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Dental Health Linked to Dementia Risk

Posted Jan 02 2013 12:00am

It’s been known for years that poor dental health increases a person’s risk for heart disease. In the recent past, poor dental health has been mentioned as a possible risk for Alzheimer’s disease , as well.   Now, a large and lengthy study has confirmed a probable correlation between poor dental hygiene and dementia .

The results of this study conducted by researchers at the University of California have shown that people who brush their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brush daily. The study, led by Annlia Paganini-Hill and published in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society , followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18 year period.

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