This is the first article that ever linked oral bacteria with Alzheimer's disease.
The researchers also looked at the brains of deceased patients who had Alzheimer's. They found a footprint of the bacteria within the brain. This has stimulated research to understand how the bacteria could somehow be responsible for producing the changes that occur in brain cells leading to their destruction and ultimately be onset of Alzheimer's.
There is a great deal of research going on regarding the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic diseases, whether it be heart disease, arthritis, or, as in this case, possible Alzheimer's. I would urge you to stay tuned.
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.
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Westchester Center of Periodontal and Implant Excellence
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