Study Shows Poor Dental Care Habits Tied to Dementia Risk
Study Shows Poor Dental
Care Habits Tied to Dementia Risk
Poor dental hygiene habits are
tied to an increased risk for developing dementia in older age, a new University
of California study has found. Following 5,500 elderly adults, investigators
found that women who brush their teeth less than once a day are 65% more likely
to develop dementia than women who brush their teeth at least once per day.
Researchers followed participants for 18 years. The average age of participants
was 81. This effect was less pronounced in elderly men. Among men, those with
irregular teeth-brushing habits were only 22% more likely to develop dementia
within 18 years of the start of the study. According to researchers, if this
relationship holds true there is something people can do to reduce their chances
of developing dementia. The study was published online in Journal of
the American Geriatrics Society.