Keeping more of your own teeth lessens the risk of getting dementia
Tooth loss may also lead to people eating less healthily, while chronic inflammation of the gums could help bring on dementia.
Old folk with the most teeth are least likely to get dementia, says research: the risk of developing Alzheimer’s within five years rose by 62% for those with 10 to 19 teeth compared to those with at least 20 of their original 32; those with one to nine teeth remaining were 81% more at risk; but for those no teeth the risk was 63 per cent – perhaps because they have a full set of false teeth instead.
The findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society add to evidence that good oral hygiene boosts mental health.
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