Does Periodontal Disease cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

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“I don’t care, it’s just my mouth.” I hear this often from people who place little value on their oral health. They really believe that their mouth isn’t connected to the rest of their body. Scientists are finding that, not only is it connected, many of our most common chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and now Alzheimer’s may be associated with periodontal (gum) disease. In a recent study published in Science Advances, researchers found that one of the main bacteria responsible for periodontal disease was found in the central nervous systems of Alzheimer’s patients. This indicates a possible link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. Previous studies have found decreased cognitive function in people with advanced gum disease. The health of your mouth certainly is associated with your overall health, so make your oral health a priority, and you’ll likely lead a longer and better life.