Study: Dementia prevention starts with the protection of… teeth

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The study – a systematic review and meta-analysis of all research (47 in total) on the relationship between dental health and brain and mind health – shows that those who take care of their teeth are less likely to develop dementia over time.

And yet, the prevention of dementia begins with the protection of… teeth according to a new Finnish study that saw the light of day. THE poor periodontal health and tooth loss can increase the risk of both cognitive frailty as well as dementia, concluded the new scientific study.

The study – a systematic review and meta-analysis of all research (47 in total) on the relationship between dental health and brain and mind health – shows that those who take care of their teeth are less at risk from dementia over time.

The researchers, led by Dr. Sam Asher of the Institute of Dentistry at the University of Eastern Finland, who made the relevant publication in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that poor periodontal health (periodontitis, tooth loss et al) is associated with a 23% higher likelihood of future cognitive impairment and a 23% higher risk of dementia. Tooth loss alone is associated with a 23% greater likelihood of cognitive impairment and a 13% greater risk of dementia.

“From a clinical perspective, our findings strongly highlight the importance of monitoring and improving periodontal health in the context of dementia prevention,” the researchers said.

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