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27 March 2017

Tooth Loss Linked to Dementia

There is a higher probability of suffering from Alzheimer’s in later life for those with fewer teeth.

According to research published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society” there is a definite correlation between tooth loss and dementia and those with less than ten of the original thirty-two teeth left are as much as 81% more at risk of suffering from the disease.

Scientists now estimate that gum disease can speed up mental decline in older people by a factor of six and changes in diet may also play a significant role.

– Periodontitis. As older people often fail to maintain a regular oral hygiene regime, developing periodontitis (gum disease) is quite common and visits to the dentist should be made more often.

– Gum Bacteria. Increased levels of gum bacteria increase the risk of bodily inflammations which have also been linked to Alzheimer’s.

– Dietary Changes. Severe tooth loss usually means a change in diet to softer foods and dietary changes can also play a role in the risk of dementia.

Proper dental hygiene is about more than just preserving a beautiful smile and regular check-ups by a dentist are crucial because, as Dr. Tomoyuki Ohara states, “the more teeth people have, the less likely they are to get Alzheimer’s” and the full report can be read at

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/keeping-more-your-teeth-lessen-9986362.

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