New York University is among a long list of sites for research where evidence of oral-systemic health is consistently unraveled a bit more, year after year. Scientists at NYU believe that periodontal disease (gum disease) can increase the risk of lowered cognitive function in the elderly (commonly seen in Alzheimer’s disease patients). Much evidence has been uncovered throughout several years linking periodontal infection to a multitude of health issues which are most often seen in later years of life– heart disease, diabetes, strokes. Encinitas dentist, Dr. Ann Kania, will explain the details of a particular NYU research study which pinpoints gum inflammation having a link to brain inflammation.
Alzheimer’s and Gum Disease
Dr. Angela Kamer was an Assistant Professor of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry at NYU when the research took place. Dr. Kamer led a research team in examining over 20 years of collected data supporting a clear potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s . “The research suggests that cognitively normal subjects with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation,” says Dr. Kamer. This research is backed up by studies, including another led by Dr. Kamer back in 2008. The plasma of subjects with (more…)