Dementia and Poor Oral Health Link
Poor oral health is linked to so many diseases, but would you think that it can actually lead slowly to one of the most feared cognitive diseases?
Dementia is indeed one of the most feared health syndromes which comes with a huge range of negative signs and symptoms. The patients can suffer from memory impairment, attention problems, problem solving difficulties and language related problems.
It is an extremely serious cognitive dysfunction which gets only worse once the patient is diagnosed with it. Now, a study which has been led by the researchers the University of California reveals that people who actually brush their teeth less than one time per day, are 65% more likely to develop dementia (“madness” in Latin), than people who keep up with those regular teeth brushing habits.
The study also reveals that patients with dementia have got an increased level of gum disease bacteria within their brains, compared to people who dot suffer from the condition.
UK’s Alzheimer Society states that both periodontal disease and dental cavities are conditions which cause plenty of discomfort and pain, and thus infections get worse. The infection coming from these dental problems, as well as the pain play both a huge role in the confusion state which is associated with the disease known as dementia.
The 18-yesar long study also brought to light that the percentage of people who were in the habit of brushing their teeth several times per day (2 times and up) is actually very low.
Getting regular dental checkups, and respecting a precise dental hygiene regimen such as brushing, flossing and using the mouthwash are extremely important and they might create a barrier against dementia.
For an even more precise dental care, fluoride treatments can be done to keep the tooth strong and healthy, and people should also use the electric toothbrush for a more precise and thorough dental cleaning.
Most of the people know that brushing their teeth twice a day is important in order to keep dental cavities or periodontal disease at bay. But now they have got a much greater motivating reason to respect this habit- to protect themselves from one of the most feared cognitive dysfunctions, called Dementia.
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