Teeth Loss and Dementia

Recently, researchers conducted a study that found elderly people who lose their teeth may have an increased risk of developing dementia. The study included more than 4,000 participants, ages 65 and older.
Participants in the study underwent a psychiatric assessment and dental examination. Those who had few or no natural teeth experienced some memory loss or had early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Many of the patients stated that they rarely visited the dentist.
The best way to protect against developing long-term, serious oral health problems is to keep regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings.  You should maintain healthy hygiene habits at home, as well. The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice daily, flossing once a day, and rinsing with water after meals.
Gum disease affects 80% of American adults and has been linked to other health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, heart problems, obesity, and some forms of cancer. It is the number-one cause of tooth loss in American adults.
I’m Jeffrey Allen, a family dentist. I understand the impact your oral health has on your overall health. Contact my Pella dentist office at (641)628-1121 to schedule your six-month dental checkup and cleaning. I care for patients from Pella, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Monroe, Newton, and surrounding towns. Your teeth should last you a lifetime!