PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Jeffrey Burgess, DDS
, is a retired dentist and an accomplished author. Throughout the course of his career, he has published countless articles on the subject of oral hygiene and dentistry. Now, he is commenting on a new article
that links bad oral health to dementia. The piece explains that even small steps, such as brushing teeth in the morning, can play a major role in a person's health as they age.
An article published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease discusses a study that links bad oral hygiene to dementia. The findings discuss how researchers found unusually high levels of Porphyromonas gingivalis, a type of bacteria that leads to gum disease, in the brain samples of 10 deceased dementia patients. The scientists believe that the bacteria may have traveled from the mouth to the brain through the bloodstream, thus forcing the immune system to release a series of chemicals that then kill off brain cells.
Though the findings are important, they have not yet proven that this kind of bacterium can directly lead to Alzheimer's disease. Instead, the work has simply illustrated that bacteria can travel from the mouth to the brain. It is also possible that these bacteria can worsen an existing case of dementia, even if they are not able to cause it on their own. The scientists explain that more research is needed in order to further solidify the connection between the two.
In the past, studies have examined the connection between dental health and heart disease, with many different research efforts linking the two. Researchers are still not sure exactly how the connection exists, but they suspect that bacteria from gum disease can cause inflammation in the body, thus contributing to a number of health concerns.
In 2009, a review of research found that people with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A 2010 study also found that poor oral hygiene was linked to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease.
"Anytime researchers find a link between oral hygiene and a health concern, it deserves attention. Hopefully these findings encourage people to keep a focus on their oral hygiene," explains Jeffrey Burgess, DDS.
Though the links are not yet solidified between poor oral hygiene and health issues, dentists recommend that patients continue to focus on regular brushing and flossing sessions in order to keep themselves health.
"These findings are important to the dental community, as well as for all people. Oral hygiene should always be a priority, even more so now that we are beginning to understand just how much of an impact a person's teeth and gums can have on the rest of their health and well being," explains Jeffrey Burgess, DDS.
Jeffrey Burgess, DDS, is an accomplished dentist, writer, and photographer, who has used a number of different talents to build a diverse career. He has published countless articles on topics pertaining to dentistry, and is well regarded in his field. He is a graduate of the University of Washington in Dental School. He completed post-doctoral work in pain and anesthesiology from 1985 to 1987. During that time, he also published several articles.