Can avoiding Alzheimer’s disease be as simple as brushing your teeth and flossing every day?
The NYU Dental College thinks they’ve found the deadly link between mouth and mind:
A new one-year study by New York University College of Dentistry researchers led by Dr. Angela R. Kamer, an Assistant Professor of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, has established a link between the body’s immune response to a common mouth bacteria and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Dr. Kamer recently presented her findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2008. Dr. Kamer’s study examined 18 patients with probable AD and a control group of 16 who did not have the disease.
“Twice as many subjects with probable AD tested positive for antibodies in their plasma against a type of bacteria that is commonly found in the mouth, particularly if patients have periodontal infection,” said Dr. Kamer. “This pilot study supports a growing body of evidence that associates notable immune changes with a means of predicting and classifying Alzheimer’s disease.”
If we can avoid Alzheimer’s by merely taking care of our teeth and gums — then we will truly have taken a preventative medicine step with verifiable benefits for our long-term future.