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:
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