Today I want to share my thoughts and opinions on the recent research that was carried out on how gum problems can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by upto 70%.
Yes you read that right, 70 bloody percent
The types of gum disease are also going to play a part but we will discuss that later in the article.
It is a neurodegenerative disease that starts off slowly but worsens over a period of time. Symptoms include:
As the condition worsens the person will start to withdraw from family and friends and eventually the bodily functions are lost which leads to death.
I mean there’s a lot more that’s involved with this disease, you can go to Wikipedia or other journal sites to read more if you want. I just want to get the basics down so you know what i’m talking about.
It’s basically described as a swelling, soreness and infection of the tissue that keep the teeth in place.
There are 2 types of gum disease:
There is ongoing research into this subject matter but one of the studies examined brain tissue samples from 10 patients with dementia and 10 without. They discovered gum disease bacteria polysaccharides in 4 of the people with dementia. None were found in the healthy patients.
We know bacteria can easily enter the bloodstream through simple activities that we do, such as: chewing, eating and brushing. This is the dangerous part as once in the bloodstream, bacteria are transported to other areas of the body.
Researchers predicted the when bacteria reach the brain, they activate an immune system response which could kill off brain cells and ultimately be the mechanism that leads to changes in the brain. It could play a massive role in causing symptoms such as: confusion and deteriorating memory.
This research gives us a small insight into the possible link between gum disease and people who are vulnerable to developing alzheimer’s.
This was a small study examining only the brain tissues samples from a very small group of people (20). Because of this, the link between gum disease and alzheimer’s in this study could have happened by chance.
Another possibility could be that people with alzheimer’s have worse oral hygiene anyway than people without dementia, therefore the bacteria in the brain could be the result of alzheimer’s. Not The Cause.
Obviously more research is needed to fully determine the the link between gum disease and alzheimer’s.
Many research facilities around the world are actively playing a role in exploring this link, but it remains to be seen if poor dental hygiene can actually lead to dementia in healthy people.
If you are not taking proper care of your teeth then i highly suggest you start Right Now. I have written numerous pages which give you tips and suggestions to get your oral hygiene in check.
The two things i highly recommend are:
The two products above and a strict routine will help you immensely to keep your teeth and mouth absolutely spotless. You dentist will be shocked by the results….
I hope you found this article helpful and if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch and i will be more than happy to assist you.
Keep Smiling 🙂