Study shows link between tooth loss and dementia

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Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, has expressed concern following the results of a study investigating the relationship between dementia and tooth loss.

The study, which was conducted in Japan, involved more than 4,200 participants over the age of 65; all the participants underwent thorough dental examinations, as well as psychological assessments.a The results of the study showed that people with fewer original teeth were more likely to suffer from memory loss and symptoms associated with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Carter said that the results of the study serve to reinforce the notion that memory loss is linked to tooth loss; several studies have now concluded that there is a link between poor oral health and memory problems. Dr Carter said the latest study highlights yet another health risk associated with poor oral health; several serious health conditions, including an increased risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes, have now been linked to poor oral health.

Dr Carter said that this latest study further supports the importance of taking care of the teeth and gums; experts have always been aware of the importance of good oral health, but increasingly, studies are highlighting the potential dangers associated with poor oral health and it is now more important than ever that people realise that they need to take care of their teeth and gums.

In order to enjoy good oral health, Dr Carter advises patients to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, use mouthwash and dental floss on a regular basis and visit their dentist for a check-up every six to twelve months. Patients are also advised to eat a healthy, balanced diet and make positive lifestyle choices.

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