WebDental

Social network for dentists and dental professionals to share news and ideas.

Periodontal (Gum) Inflammation Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

NYU dental researchers have found the first long-term evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired. The NYU study offers fresh evidence that gum inflammation may contribute to brain inflammation, neurodegeneration, and Alzheimer's disease. The research team, led by Dr. Angela Kamer, Assistant Professor of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry, examined 20 years of data that support the hypothesis of a possible causal link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer's disease. "The research suggests that cognitively normal subjects with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation," Dr. Kamer said. Dr. Kamer's study, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Douglas E. Morse, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at NYU College of Dentistry, and a team of researchers in Denmark, builds upon a 2008 study by Dr. Kamer which found that subjects with Alzheimer's disease had a significantly higher level of antibodies and inflammatory molecules associated with periodontal disease in their plasma compared to healthy people.

This is just another example of the important link between dental and periodontal diseases and general medical health. Your comments are appreciated.

Source: Science Daily

Views: 167

Comment

You need to be a member of WebDental to add comments!

Join WebDental

WebDental Facebook Fan Page

Latest Activity

Tariq Drabu posted a blog post

Tips on how to reduce anxiety during a dental implant procedure.

When it comes to dental care, one of the most common phobias among the adults is the dental…See More
yesterday
Tariq Drabu posted blog posts
Thursday
Dr. Paul Heath joined WebDental's group
Thumbnail

Esthetic Dentistry

Network with colleagues, communicate with experts, and post questions regarding esthetic dentistry.
Tuesday
Dr. Paul Heath updated their profile
Tuesday
Hassan Mushaid updated their profile
Tuesday
Hassan Mushaid posted a video

Is Your Dental Practice GDPR Compliant? Next Level Practice Talks with Hassan Mushaid Ep2

The new GDPR Regulations and is your Dental Practice compliant? General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in the news for many months now but the dental practices we have spoken to have no idea what it is, how will affect their dental…
Tuesday
Profile IconNaveen Sharma, Dr. Paul Heath, Bakersfield Smile Design and 7 more joined WebDental
Tuesday
Tariq Drabu posted blog posts
Tuesday

© 2018   Created by WebDental.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service