Did you know there is an oral bacteria (pathogen) that is linked to Alzheimer’s? This pathogen, a spirochete type of bacteria, is found embedded in the amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. The amyloid plaques are unique to Alzheimer’s brains and are one of the defining signs of Alzheimer’s. The spirochetes are incredibly invasive in that they are able to bore through your tissues, including your blood-brain barrier. Scientists studying the the link between the oral spirochetes and Alzheimer’s believe the spirochete brain infection occurs earlier in life, long before cognitive decline begins. These spirochetes are more common than you would think, and they are “silent” whereas they can live in your gums for decades without you experiencing the first noticeable symptom.
At Intown Smile Studio, we use genetic testing with a simple saliva test to check if you have these spirochetes living in your mouth. And, if the spirochetes are present, we have simple, minimally invasive treatment to kill the spirochete infection and make sure it never returns. If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s, Dr. Estep and her team strongly recommend early genetic testing to rule out oral spirochete infection.
You can easily schedule now using our interactive calendar. If you are already a patient of Dr. Estep, schedule a limited exam or a cleaning and checkup. If you are a new patient, or if you have not seen Dr. Estep in the last 3 years, schedule a new patient cleaning and check up or schedule a consultation. Our team will thoroughly review your medical history and discuss your Alzheimer’s risks. You can request to have the simple genetic test at this appointment.
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