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Posts for tag: Dementia

November 07, 2013
Category: Informational
Tags: Dementia  

Dental Health and Dementia. A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that men who couldn't chew properly because they were missing teeth and who didn't wear dentures had a 91 percent greater risk for dementia than men who were able to chew normally, meaning they had at least 10 upper and six lower teeth. The dementia risk was 22 percent higher in women. 

Men with an adequate number of teeth who didn't brush daily had a 22 percent greater risk for developing dementia; women who didn't brush daily had a 65 percent greater risk.

Also, the risk of dementia was 89 percent greater in men who had not seen their dentist within the last 12 months than in those who had been the dentist two or more times. (It was 12 percent higher in women who hadn’t seen the dentist.) 

The inflammation associated with periodontal disease may affect the brain, contributing to dementia. Also, if you have fewer teeth and don’t wear dentures, you may have dietary deficiencies that are related to dementia.

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