The Tentative Link Between Oral Health and Dementia

 teeth health smile dentistWhile we are all aware that cavity-free teeth, an attractive smile and healthy gums are important in terms of oral hygiene, there may be an even more important reason to regularly visit the dentist.

There is a seemingly clear correlation with tooth loss and higher incidences of age-related illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Maintaining a clean and healthy smile has therefore never been more important.

– Inflammatory conditions such as gum disease could also give rise to some forms of dementia.

– Those with poor eating habits due to tooth loss could also be at a higher risk.

– The best way to avoid these conditions is to visit the dentist on a regular basis.

“The risk of developing Alzheimer’s within five years rose by 62% for those with 10 to 19 teeth compared to those with at least 20 of their original 32.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.