Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s a treatable condition at The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth. Keeping your gums healthy is essential for your overall health, but if you need yet another reason to keep them healthy, we’ve got a doozy.
Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The researchers concluded:
“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
For the most part, gum disease is preventable. The best thing you can do to prevent it is brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.