Top researchers have determined that gingivitis (gum disease) plays a decisive role in the health of the brain and if a person develops Alzheimer’s or not. Gingivitis bacteria produce a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain, which leads to memory loss, and Alzheimer’s. Mydel’s research team autopsied 53 people who died from Alzheimer’s. Ninety-six percent of the cases had gingivitis bacteria as a contributing factor in their disease. The bacteria migrate from the mouth to the brain where it causes destruction of nerve tissue where it takes hold.
DNA Connection – Gingivitis is Linked to Alzheimer’s
“We discovered DNA-based proof that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain,” says researcher Piotr Mydel at Broegelmanns Research Laboratory, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen (UiB).
Symptoms of Gingivitis
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Swollen gums
- Bright red gums
- Gums tender to the touch
- Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
How does Gingivitis Begin?
Without good nutrition and proper oral hygiene, bacterial plaque accumulates in the small gaps between teeth. These bacteria produce chemicals and toxins that promote an inflammatory response in the gum tissue. The gums then weaken and swell contributing to gingivitis symptoms.
Mydel says that harmful bacteria (P. gingivalis) is not the only cause of Alzheimer’s. The presence P. gingivalis raises the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and it increases the rate of progression of the disease. Good oral hygiene has been clearly shown to slow the rate of deterioration in Alzheimer’s disease.
Many Roads to Gingivitis
Besides its main bacterial origin, gingivitis has been linked to viral and fungal origins as well. There may also be a genetic predisposition, malnutrition factor, medication link, or a foreign body reaction causing gum inflammation. If a person is experiencing gingivitis, analyze the origins in order to successfully treat it.
Brushing and flossing after having food in the mouth is vitally important for everyone, but especially if Alzheimer’s runs in the family. Have a good biological dentist keep a close eye on all teeth and the gums, especially the molars since they are typically the first to decay between the teeth because they bear the brunt of chewing.
Using peppermint, oregano, or thyme essential oils in a home-made toothpaste provides antibacterial activity. Rinsing the mouth with a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide after brushing is also antibacterial.