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Treating periodontics (gum disease) could reduce or delay the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
"Recent studies provide increasing evidence that untreated periodontal inflammation is linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, and that treating periodontics my reduce or delay risk of this disease.
A study by professor St. John Crean and Dr. Sim Singhrao at the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry in England involved the examination of brain tissue samples of 10 deceased people with Alzheimer's and 10 people without it.
It was found that bacteria found in chronic periodontal disease were present in brains of four of the 10 people with Alzheimer's but in none of the 10 without it. Researchers theorized that chronic periodontal disease bacteria, P. gingivitis, enter the bloodstream and brain, prompting an immune system response, which over time is thought to contribute to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease."
Dental Tribune U.S. Edition October 2016