Is there a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s? Can taking care of your gums and teeth also help protect your brain? Studies show that there is a modest connection, but researchers are being cautiously optimistic before making conclusive statements.
As Alzheimer’s afflicts millions of our loved ones - more than 3 million US cases per year, many of us try to understand why and how this happens. New research has found a link between gum disease, dementia and the bacterium found in both infected gums and brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients.
A study published last year in the journal Science Advances, found that people with chronic gum disease for 10 years or more had a 70 percent higher risk of Alzheimer’s than those without gum disease.