Scientist Claim “Alzheimer’s might be associated with gum disease bacteria.”


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Scientist claim a maturing body of research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease might be connected to a strain of bacteria. Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease are thought to be only short-term memory loss and a depressed mood, so early diagnosis is difficult in most cases. The condition progressively deteriorates cognitive function, usually over a long period, and is devastating for loved ones to see their family member lose their cheeery personality.

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Porphyromonas gingivalis famous for being a reason for chronic gum disease. Scientists’ cognize structures named as amyloid proteins which are found in the brains of a patient of Alzheimer’s disease. Clumps of amyloid protein build up in the in the brain before symptoms appear. Presently, some scientists perceive the proteins that compose those proteins can be a part of the brain’s defense as opposed to bacteria including Porphyromonas gingivalis.

Latest studies in rodents have discovered that the bacteria (P. gingivalis) do infect sections of the brain leading to neural damage in the regions and nerves normally affected by Alzheimer’s Disease in humans.

There has also been a link established between gum disease, heart disease and stroke. This is due to an inflammation response of blood vessels to the bacteria. So we already know that the brain can certainly be affected due to the increased risk of clots in blood vessels, causing brain injury, and thereby linking gum disease with a decline in cognitive ability.

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Now researchers from San Francisco Pharmaceutical company (Cortexyme) and several universities have reported finding toxic enzymes that the bacteria (P. gingivalis) uses to feed on brain tissue in 99 and 96 percent of 54 human Alzheimer’s brain samples.


Scientists at Cortexyme, are investigating a potent drug to stop the apparent effects of gum bacteria in the brain. Former research explored the substance appeared to be safe and looked to have a positive impact on Alzheimer’s patients, as reported by the company.
Perceiving the hypothesis is correct, how do the bacteria get into the brain? It’s not clear when and how the bacteria travels from one region to another region, from gums to brain, and start damaging the area since.

There are far more patients of gum disease than those of Alzheimer’s as it does take decades to start to see symtoms. It can be expected that the news of potential link will direct to people contributing more time on dental health than they do, while: one research has indicated less than one-third of the population floss on a regular basis. Moreover, when studies a few years ago showed that there had not been a comprehensive study presenting the advantages of flossing, most dentists still suggest the practice to keep your teeth clean, and nobody will argue about removing crumbling food around teeth!