Gum disease linked with Alzheimer’s



A team of British researchers has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to researchers, periodontitis or gum disease is associated with increased dementia severity and subsequent greater progression of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

“However, if there is a direct relationship between periodontitis and cognitive decline, as this current study suggests, then treatment of gum disease might be a possible treatment option for Alzheimer’s,” added senior author Clive Holmes from the University of Southampton.

In the observational study, 59 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were cognitively assessed and a blood sample was taken. — IANS
Source - The Hindu

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