Dementia is not a specific disease. It refers to a person's inability to think and speak clearly and because of which his daily activities are affected.
Dementia causes continuous loss in problem-solving and thinking skills, memory loss and language skills; Dementia mostly results in Alzheimer's disease.
Unusual changes in the brain cause dementia. These changes stimulate a deterioration in thinking skills, also called as cognitive abilities, more enough to impair daily life and independent function. They can also affect behaviour, feelings and relationships.
A study done on older people in Japan about onsetting of dementia discovered that participants with less number of teeth had a significant chance of developing this condition.
It found that participants lesser (1-9 teeth) had an 81% higher risk of dementia compared to participants with 20 teeth or more.
Although this study hasn't directly concluded that tooth loss is a reason for dementia, still, it has established a link between tooth loss and dementia.
One possible learning from that study is that if you don't have good dentition, you cannot eat a balanced diet, which might lead to chronic conditions like dementia in the old age.
Lifestyle Changes Required
Though there are no treatments to cure Dementia, specific lifestyle changes are shown to delay the onsetting of Dementia
Maintaining good dental health habits, such as brushing and flossing daily, is the best way to avoid tooth loss. Also, visit your Dentist immediately whenever you experience tooth pain or other dental problems or making it a habit of visiting your Dentist six months once.
Dental symptoms when you should contact the Doctor
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