Gum disease tied to Alzheimer’s risk: UCLan study

Gum disease tied to Alzheimer’s risk: UCLan studyCurated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from The Hindu

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“People with poor dental hygiene or gum disease may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study…”

See full article on The Hindu


This article relates the findings of a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.  According to the study, brain tissue obtained from deceased dementia patients contained the same type of bacteria which causes gum disease.    The study didn’t prove that gum disease necessarily causes dementia, just that the same bacteria is present.  There is a theory that the gum disease may actually cause dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease but as yet it hasn’t been proven.  The point is that it could be a cause/effect relationship.

Dr. Rodney D. Chowning, DDS, General Dentistry, Denton, TX