Brushing Daily Linked to Minimal Risk of Dementia

Brushie brushieDementia occurs mostly in the elderly, and has been linked in the past to genetics.  Statistically research has found Alzheimer’s linked to mainly females with high blood pressure and those who have had a history of head trauma. Recently researchers evaluated over 5500 elderly people in a longitudinal study that sought to discover if  teeth brushing was linked to dementia. In the study, 65 percent of people developed dementia over an 18 year period, and the results seem to point that it was in direct correlation with their lack of brushing. Those who brushed daily were free and clear of dementia symptoms.

The mental condition of those who brushed their teeth consistently was very different than their counterparts who brushed occasionally. Gum disease bacteria is currently found in the brain of some patients who have suffered Alzheimer’s’ disease. Of course, gum disease has a known association with heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

 Brush Your Teeth for Mental Health

The female population surveyed included 78 women who said that they brushed their teeth less than once a day, since the study’s inception in 1992. Of that population one in 3.7 had been officially diagnosed with dementia. This is a 65 percent increase in likelihood over women who brushed twice a day. Men were harder to gauge and the effect was less apparent, but there was still a measurable result. One in 6 men who brushed less than once a day were 22 percent more likely to have dementia than men who brushed frequently and daily.

Brushing and flossing are imperative and this report proves it. However, conclusions cannot be drawn to show that brushing your teeth will keep the disease away. Even so the study is still an extremely important step in the development of understanding hygienic behavior and how it influences long term disease state.

Regular Dental Visits Improve Wellbeing

They study originated with researchers at the University of Southern California and other academic institutions in California. It was also financed by the US National Institute of Health and other funds. The conclusions were reached in a peer review. Dental health research shows that dementia can be linked to the mind of or mental state of the individual. Some of these symptoms might also be exhibited in the early onset of dementia.

These issues can be prevented or at least minimized by brushing your teeth daily. Flossing and brushing alleviate the chances of patients getting dementia. Good oral health is created by brushing every day and flossing at least twice a day. The state of your mind predicts what kind of healthy habits you will have. Past research shows that Alzheimer’s disease has indicated patterns. However these patterns cannot be 100% attributed to the onset of Alzheimer’s, all that can be concluded at this time is that they are linked with poor dental hygiene and other habits. The data for the tests was largely self-reported and not taken from examinations. The information is an important step toward configuring the role that dental health has on the entire physical health of the body regardless of gender. Obviously there is a cause and effect relationship between the two.

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