Pathogens More Abundant in Mouths of Parkinson’s Patients

Pathogens More Abundant in Mouths of Parkinson’s Patients

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Pathogens More Abundant in Mouths of Parkinson’s Patients

Opportunistic pathogens — microorganisms that live in us all,  but under specific circumstances can cause diseases like pneumonia — are more abundant in the mouths of people with Parkinson’s disease than healthy individuals, a study reported. This finding suggests that changes in oral bacteria in patients are related to disease symptoms affecting the mouth, particularly drooling and difficulty swallowing. The study, “Oral Factors That Impact the Oral Microbiota in Parkinson’s Disease,” was published in Microorganisms. Billions of bacteria…

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