Need another reason to keep your gums in good condition? Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes advanced gum disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s pretty scary stuff. We treat gum disease at Priority Dental in Casper.
Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The researchers concluded:
“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
The study can be found by following this link.
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, inadequate oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.
This study should dispel the misconception that dental health is somehow separate from physical health.
At Priority Dental in Casper, we treat gum disease, and strongly recommend a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. It’s the best way to maintain health teeth and gums. Our services include family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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