Top Beverly Hills Dentist Comments on Latest Findings That Highlight a Link Between Gum Disease and Dementia

New Study Finds That Bacteria in the Mouth Can Travel to the Brain

Beverly Hills, CA, December 07, 2013 --( While the cause of Alzheimer’s and other similar dementia illnesses are not yet entirely known, new research is making startling discoveries that help to reveal more about this mysterious disease. A recent study found that a common mouth bacteria, that causes gum disease, exists in the brain tissue in some patients with Alzheimer’s. This discovery suggests a link between common bacteria in the mouth and its ability to potentially cause Alzheimer’s disease. Top Beverly Hills Dentist Dr. Alex Farnoosh comments, “In recent years, many other studies have too linked bacteria in the mouth and various other cancers and illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. As research becomes more advanced, the importance of oral health is being advocated as another necessary step in maintaining overall health and prevention from more serious problems. Brushing and flossing daily is still the simplest way to keep problems at bay, but science has opened the door for advanced procedures and exams that can provide a more thorough approach to total oral health.” According to the World Health Organization, the number of people suffering from dementia in 2010 was 36 million worldwide, and as populations age, the number of cases is expected to triple to 115 million by 2050.

Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study was led by St. John Crean, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire in England. The bacteria, Porphyromonas gingaivalis was found in 4 of the 10 samples of brain tissue taken from people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. When compared to 10 other samples from people of similar age who have no Alzheimer’s or dementia, the bacteria was not present. In a news story from Kristen Hallam of Bloomberg News, St. John Crean states that, “The findings support a theory that bacteria in the mouth enter the bloodstream through chewing or tooth removal and end up in other parts of the body, including the brain.” The theory further elaborates that the bacteria can accumulate over time and may lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. While this study certainly shows a relationship between the bacteria and the disease, it does not yet show the full effects the bacteria has with regard to causing the disease. To advance these findings, Crean and his team are seeking additional funding sources. Dr. Alex Farnoosh says, “Because gum disease is so common, more research is being conducted to analyze the bigger role this bacteria may play in inhibiting the development of more severe diseases. This study is illuminating because it suggests that thorough tooth and gum cleanings are not only the best defenses against gum diseases like gingivitis and advanced periodontal disease but it may be the best defense against more debilitating conditions.”

As a trusted leader in advanced periodontal procedures and techniques including laser gum treatment, Dr. Alex Farnoosh seeks to give his patients a comprehensive evaluation and treatment to not only provide the best smiles in Los Angeles, but the healthiest smiles too. “More and more studies are linking overall health to oral health. These new revelations only further support other findings that proper care of the teeth and gums is one of the most important habits one can do to stay healthy. Go beyond just brushing and flossing daily to getting regular dental checkups and cleanings,” says Dr. Alex Farnoosh.

About the Author:
The Total Smile was founded by Beverly Hills Periodontist Dr. Alex Farnoosh. Serving patients from around the globe at his Beverly Hills office for over 25 years, Dr. Farnoosh has proven expertise in the field of dentistry and offers many unique cosmetic and surgical services. Dr. Farnoosh specializes in dental implants, laser periodontal surgery, gum and bone grafting and his novel gum bleaching approach for treatment of dark and discolored gums and his lip-lowering treatment for a gummy smile. Dr. Farnoosh has been recognized by the Consumers’ Research Council of America (CRC) as one of America’s top dentists in their annual report since 2008. To learn more about Dr. Farnoosh and how to achieve The Total Smile, visit:
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