Periodontal disease has recently emerged as an important risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Although there is still much which is not understood about the specific underlying mechanisms, we know that there is a strong association between the two diseases, which relates to the bacteria involved and the chronic inflammatory states which they share. This review examines the evidence for the co-existence of these diseases and the likely reasons as to why periodontitis may trigger a chain of events which finally presents as the most prevalent dementia worldwide.
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 23 May 2017|