oral hygiene is an important predictor of disease, including diseases that happen outside the mouth,” Dr. Watanabe said. “People can do so much for their personal health by taking oral health seriously.”


Lauren Vredenburg