Associations between Periodontal Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease: Can brushing your teeth affect Alzheimer’s disease?

Nicola West, Deborah Shoemark, Maria Davies, Shelley Allen-Birt

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Abstract

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.
Translated title of the contributionAssociations between Periodontal Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease: Can brushing your teeth affect Alzheimer’s disease?
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalPeriodoncia Clinica
Volume2017
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2017

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