Gum disease sufferers 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, says study
Long-term gum disease can lead to Alzheimer’s, a recent study from Taiwan has reported.
Gum disease can raise signs of inflammation throughout the body, and the study concluded that low-grade inflammation may play a ‘substantial role’ in contributing to the development of Alzheimer’s.
Although no direct link between gum disease and memory loss was found, the Taiwanese researchers found that patients who had suffered with gum disease for ten years or more were 70% more likely of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Long-term gum disease, also known as chronic periodontitis, happens when large amounts of plaque builds up on neglected teeth, which then leads to an infection in the gums. If gum disease is not spotted and treated quickly enough, the disease becomes irreversible.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.Surveys have shown that as many as 15% of the UK population will lose a significant number of teeth due to problems with gums or the bone supporting the teeth.
Leading academics called for patients with gum disease to be aware of the risk.
“Because periodontitis is a preventable and treatable disease, patients should be aware of the potential risks of gum infection” said Dr Yago Feijoo, a Spanish academic who commented on the study.
Dr James Main of Main Dental Partnership, one of our sister practices explained: “This study highlights the importance of regular dental check ups. Preventing plaque build-up and regularly checking gums for signs of infection means your dentist can spot problems before they become worse”.
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