Your Oral Health and Risk of Dementia

Your Oral Health and Risk of Dementia

Dementia is a serious health problem that can lead to significant cognitive decline, functional impairment and affect overall quality of life. According to a recent study from the University of California, your dental health may be closely linked to your risk of dementia.

The study revealed that those who brush less than once a day are 65 percent more likely to suffer from dementia than those who brush the recommended twice a day. Study participants were followed for nearly two decades. Although the percentage of study participants who brushed the recommended twice a day was surprisingly small, they enjoyed better dental health and a reduced risk of dementia. Those who brushed at least once daily were also at a lower risk of developing dementia than those who tended to skip brushing.

Dementia may be linked to poor dental hygiene in another way as well: If someone who was previously maintaining good dental hygiene suddenly starts skipping brushing or failing to floss, he or she may be experiencing a decline in cognitive function. Talk to our dentist about your options and to learn how you can help your loved one maintain better dental health.

To reduce your own risks, we recommend brushing after meals, flossing daily and using mouthwash to cut back on plaque and bacteria. Routine dental checkups and fluoride treatments can further strengthen your teeth against decay and reduce your risk of gum disease.

Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your next checkup with our dentist.