Oral Health and Cognitive Decline May Be Related

The risk and severity of cognitive impairment and dementia increase with age and researchers project that these will double by the year 2050.
Key takeaways:

  • Conditions such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes will aggravate oral health problems since they lower the body immunity and ability to fight off infection.
  • Oral health measures include number of teeth, presence of cavities, and/or dementia.
  • Factors that cause poor oral health (poor nutrition and diabetes) are associated with poor cognitive function.

Dr. Wu says: “Clinical evidence suggests that the frequency of oral health problems increases significantly in cognitively impaired older people, particularly those with dementia.”
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