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November is time for Alzheimer's Awareness!
So you might be wondering what Alzheimer's and oral health have in common. Actually quite a bit! A newly released study stated that periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer's.
Long term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The findings suggest that periodontal disease, a common but preventable gum infection, may be an initiator of Alzheimer's, which currently has no treatment or cure.
"Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer's patients,: said Dr. Keiko Watanabe, professor of periodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry and corresponding author on the study.
To study the impact of the bacteria on brain health, researchers established chronic periodontitis, in 10 wild type mice, with another 10 mice as the control group. After 22 weeks of repeated oral application of the bacteria to the study group, the researchers studied the brain tissue of the mice and compared brain health.
Researchers found that the mice chronically exposed to the bacteria had significantly higher amounts of accumulated amyloid beta- a senile plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer's patients. The study group also had more brain inflammation and fewer intact neurons due to degeneration.
The data not only demonstrated the movement of bacteria from the mouth to the brain, but also that chronic infection leads to neural effects similar to Alzheimer's.
These findings are powerful in part because they used a wild type mouse model; most model systems used to study Alzheimer's rely on transgenic mice, which have been genetically altered to more strongly express genes associated with the senile plaque and enable Alzheimer's development.
While the findings are significant for the scientific community, Watanabe said there are lessons for everyone.
" ORAL HYGIENE IS AN IMPORTANT PREDICTOR OF DISEASE, INDLUDING DISEASES THAT HAPPEN OUTSIDE THE MOUTH. PEOPLE CAN DO SO MUCH FOR THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH BY TAKING ORAL HEALTH SERIOUSLY"
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