Alzheimer’s and P. Gingivalis

In the news today: a possible link between gingivitis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is something that interests me, because I hope not to get it and would like to know how to avoid it.

This latest piece of research suggests that one of the bacteria responsible for gum disease causes Alzheimer’s. Specifically, Porphyromonas Gingivalis.

Since it’s only the one research study at this point, it’s too early to say if P. Gingivalis is the sole causative agent.

At my dentist for a checkup recently, he reeled off various numbers to the dental nurse as he prodded my gums with a sharp implement — my assumption is that I have gingivitis to some extent. I’ll be asking him on  my next visit.

A home test kit will probably appear if there’s sufficient interest in this organism. More importantly, an effective antibiotic should come along too, (Though I wonder how the antibiotic gets through the blood-brain barrier).

In any event, this lead looks promising. I’ll be watching developments with interest.


We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

Evidence is growing that a bacteria involved in gum disease causes Alzheimer’s, raising hopes over new kinds of treatments that are currently undergoing testing