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.
Back To Basics:
What Is Alzheimer’s
It is a neurodegenerative disease that starts off slowly but worsens over a period of time. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty in remembering recent events
- problems with language
- loss of motivation
- mood swings
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.
What Is Gum Disease
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:
- Gingivitis – this occurs when the gums around the teeth become red and swollen. you will often see with this condition that when you brush your teeth the gums will start to bleed.
- Periodontal disease – long term gingivitis if not treated will often lead to periodontal disease. It affects the tissue surrounding the teeth. the bones anchoring the teeth will become weak leading to the tooth falling out.
How Is Gum Disease related to Alzheimer’s
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.
How Accurate Is The Research?
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.
This could have significant implications for the population as a whole!
What Can I Do To Minimise The Risk Of Gum Disease
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:
- Electric Toothbrushes – Proven time and time again to be far superior than manual brushes
- Orawellness healthy mouth blend – One of the best natural and organic gum disease treatments currently available on the market.
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 Guarantee It!
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 🙂