This interesting article in Science Alert has linked Alzheimer’s disease to an infection in your gums. We know that oral health is important, however, this study makes a strong correlation between the two diseases. Even more of a reason to make sure you are taking good care of your gums and that we make sure that the seniors we care for are doing this as well. Check out our video on oral care for help in how to get a person with dementia to perform regular oral care.
Here is a piece from the article:
In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies have backed an alarming hypothesis: Alzheimer’s disease isn’t just a disease, it’s an infection.
While the exact mechanisms of this infection are something researchers are still trying to isolate, a litany of papers argue the deadly spread of Alzheimer’s goes way beyond what we used to think.
Now, scientists are saying they’ve got one of the most definitive leads yet for a bacterial culprit behind Alzheimer’s, and it comes from a somewhat unexpected quarter: gum disease.
In a new paper led by senior author Jan Potempa, a microbiologist from the University of Louisville, researchers report the discovery of Porphyromonas gingivalis – the pathogen behind chronic periodontitis (aka gum disease) – in the brains of deceased Alzheimer’s patients.
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A second article in NewScientis basically corroborates the previous article and also offers some tips on oral care. The article can be read here: