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Author:  Badri [ 30 Aug 2017 23:50 ]
Post subject:  Gum Disease and Dementia

Here is another evidence linking oral health with more serious health problems.

A study, jointly led by King’s College London and the University of Southampton and published in the journal PLOS ONE, set out to determine whether periodontitis or gum disease is associated with increased dementia severity and subsequent greater progression of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The authors concluded that gum disease is associated with an increase in cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, possibly via mechanisms linked to the body’s inflammatory response.

‘A number of studies have shown that having few teeth, possibly as a consequence of earlier gum disease, is associated with a greater risk of developing dementia,’ Dr Mark Ide, first author from the Dental Institute at King’s College London, said.

‘We also believe, based on various research findings, that the presence of teeth with active gum disease results in higher body-wide levels of the sorts of inflammatory molecules which have also been associated with an elevated risk of other outcomes such as cognitive decline or cardiovascular disease.

‘Research has suggested that effective gum treatment can reduce the levels of these molecules closer to that seen in a healthy state.

‘Previous studies have also shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have poorer dental health than others of similar age and that the more severe the dementia the worse the dental health, most likely reflecting greater difficulties with taking care of oneself as dementia becomes more severe.

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