Magnetic resonance imaging (MRT) data, which can be used as an individual measure of brain substance loss typical of Alzheimer’s disease, serves as an indicator of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment of periodontitis performed by a dentist specializing in gum disease showed a positive effect on loss of brain matter, which can be assessed as moderate to severe. The researchers used a recently developed statistical method that can simulate a controlled study. In doing so, available data from treated patients and untreated patients are brought together.
Co-author Professor Thomas Kocher, Director of the Polyclinic, stressed: “Our approach is clearly in the prevention and timely treatment of gum disease, which can be triggered by a large number of microbes, so that such potentially consequential damage to be stopped.” For Dental Preservation, Periodontology, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Preventive Dentistry.
Periodontitis, an inflammation of the periodontium, is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide. In Germany also about 11.5 million people suffer from a severe form of this widespread disease. Like an iceberg, disease moves below the visible surface. And since it usually doesn’t hurt, it’s often only recognized at a very advanced stage. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs of possible periodontal disease and see a dentist at the first sign. Because early detection and systematic treatment can halt the disease process.
What did I do: 10.1002/alz.12378
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