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31 May 2018

Chronic Periodontitis and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A team of researchers have identified a link between chronic severe gum disease (periodontitis) and age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of permanent vision loss in the elderly:

– The responsible pathogen appears to be the Porphyromonas gingivalis bacteria, which causes chronic periodontitis and can invade other tissues such as human retinal-pigment epithelial cells found in the eye.

– Other studies have shown links between chronic periodontitis and other systemic diseases.

– Visit your dentist regularly to keep your teeth healthy and prevent gum disease from becoming a serious problem.

“This is the first study to demonstrate the link between oral pathobiont infection and AMD pathogenesis.”

Read the full story here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180323084824.htm

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