Gingivitis & Alzheimer's

Gingivitis and Alzheimer’s may seem unlikely to be related if only given a passing thought. However, could there be a link between gingivitis and Alzheimer’s disease? Dr. Lattinelli provides alarming information that addresses this very question.

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In recent years, scientists have been researching a bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis, commonly referred to as P. gingivalis, as a potential contributing agent of Alzheimer’s disease. This devastating pathogen triggers gum disease and is responsible for causing gingivitis in its early stages. It is possible that insufficient oral hygiene can not only often result in gingivitis, but may ultimately contribute to Alzheimer’s disease if left untreated. Medical experts have found that Alzheimer’s patients have a significantly increased rate of gingivitis and advanced periodontal disease compared to their non-gingivitis counterparts.

It is believed that the “bad” bacteria that lead to gum disease eventually travel to the tissue of the brain. The bacteria may have a point of entry by way of the empty spaces of missing teeth. The prevalence of dementia rises in correlation with the more teeth that are lost in patients. Tooth loss is commonly a result of periodontal disease which seems to link infected gums to Alzheimer’s disease. At least one study has shown that people with the least number of teeth remaining in their mouths had the highest threat of developing dementia.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, causes inflammation to occur. Scientists have connected this disease to inflammation of the brain, usually noted in Alzheimer’s disease. The P. gingivalis, or gum disease bacteria, travel to the brain and multiply over time. The inflammation causes dementia and Alzheimer’s-like manifestations.

In conclusion, maintaining good dental health has numerous advantages that go way beyond the integrity of your mouth. Benefits range from being able to showcase a beautiful smile and preventing tooth loss to perhaps even preventing Alzheimer’s disease. You can do your part by staying on course by sticking to routine checkups and undergoing treatment if diagnosed with any conditions including periodontal disease or gingivitis. Your mouth, body, and mind will all thank you for adhering to proper oral care.

Dr. Lattinelli is a renowned medical professional in the community. His trusted dental practice provides a thorough scope of services, from conducting routine examinations, diagnosing and correcting oral health concerns, to performing various cosmetic procedures. Dr. Lattinelli’s office is located at 121 East 60th Street in Manhattan and you may schedule an appointment by calling (212) 752-7188. Optimum patient care and comfort are always our most important goals. Together, we can make sure that your oral health is the very best it can be.

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