Daily brushing might lower your dementia risk

5 years ago

You might have heard there's a correlation between gum disease and heart problems (think plaque x 2), but did you know that brushing your teeth daily appears to lower your risk of developing dementia?

A new study analyzed the brushing habits of older Californians (average age was 81) and found that the women who didn't "practice daily brushing" had a 65% greater risk of developing dementia. The men who didn't brush daily had a 22% greater risk.

It's important to note that this doesn't mean cause and effect necessarily. 

Another study in 2007 found a similar correlation between dementia and tooth loss.

Here's the study:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/brush-teeth-dementia-reasons-t…

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