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.