Analysis of data from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan indicates that patients with chronic gum disease (periodontitis) are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
“These findings highlight the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease… at a national level”.
Gum disease linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, August 22nd 2017.
This relates to:
Chen, CK. Wu, YT. [and] Chang, YC. (2017). Association between chronic periodontitis and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease: a retrospective, population-based, matched-cohort study. Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. August 8th 2017; 9(1): 56.
Further research, from the same team, indicates there may be a similar association between chronic inflammatory disease, such as periodontitis, and an elevated risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.
Chen, CK. Wu, YT. [and] Chang, YC. (2017). Periodontal inflammatory disease is associated with the risk of Parkinson’s disease: a population-based retrospective matched-cohort study. PeerJ. August 10th 2017; 5: e3647.