09 Apr Porphyromonas Gingivalis May be Related to Alzheimer’s
Recent studies published in Science Advances and New Atlas found that Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s. New Atlas reports that researchers found “Pg to be much more common in the samples taken from those with Alzheimer’s, with its DNA fingerprint and key toxins called gingipains revealing its presence.” Furthermore, HealthDay reports that Pg could enter the brain by being carried through the bloodstream or nervous system, according to lead researcher Dr. Jan Potempa, a professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dental professionals can point their patients to the ADA’s consumer website for additional information on periodontitis. The ADA Catalog also offers the brochure, Periodontal Disease: Your Complete Guide.