Researchers have been looking at the bacteria involved in gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, as a possible suspect in the search for a cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
As populations have aged, dementia has become the fifth largest cause of death worldwide. Alzheimer’s constitutes some 70% of these cases, yet we don’t know what causes it. The condition, which results in progressive loss of memory and cognitive function, usually over a decade or so, is devastating to those who have it and to their loved ones.