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Oral health and cognitive decline may be related

Want to keep your mind sharp, even as you start to age? Keep on brushing your teeth and have regular checkups at the dentist.

Maintaining a high standard of oral health may help you think more clearly later on in life.

Recent evidence published on Medical News Today shows a higher rate of oral disease among the elderly, especially among those with cognitive impairments and especially those with dementia.

Clinical evidence suggests that the frequency of oral health problems increases significantly in cognitively impaired older people, particularly those with dementia. In addition, many of the factors associated with poor oral health, such as poor nutrition and systemic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are also associated with poor cognitive function.

–Dr. Bei Wu, of Duke University’s School of Nursing in Durham, NC

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