A new study has now linked Alzheimers to certain bacteria from gum disease. These bacteria can cross the blood brain barrier and form plaques in the brain which cut off nerve cells. A plaque is a protein that gets tangled up in nerve tissue and causes it to die.
Gum disease does not hurt until it gets very advanced which makes it dangerous. Many patients don’t see a dentist regularly because they assume if nothing hurts nothing is wrong. Help ward off your risk of Alzheimers by getting regular checkups and following your dentists recommendations.