If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, is it a memory thing? Or could it be that dental infections are affecting your memory? There is a new study out attempting to determine if a correlation exists between early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and tooth loss. The thinking is that inflammation originating in the mouth might be affecting neurons in the brain. This study conducted in Japan of 4,200 individuals age 65 and older consisted of a full dental examination as well as a psychological assessment. Researchers claim a correlation. What does this mean? Logically there is a correlation between age and tooth loss because we so far can’t grow new teeth. We also know that forms of dementia are related to age. Too early in my book to blame teeth for dementia or vice versa, however falling apart as we age has been known for sometime…as I recall…


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