A Japanese study of 1,566 people over the age of 60 found those who kept more of their own teeth were less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Those with fewer teeth were more likely to have a poor diet combined with reduced chewing action, decreasing blood flow to their brains.
Gum disease was also linked to mental decline. Other studies are also investigating a possible link between oral health and mental health in old age. The news is nothing to smile about but there are some ways to reduce risks:
– Regular brushing and use of mouthwash can help prevent gum disease
– See your dentist for regular check-ups
– Maintain a healthy diet
Your dentist will check your oral health routine is working, helping you to keep your teeth and your smile.
“Simply looking after dental health could vastly improve Alzheimer’s progress”