Dementia Risk Related to Dental Health

Dementia Risk Related to Dental HealthBrushing your teeth may help keep your brain healthier longer, and less frequent brushing and flossing may be the first sign of a problem. According to a new study, brushing less frequently than daily is associated with a 65 percent increase in dementia symptoms compared to people who brush daily or more frequently.

The study followed close to 5,500 elderly people for nearly two decades. They ranged in age from 52 to 105, and they were all free of dementia when the study began. Each participant completed a medical and dental history, and when researchers followed up, they evaluated medical records, conducted interviews, and examined death certificates when appropriate. They found that nearly 1,200 of the original study group had dementia. Irregular or inadequate brushing habits strongly correlated with an increased risk of dementia.

While brushing frequently may not keep dementia at bay, it can help keep you healthier overall. Keep your teeth and gums in their best shape by brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time. Floss carefully. Replace lost teeth with dental implants or other restorations to maintain proper chewing ability for a balanced, diverse diet. If you notice an older loved one who has let their dental hygiene habits slide, this could be an early sign of dementia and may need to be mentioned to his or her health care provider. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in dental cleaning in Santa Clara.

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