Did you know that about 700 species of bacteria live in your mouth? This includes those that can cause periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum (periodontal) disease occurs when there is an infection of the oral tissues holding teeth in place.
The main effects of this disease are
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Bacteria and the inflammatory molecules they make can travel from infections in the mouth through the bloodstream to the brain. Which is not good at all!
Porphyromonas gingivalis is the most common culprit of gum disease. A recent study suggests that plaques of beta-amyloid protein, a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, may be produced as a response to this infection.
Simply brushing your teeth twice daily and visiting your dentist in Milton Keynes regularly will help to avoid issues like gum disease.
If you care about your brain, look after your teeth.
Find out about Emma the Appledore Hygienist and how she can help you to keep your mouth healthy
The NIA Intramural Research Program team examined whether gum disease and infections with oral bacteria were linked to dementia diagnoses and deaths using restricted data linkages with Medicare records and the National Death Index in the US. The team compared different age groups at baseline, with up to 26 years of follow-up, for more than 6,000 participants. Read the full article on this study