ORAL HEALTH AND THE RATE OF COGNITIVE DECLINE
According to new studies, better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may play a role in slowing cognitive decline as people age. Clinical evidence suggests that the frequency of oral health problems increases significantly in cognitively impaired older people, particularly those with dementia.
In addition, many of the factors associated with poor oral health—such as poor nutrition and systemic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease—are also associated with poor cognitive function. Studies found that oral health measures such as the number of teeth, the number of cavities and the presence of periodontal disease were associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline or dementia.
So taking care to do proper home oral hygiene and seeing the dentist regularly are important to help not only achieve a healthy mouth, but also to reduce cognitive decline.
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