In recent months, a number of publications and reports have drawn attention to studies that have found a possible link between poor oral health and the eventual onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Studies at the University of Central Lancashire found that a strain of bacteria found in the brains of patients who had suffered from dementia prior to their deaths was consistent with that found in patients who suffer from gum disease.
The unconfirmed theory is that these bacteria transmit from the gums through to the brain , causing the immune system to possibly kill off brain cells where such bacteria then becomes present. This is believed to be the cause of memory loss – one of the most prominent and devastating effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The studies are thus far inconclusive but the best way to combat poor oral health and any of the associated problems it can cause for your wider health, is to continue to visit the dentist on the basis you are recommended to as an individual.
If you would like to arrange an appointment with our dentist or hygienist, please do not hesitate to contact us using the function on our website, or contact us directly by telephone at the practice.