Poor Dental Health Can Lead To Alzheimer's

I wonder if conventional dentistry will finally wake up in regard to the long-term dangers surrounding periodontal disease after a new study revealed missing teeth and gum disease at an early age may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Rather than treat it as a cause of Alzheimer's, however, researchers believe periodontal disease may be a marker for chronic exposures that provokes an inflammatory response, damage many tissues -- including the brain -- which may contribute to the development of the disease.

The study examined various lifestyle factors of more than 100 pairs of identical twins (one with dementia and the other without it). Scientists found twins with severe periodontal disease before age 35 increased their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by a factor of five.

The good news about this study, from my perspective, is just how easily you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and tooth problems by making a few dietary and lifestyle changes:

Los Angeles Times June 27, 2005

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