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Oral Health and Cognitive Decline May Be Related

Posted in: Dentistry, by thecourtyardclinic, on 2nd September 2016 | 0 comments

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.”

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308520.php

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