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Dental Facts – Alzheimer’s and Oral Hygiene

As per a research study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, people with improper oral hygiene or periodontal disease up their risks of developing the disease compared to those with good oral hygiene. The study conducted by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire found a bacterium associated with gum disease in the brains of patients suffering from dementia.

 

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As per the study, the bacteria, usually found in dental caries, may enter the blood stream through activities as simple as chewing food or brushing teeth. It may also enter the blood stream following complex dental work. It may enter the brain from there.

Whenever the bacteria enters the brain, it kick-starts an immunity action which results in neurons getting killed by the excess chemicals released. This could lead to signs of Alzheimer’s, such as confusion and a failing memory.

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