Relationship between Oral Health Habits and Dementia

Relationship between Oral Health Habits and Dementia

A recent study has shown that there is an association between dental health, more specifically problems with chewing, and a persons risk of getting dementia later in life. The study followed over 5,000 residents of a retirement community who had never been diagnosed with dementia.

The study participants were surveyed about matters relating to their oral health and were then followed throughout the remainder of their lives. The results for men in the study were quite alarming, with those who had chewing impairments and did not wear dentures having a 91 percent greater risk of developing dementia later in life. The results for women were not as significant but also showed a greater risk among those who had problems chewing.

The study also reported a 65 percent greater risk for developing dementia for those participants that only brushed their teeth once per day as compared to those who brushed three times daily.

This study is only one in a series of recent studies that are proving that oral health is a major contributing factor to overall health. By practicing good oral hygiene, namely brushing several times a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental checkups, you will decrease your risk of developing health problems such as dementia, diabetes, and heart disease later in life.

If you have problems chewing our dentist in Los Angeles can help you determine if dentures are right for you. Call today to schedule a consultation where we can help you get your oral health back on track.