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Poor Dental Health Increases Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

Dental HealthNIXA, MO-The importance of maintaining quality dental health continues to be magnified. According to a study completed by researchers from the University of Lancashire in the United Kingdom, people with poor oral hygiene could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as opposed to those with healthy teeth.

Experts looked at 10 brain samples from patients with dementia and another 10 brain samples from people who did not have the disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, revealed that the bacteria known as Porphyromonas gingivalis, was found in the samples affected by the disease.

It was noted that this bacteria typically resides in oral cavities and enters the bloodstream via activities such as chewing, eating, brushing teeth and invasive dental treatment