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We all have been told the connection between gum disease and heart disease but did you know it also has an affect on your risk of developing dementia

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. The cause is not fully understood making it hard to treat or prevent.

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The School of Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) were the first to report a link between gum disease and Alzheimer's disease. Now 2 more studies make a stronger connection between gum disease in the mouth and deteriorating brain function.1,2

A bacteria with the long name Porphyromonas gingivalis that destroys gum tissue has been found in brain tissue of an Alzheimer patient. Without getting too technical their enzymes have also been linked to the destruction of brain cells. 

So don't delay or skip your dental check-ups. It’s not just a cleaning. Let us help you to not only keep your teeth and heart healthy but also keep your brain sharp for many years to come.

1.Kanagasingam S, von Ruhland C, Welbury R, Singhrao S K. Antimicrobial, polarizing light, and paired helical filament properties of fragmented tau peptides of selected putative gingipains. J Alzheimers Dis 2022; doi: 10.3233/JAD-220486.
2.Kanagasingam S, von Ruhland C, Welbury R, Chukkapalli S S, Singhrao S K. Porphyromonas gingivalis conditioned medium induces amyloidogenic processing of the amyloid-ß Protein precursor upon in vitro infection of SH-SY5Y cells. J Alzheimers Dis Rep 2022; doi: 10.3233/ADR-220029

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