Periodontal disease and poor dental health may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease

Scientists says that periodontal disease and poor dental health could be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Brain Dreamstime

Scientists say that periodontal disease and poor dental health could be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Brain Dreamstime
Dreamstime.com

Researchers recently examined the brains of 10 deceased Alzheimer's victims. The brains of the dementia patients were found to show signs of the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis, which may have triggered an immune response that lead to the death of neurons. This process could trigger the changes typical of Alzheimer's disease, causing symptoms of memory loss and confusion.

The findings of the scientific study were reported in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Read more from the articles published in Mail Online and BigPondNews.

RELATED |Alzheimer's disease: Are you at risk?

RELATED |Patient health, not just oral health

More in Oral-systemic Health