Chronic systemic inflammation plays a significant role in the development and the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease (29,30).  Periodontal disease causes chronic systemic inflammation (15), and treatment of periodontal disease can assist in lowering and eliminating systemic inflammation (31).  Gum disease bacteria can be found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (27), and Alzheimer’s patients with gum disease have a more rapid cognitive decline than patients with a healthy mouth (28) and patients who undergo proper treatment for their gum disease.

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