Connection between Dementia and Oral Care Habits

Researchers have recently identified a possible link between dental health habits and your dementia risk. The connection between oral health and overall health has been well-established, which is why Dr. Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, recommends a committed dental hygiene routine and regular dental care.

A study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society followed seniors in a retirement community in Laguna Hills, Calif. The study, which was named “Dentition, Dental Health Habits and Dementia,” followed more than 5,000 seniors with a median age of 81 for nearly two decades. Participants answered questions about their natural teeth, dentures, frequency of dental care and other oral health habits. Dementia status was determined based on evaluation, questionnaires, hospital records and death certificates.

Those who brushed their teeth less frequently than once a day were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed the recommended three times a day. Men who did not wear dentures and had impaired chewing ability were at the highest risk of developing dementia.

The correlation between dental care and dementia is quite strong. Maintaining your smile can decrease your risk of numerous health problems from cardiovascular disease and dementia to Type 2 diabetes and pregnancy complications. Brush at least twice a day, floss every day and visit us at least twice a year for the best results.

Because causation was not necessarily established, it is important to recognize a lapse in previously good dental habits as a possible precursor to dementia. Contact Dr. Frame, our expert in teeth cleaning in Santa Clara, today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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