New concerns related to PERIODONTAL DISEASE- Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Colon Cancer

Now add Altzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, and Colon Cancer to the connection between Periodontal (gum) Disease and many other systemic diseases.

It is well documented that the same bacteria that harbor in the gums are directly related to heart disease, strokes, lung disease, kidney failure, and premature underweight births.   We have been aware of systemic relationships for a long time and have been warning our patients of the necessity to have healthy gingivae (gums).

After all this time, insurance companies still have little regard for the treatment of periodontal disease, which we know is the main cause of tooth loss, a major contributor to the many systemic diseases, and recently connected to Altzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, and Colon Cancer. The inadequate coverage by most insurance companies discourages patients from accepting essential periodontal services.
Here are some documentation regarding recent findings:

1. Alzheimer’s disease 

 A report from The Journal of Neuroinflammation, August 2011, which is well documented: “Alzheimer’s disease – a neurospirochetosis.”

The association of spirochetes with Alzheimer’s disease.
“The frequency of spirochetes is significantly higher in the brains of
Alzheimer patients compared to controls. The statistical analysis is
based on the cumulative data of the literature entered in the table
The association is statistically significant in the four groups analyzed:
in the group where all types of spirochetes were detected using
neutral techniques (All spirochetes),
in the group of oral periodontal
pathogen spirochetes (Oral spirochetes
), in the group where Borrelia
burgdorferi was detected alone (B. burgdorferi) and in the group
where all studies were considered.”
Spirochete under magnification by phase microscope.



2. Diabetes

A recent study conducted by scientists from New York University found that oral blood samples drawn from pockets of periodontal inflammation can be used to measure hemoglobin A1c, a marker for diabetes.

“In light of these findings, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct an initial diabetes screening – an important first step in identifying those patients who need further testing to determine their diabetes status,” said the study’s principal investigator, Shiela Strauss, M.D.

Strauss added that there is an urgent need for more opportunities where people can get screened for diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 8 percent of the population has the disease, and 79 million people are pre-diabetic, meaning that if they continue with their current lifestyle habits then they will most likely develop the condition.

3. Colon Cancer

During Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, James Bramson, D.D.S., chief dental officer for United Concordia Dental, emphasizes the role good oral health may play in good colon health. “A recent study of 35,000 people in England revealed that the bacteria responsible for gum disease could be a ‘pre-curser’ for the development of colon cancer,” said Dr. Bramson. “While more research is needed to determine the extent of any association between the two, the research suggests the bacteria could play a role.”

In a recent study, researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute in America found unusually high amounts of the bacteria associated with periodontal disease in nine colorectal tumor samples.

The American Dental Association reports that over 85% of the adult population has some degree of Periodontal Disease. A complete “Perio Exam” can be performed by a Dentist or Hygienist. Discover the Disease early and be able to treat it more CONSERVATIVELY.

6 thoughts on “New concerns related to PERIODONTAL DISEASE- Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Colon Cancer

  1. This article reinforces the fact that proper homecare and regular dental visits are not an option. With modern technology and preventative measures it may be possible to avoid life threatening diseases.
    Melanie Miranda RDH, BS

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