The Tentative Link Between Oral Health and Dementia
27th March 2017
While 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.”