Recently, researchers published a study analyzing the effects that tooth loss and periodontal disease have on cognitive decline. The outcome discovered a possible link that’s sure to give dentists and patients a cause for increased vigilance in dental health.
Researchers combed through dental records of male veterans who had enrolled in a VA dental study in the 60’s and 70’s, and compared them to cognitive tests the subjects underwent. These tests, one the Mini-Mental State Examination and the other a spatial copying test, were administered along with medical and dental exams every three years. The result? For each tooth lost per decade, the risk of deteriorating test results from the cognitive assessments increased 8 to 10 percent. People with all their natural teeth performed better on average than those with tooth loss, but those with more cavities usually tested poorly. Continue reading Tooth Loss = Lower Cognition Ability?
You’ve probably heard of the mind-body connection. Basically, it states that your psychological well-being and your physical health are closely linked. So, if you’re prone to stress, for example, you can elevate your blood pressure and increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Well scientists are finally beginning to realize that your oral health plays a role in your physical health, as well (dentist have known this for years). Check out these headlines:
- Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke (AAP)
- Study Finds a Direct Association between Heart Disease and Periodontal Bacteria (NIDCR)
- Treatment of Gum Disease May Lower Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes (Science Daily)
- First Oral Bacteria Found Linking a Mother and Her Stillborn Baby (Science Daily)
- Presence of Gum Disease May Help Dentists and Physicians Identify Those at Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease (Columbia University) Continue reading The Mouth-Body Connection