A study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that older adults may significantly reduce their risk of dementia by regular brushing and wearing dentures.
The study which spanned an 18 year period beginning in 1992 followed 5,500 older adults, with an average age of 81 years. At the outset, none of the participants who belonged in a wide age range between 52 years and 105 years had signs of dementia.
The results show that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were 65 percent times more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed teeth daily.
In good news for denture wearers, the study also found that those who wore their dentures regularly were less likely to develop dementia.
Over the study period, researchers kept track of the participants and their medical records, to determine how many eventually developed dementia.
The study was a collaborative effort between the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, University of California at Irvine, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology department of the University of California at Los Angeles, and the UCLA School of Dentistry.
A regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice daily and keeping your dentures clean helps keep your mouth clean and body healthy. It can help prevent or lower the risk of serious conditions such stroke, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some types of cancer. This study provides evidence that basic dental care routines also help keep your brain healthy.
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Reduce Risk of Dementia by Daily Brushing and Wearing Dentur