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Periodontitis may initiate Alzheimer's disease

from Dentistry Today

Long-term exposure to Porphyromonas gingivalis causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in human beings, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago. These findings suggest that periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers there report. To study the impact of the bacteria on brain health, the researchers established chronic periodontitis in 10 wild-type mice. Another 10 mice served as the control group. more

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