Reported Insider, a new study shows maintaining teeth and gums has an important role in maintaining brain health as we get older.
In a study published in Neurology on July 29 proved that gum disease might be linked to an increased risk of dementia.
Researchers from several universities studied 4,559 participants, who did not have any signs of dementia at the start of the study.
For about 18 months they assessed gum health and saw whether participants developed symptoms of dementia or decreased cognitive abilities.
Researchers found that participants with severe gum disease, which resulted in tooth loss, were 20 percent more likely to suffer from dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
The risk increases by 50 percent for those who lose all their teeth.
Fortunately, researchers did not find this relationship in mild gum disease with a decrease in cognitive abilities.
Although researchers don’t yet understand how it works, previously there was research that said the buildup of bacteria in the mouth that causes gum disease might have a damaging effect on the brain.
Gum disease is also associated with other forms of chronic disease that can increase the risk of dementia.