A University of California study found that women who brushed their teeth less than once a day had a 65 percent greater likelihood of developing dementia in the following 18 years than women who brushed their teeth at least once a day.
The study followed 5,468 men and women with an average age of 81 at the study’s onset. The participants were residents of a California retirement community, where most residents are white, well-educated, and affluent. Participants were asked about their dental habits and dental health. Researchers followed up with participants 18 years later through in person interviews as well as analysis of medical records and death certificates.
Researchers found that women who brushed their teeth less than once a day had a higher likelihood of dementia, but this correlation was not statistically significant in men. However, when compared to men who still had their natural teeth, men who wore dentures were almost twice as likely to develop dementia over the study period. This effect was not seen in women. Researchers are unsure why men and women are affected differently, but they hypothesize that women may wear their dentures more often or visit the dentist more frequently than men.
Although the research does not prove a cause and effect relationship, the research indicates a new risk factor that should be studied further. "It's nice if this relationship holds true as there's something people can do (to reduce their chances of developing dementia)," said Annlia Paganini-Hill, who led the study. "First, practice good oral health habits to prevent tooth loss and oral diseases. And second, if you do lose your teeth, wear dentures."
Read more about the study: Dentition, Dental Health Habits, and Dementia: The Leisure World Cohort Study
Advocacy, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Legislation, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, News, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Regulations
This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to the National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner, urging the league to establish an indepen...
Active & Engaged Seniors, Community Awareness and Education, Core Principles, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education, News
A positive attitude about aging makes older adults more resilient when facing stressful situations, according to new research from North Carolina Stat...
Facts and Figures, Health Care, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, News, Research
A slew of new research was discussed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto this week. Two studies suggested that a low-c...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, News, Reports, Research
A gene variant whose carriers are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than other people may show its effects on the brain and thinking in child...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, News, Research
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes to the way it pays for primary care with a focus on care management and behavioral a...
Engage, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, News, Research
Eli Lilly has worked for nearly 30 years on drugs for Alzheimer’s disease by focusing on a protein called tau but is changing its tactics in hopes for...
cheatsheet, Community Awareness and Education, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Memory Care Education
US Against Alzheimer’s is urging advocates of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease to tell the U.S. Postal Service that it’s time to stamp out the a...
Argentum’s Memory Care Executive Peer Group with the support of MatrixCare has commissioned a new project to recognize innovations improving resident ...
Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
The Alzheimer’s Association is recognizing Argentum Board member and Welltower CEO and Director Tom DeRosa as its national honoree at the Brain Ball, ...