Older patients have more to gain by visiting the dentist for regular checkups than simply maintaining healthy teeth and gums. As researchers continue to explore the notion that oral health and many diseases may share a common inflammatory pathway, new evidence has emerged that links oral health with cognitive well-being. While this research is in its nascent stage, it is an important area of study. About 36% of people in this country over the age of 70 are living with some degree of cognitive decline. The likelihood and severity of cognitive decline tend to increase with age. Concurrently, a higher rate of oral disease has been observed among seniors suffering from cognitive impairments. Improved oral health may improve their outlook.
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P.S. Many people with dementia are often unable to properly maintain their oral health as their overall health declines, which could alert dentists and hygienists of the early stages of dementia.