Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

By Phil / August 27th, 2013

Cherrybank team members strive to care for our Patients with a holistic approach to their individual dental needs and general health.

We continually develop our professional knowledge and skills by attending courses, seminars and studying the latest research so as to stay at the forefront of Dentistry. Holding monthly Practise meetings and quarterly training days every 3 months we are able to discuss the latest research and advances in dentistry. Be it new techniques, materials or scientific evidence that correlates with our dedication to patient care.

Recently there was a study conducted by the University of Central Lancashire which was of interest to us The study highlighted why it is so important to take care of our mouths with good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your Dentist and Dental Hygienist or Therapist .

Researchers at the University of Lancashire discovered a nasty virulent bacteria Porphyromonas Gingivalis  in the brain s of Patients whom had suffered from Alzheimer’s.

When found in the oral cavity Porphyromonas Gingivalis is very destructive to the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth.

Scientists believe that when Porphyromonas Gingivalis  reaches the brain it triggers an immune response which could help initiate


The bacteria responsible for gum disease have also been found to be associated with other systemic diseases such as heart disease, Diabetes and strokes.

If gum disease is left untreated, tooth mobility, and tooth loss are a few of the devastating consequences, not to mention pain, infection , bad breath and the self confidence issues these problems can manifest for the individual.

As research suggests these bacteria from the mouth are then able to travel throughout our bodies and contribute to other debilitating illness.

As well as fantastic gum therapies to prevent gum disease, treat active disease, and achieve  healthy gums , Cherrybank Dental Spa offer our patients bacterial and genetic testing. Both are simple and pain free to carry out.

These tests then enable us to tailor a more specific treatment for the individual with a view to stopping gum disease from causing devastating destruction not only to your mouths but also to your body systems and daily lifestyle.


By Lindsey McLean, Dental Hygienist / Therapist in Edinburgh.

Last updated May 2nd, 2018