Medical research is apparently facing a decisive breakthrough. Studies seem to prove that the periodontal bacterium is responsible for many diseases, including cancer and diabetes. If this is confirmed, an overarching treatment would be conceivable.
The scientific work carried out at various research institutions around the world includes the bacterium "Porphyromonas gingivalis" for years in the center of interest. The germ is the trigger of periodontal disease, a disease that damages the teeth, gums and jawbone. In the meantime, however, it is becoming increasingly clear that the germ could also be responsible for or at least partly responsible for numerous other diseases.
Here are the most important information about periodontal disease in the abstract.
Periodontosis: General information
Periodontitis, or periodontitis, is generally an inflammation of the periodontium. It only begins with gingivitis, but can go into a reduction of the jawbone and tooth loss.
A trigger for the worst diseases of our time?
The list of diseases in which the bacterium is considered as a potential trigger, reads like the Who's Who of the biggest scourges of our time: cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Equally great is the euphoria – because a link could actually be detected via the bacterium, which would open up completely new possibilities for prevention and treatment. A drug against the dangerous germ would then automatically provide significant progress in many diseases.
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Relationship between periodontal disease and arterial constriction
The hope is fed by several studies of younger and older dates, which strengthen each other and summarize the "focus.de" now in an overview. Thus, shortly before the turn of the millennium, German researchers had shown that people with dental calculus inflammation are at much greater risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Dangerous narrowing of the arteries occurs five times more frequently. According to Professor Wolf-Dieter Grimm, one of the leading scientists, the risk of death from heart or brain stroke is even nine times higher than in people without periodontitis.
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Alzheimer's patients could also benefit
Over the years, the studies, which seem to confirm this for other clinical pictures, are increasing. Just a few weeks ago, an international research team in the journal "Science Advances" reported that in 90 percent of cases of Alzheimer's disease, the periodontal germ had been detected in the brain. Even in Alzheimer's patients who are still alive, brain water has an increased concentration of the germ. Research on mice has also already confirmed the direct relationship between the germ as a trigger and Alzheimer's disease.
In addition to several universities and research institutes, companies from the pharmaceutical industry also participated in these studies. The company specializing in Alzheimer's disease "Cortexyme"Is therefore in the process of developing blockers that can break the fatal chain from bacteria to disease outbreak.
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Common disease periodontal disease
The significance of this research can also be seen from the following figures: More than 50 percent of all 35- to 44-year-olds in Germany suffer from periodontal disease according to the latest oral hygiene study of the Institute of German Dentists. The disease is the most common cause of tooth loss. If the research confirms, the bacterium is much more than that: one of the greatest health hazards of our time.
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