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Poor oral hygiene linked to poor mental health in seniors

from Bel Marra Health

Poor oral hygiene has been linked to poor mental health in seniors, but the findings just suggest an association and do not establish a cause-and-effect relationship. Researchers reviewed studies on oral health and cognitive decline published between 1993 and 2013. The researchers found that in some studies a higher number of cavities, the number of teeth a person has, and the presence of gum disease is associated with a higher risk of age-related mental decline or dementia, whereas other studies did not find the same results. more

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