Relationship between Oral Health Habits and Dementia
According to a study that was recently published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,” the way you take care of your teeth now may have an effect on your dementia risk later in life. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist explains.
The study was focused on more than 5,000 residents of a retirement community that is located in Laguna Hills, Calif. The participants were asked about their dental habits, and information about their dental visits, number of natural teeth and denture use was collected. The study participants, who had not been diagnosed with dementia previously, were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia if they brushed their teeth less frequently than once a day compared to those who brushed three times a day and had a history of maintaining good dental habits. Those who had impaired chewing ability and had no dentures were more than 90 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who retained their chewing ability and had a certain number of teeth.
While poor dental health habits have not been identified as a cause of dementia, there is a clear connection, according to this study. The inflammation that is associated with periodontal disease could affect the onset of dementia. Dementia can also cause poor dental hygiene habits in those who have previously been careful about their teeth. If someone you love has changed his or her dental hygiene habits, an evaluation may be beneficial.