Researchers from the University of Bergen have noticed the link between gingivitis and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have discovered that the bacteria causing gum disease – gingivitis – can enter the brain. Bacteria produce enzyme proteins which destroy nerve cells in the brain. This in turn leads to memory loss and increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The bacterium is not a direct cause of the disease, but when it penetrates the brain, it can provoke or accelerate its development.
The scientists’ findings are encouraging for our health is in our hands. To prevent gingivitis and the possible subsequent development of Alzheimer’s disease, you need to properly brush your teeth, use dental floss, and visit your dentist regularly. Oral hygiene is a correct, healthy behavior which should be developed from childhood and maintained throughout life.