Is There a Relationship Between Dementia and Oral Hygiene?

Is There a Relationship Between Dementia and Oral Hygiene?

 teeth health smile dentistA dentist has always been able to guarantee patients a gleaming smile and healthy teeth. However, this professional could also affect the probability of developing dementia. Studies have found that missing teeth, bad oral hygiene and gum disease could correlate with higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

There are several emerging theories which support this observation and they emphasise the fact that visiting the dentist and sporting a white smile is now more important than ever before.

– Those with fewer teeth were at a much higher risk of developing dementia.

– Poor eating habits and less nutrients to the brain may impact the rates of Alzheimer’s disease.

– More than 46 million people from all walks of life are affected by dementia.

“Last year, a study by King’s College London and the University of Southampton found regular brushing could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.”

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Dr. Biju Philip

Dr. Philip (GMC No: 6072826) is a medical doctor with more than 20 years experience, of which 13 years has been in the field of Anaesthetics and Critical Care. He has also undergone extensive training in Dental Sedation and Facial Aesthetics, including Botox and dermal filler treatments, which he now practices in our dental surgery in Exning. He also works as an Anaesthetist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds.