Increasing research is saying “YES”.
Some of the aggressive Spirochetes that are found in patients “infected gums” are also found in the central nervous systems (Brain) of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
These spirochetes can “hide” from your immune system once inside the brain and may not show up as an infection or cause a fever or other common symptoms.
The viruses are loosely associated with Lyme disease, which most people have heard of. It can remain undetected by normal blood tests because it, too “hides” behind the blood-brain barrier, as do other spirochetes.
If your Dentist or dental Hygienist advises you that you have a “gum infection” or “Periodontal Disease” I would advise that you take it very seriously. The consequences of untreated periodontal disease we are learning include heart disease, tooth loss, and more recent research is showing a strong correlation to many disorders in the Dementia realm. And that isn’t anything to ignore.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the most widespread diseases in the world, and the US. It’s also almost 100% treatable by YOU, the patient. Most people are just too lazy to take the time to brush properly AND floss twice daily…..when you consider Dementia/Alzheimer’s as a potential disease from not flossing…it might provide a little more encouragement to follow the Dental team’s advice.
JOURNAL OF NEUROINFLAMMATION, Alzheimer’s disease – a neurospirochetosis. Analysis of the evidence following Koch’s and Hill’s criteria, Judith Miklossy. 2011, 8:90