Written by Health Day News Tuesday, 04 January 2011 16:30
Elderly people who lose their teeth may be at increased risk for dementia, researchers have found.
The new study included more than 4,000 Japanese participants, 65 and older, who underwent a dental examination and a psychiatric assessment. Compared with participants who still had many of their natural teeth, those with fewer or no teeth were much more likely to have experienced some memory loss or have early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
The findings were published online in Behavioral and Brain Functions.