NEW STUDIES have found that missing teeth may increase the risk of developing dementia. In older adults, there is a direct correlation between the number of missing teeth a person has the more likely a person is to develop dementia including Alzheimer's disease. A five year study by following 1,500 senior citizens in Japan concluded:
- Poor chewing from an abnormal bite may reduce blood flow to the brain, resulting in the development of dementia.
- Problems chewing food because of tooth loss can result in a poor diet, which may increase the risk for dementia.
- Chronic inflammation, which can cause tooth loss, also may lead to dementia.
- Poor oral health may indicate poor overall health over time, and poor overall health may be a risk factor for dementia.