Alzheimer’s and dementia: new studies provide another good reason for maintaining good oral hygiene


Researchers studying the cause of Alzheimer’s disease have identified amyloid and tau proteins that actually accumulate in the brain.

But Dr., a gynecologist at the Health Presbyterian Hospital in Texas. Diana Kervin said that they still have not been able to determine what sets off that cascade and begin accumulation in brain tissue.

“And so looking at something like an infectious etiology is actually something that’s been going on for about 10 years, but is actually in the background,” Kervin said. “And it hasn’t been until the last two to three years when a certain protein has actually been identified that is called gingivitis related to periodontal disease. And it is a link to amyloid protein that accumulates in the brain. “

Interview highlights

About study

  • It began in patients with Down syndrome. They observed that patients with poor periodontal health had an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, and their risk with Down syndrome. So someone started looking at him a little more closely.
  • Periodontal health was then seen in more observational studies in geriatric patients or older patients because they are at increased risk of Alzheimer’s. They started to notice that when you saw patients who had periodontal disease or had problems with periodontal disease, the risk of Alzheimer’s also increased.

Does gum disease occur before or after dementia?

This is important because the patient does not have periodontal disease after developing memory loss and dementia, and may not be doing the job well enough or able to live with personal care as well as personal hygiene, because memory loss or Madness. This is happening first. So we think it is part of the cause rather than the effect of the disease.

Is gum disease common in older adults?

  • Gum disease is common among many age groups. This becomes more challenging for older patients, depending on whether they have access to good dental care, and whether they are able to maintain their teeth.
  • In addition, many older patients use medication that causes dry mouth that can impair the health of the gums and mouth tissues.
  • But I think this is something that is likely to happen in patients while they still have the ability to maintain their oral hygiene. It’s just, we are not able to tell people how important it is.

Need one for further study?

  • There is some early evidence that it seems that there is a direct cause between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s, but it is early and remains to be seen.
  • I think we can definitely say, at this point, that poor gum health or periodontal disease will increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s because over time it is not addressed with good teeth cleaning and healthy gums is done.
  • This is definitely a risk factor. When you look at how I keep my brain healthy, part of it is also likely to maintain normal health. And part of it is your gums and your oral hygiene as well.

Resources

Large study links gum disease with dementia

NIH: Periodontal Disease in Seniors

Harvard Health: The Mouth of Aging – and How to Keep It Low

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