Dental Health Linked to Dementia?


Could daily toothbrushing help lower the risk for dementia?

A study conducted by University of California researchers found that elderly women who brushed their teeth less than once daily were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed every day. For men, this number was 22 percent.

Daily toothbrushing and flossing are essential to controlling the buildup of plaque, a sticky bacteria, on tooth surfaces. Plaque can lead to the development of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. According to WebMD, medical experts have identified associations between periodontal disease and other health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis and premature births. Scientists believe that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and injure major organs, leading to medical problems.

To learn more about the possible link between dental health and dementia, review these articles:  “Brushing Your Teeth May Lower Dementia Risk,” “Dangers of Plaque & Gingivitis to Your Health.”


How often do you brush your teeth? How about your parents or grandparents?