November 28, 2022

Brushing your teeth twice a day may keep Alzheimer’s at bay!

Gum disease maybe causing Alzheimer’s is the latest hypothesis out there. No harm in keeping your mouth clean!

Multiple teams have been researching Porphyromonas gingivalis, the main bacterium involved in gum disease, which is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s. So far, the teams have claimed that:

  • P. gingivalis invades and inflames brain regions affected by Alzheimer’s.
  • Gum infections can worsen symptoms in mice genetically engineered to have Alzheimer’s.
  • P. gingivalis can cause Alzheimer’s-like brain inflammation, neural damage, and amyloid plaques in healthy mice.

“When science converges from multiple independent laboratories like this, it is very compelling.”

Casey Lynch of Cortexyme, a pharmaceutical firm in San Francisco

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