Alzheimer’s- A Dental Disease?
In 2010 NYU researchers found a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. Their study was too small to provide anything other than a glimpse into a potentially devastating connection. Their study was, however, able to separate mitigating factors often associated with poor dental care, like smoking and obesity. Basically, it was enough for someone else to build off of.
A British group picked up the research and found a bacteria indicative of gum disease in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Still this wasn’t strong enough to prove causation, just enough to further the connection and strengthen the evidence. Finally this year they conducted a test with mice that proved, finally, this bacteria did either worsen or help precipitate Alzheimer’s in mice. That’s right, gun disease leads to a worsening or even the precipitation of Alzheimer’s.
Now studies are popping up proving the same or similar bacteria are responsible for pancreatic cancer and heart disease! The reason is, once this bacteria gets into the blood stream via bleeding gums, the body doesn’t know how to fight it in such strange areas and inadvertently causes damage! Read more about these studies here-
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