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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-78

Association between periodontitis and Alzheimer's disease: Does the link exist?

1 Private Practitioner, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Periodontology, Government Dental College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.194202

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The relationship between oral and systemic health has remained a matter of debate since the early 1900s. In recent years, concept of "focal infection," systemic effect from oral microorganism, gained much attention. Based on the theory of "focal infection," periodontitis is linked with various systemic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, preterm birth/low-birth-weight infants, and aspiration pneumonia. In this review, we discuss the association between periodontitis and Alzheimer's disease.

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