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Brush your teeth – Postpone Alzheimer´s

You can slow down the development of Alzheimer´s, if you maintain good oral health. Photo: Colourbox

You can slow down the development of Alzheimer´s, if you maintain good oral health. Photo: Colourbox

You don’t only avoid holes in your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene. Researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer´s disease.

by Kim E. Andreassen updated: 06/19/2019 first published: 06/03/2019

The researchers have determined that gum disease (gingivitis) plays a decisive role in whether a person develops Alzheimer´s or not. 

“We discovered DNA-based proof that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain,” says researcher Piotr Mydel at Broegelmanns Research Laboratory, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen (UiB). 

The bacteria produces a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain, which in turn leads to loss of memory and ultimately, Alzheimer´s. 

The study is published in Science Advances.

Brush your teeth for better memory

Mydel points out that the bacteria is not causing Alzheimer´s alone, but the presence of these bacteria raise the risk for developing the disease substantially and are also implicated in a more rapid progression of the disease. However, the good news is that this study shows that there are some things you can do yourself to slow down Alzheimer´s.

“Brush your teeth and use floss”.

Mydel adds that it is important, if you have established gingivitis and have Alzheimer´s in your family, to go to your dentist regularly and clean your teeth properly. 

New medicine being developed

Researchers have previously discovered that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain where the harmful enzymes they excrete can destroy the nerve cells in the brain.

Now, for the first time, Mydel has DNA-evidence for this process from human brains. Mydel and his colleagues examined 53 persons with Alzheimer´s and discovered the enzyme in 96 per cent of the cases. According to Mydel, this knowledge gives researchers a possible new approach for attacking Alzheimer´s disease. 

“We have managed to develop a drug that blocks the harmful enzymes from the bacteria, postponing the development of Alzheimer´s. We are planning to test this drug later this year”, says Piotr Mydel.

For several years, Piotr Mydel has done research investigating how different bacteria are implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: Kim E. Andreassen

For several years, Piotr Mydel has done research investigating how different bacteria are implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: Kim E. Andreassen

Gingivitis FACTS

  • The bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (P.gingivalis) is one of the main causes to infection in the gums.

  • The bacteria causes chronic infection in the gums, but can move to the brain where it can damage nerve cells in the brain.

  • Circa 50 per cent of the population have this bacteria in one or another form.

  • Circa 10 per cent of the ones having this bacteria will develop serious gum disease, loose teeth, and have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer´s disease.

  • In addition to Alzheimers, the bacteria is linked to rheumatism, COPD and esophageal cancer.

original article at University of Bergen (Norway) can be found here


Dr Joseph Mercola sees Dr Lina Garica for his dental care.  This quote is from Dr Mercola's forward in Dr Garcia's book - Cleaner Teeth, Longer Life ...

Holistic dentists are also known as biological or environmental dentists, and they operate according to the belief system that your teeth are an integral part of your body and hence your overall health. Holistic dentists recognize that your oral health can have a major influence on other disease processes in your body. The primary aim of holistic dentistry is to resolve your dental problems while working in harmony with the rest of your body.

As a patient of Dr Garcia for more than 10 years, I know she uses the most advanced technology to provide safe and high-quality dental care.

 

Interview with Dr Lina Garcia and Dr Joseph Mercola – December 2009

Dr. Lina Garcia and Dr. Joseph Mercola explain the connection between dentistry and total-body health. They discuss the dangers of conventional dental practices such as fluoride, root canals, mercury-amalgam ("silver") fillings, and dental metals. Plus, they describe healthier, more bio-compatible alternatives such as all-ceramic dental restorations and replacements.

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To help her patients understand how dental care is related to overall health, Dr. Garcia wrote the book Cleaner Teeth, Longer Life  What Mainstream Medicine Doesn’t Know or Won’t Tell You that encourages everyone to learn more about nutrition and to understand the dangers of fluoride, mercury-amalgam fillings and root-canal procedures which are still prevalent in conventional dental practice in the United States.  Dr. Garcia's book is available now by clicking on the book image below.

 

Dr Garcia with patient John Cusack (actor, producer and  screenwriter) and world renowned author Arundhati Roy who are co-authors of the recent book Things That Can and Cannot be Said