None of us like forgetting things – except visiting the dentist. Last thing we’d expect, however, is to lose our mind as a result.
Mild Memory Impairment (MMI) is a pre-cursor to dimentia and to cognitive impairment. This Japanese study from Behavioural and Brain Functions found there to be a significant relationships between a person’s number of remaining teeth, the length of their edentulous (toothless) period, and cognitive function. This cross-sectional study suggests a significant relationship of tooth loss to MMI and cognitive impairment.
Practicing complex reconstructive procedures, implant and sleep dentistry, I see a lot of patients who have either avoided or have been afraid of the dentist for a long time, often with dire results. I take pride in restoring their confidence, well-being, comfort and improving their general health through our treatments. Now I can take comfort in the fact that I may be improving their memory as well.
So next time you think about forgetting brushing, or the dentist, think twice.