Perceived stress may detrimentally impact oral health which, in turn, may lead to cognitive decline among specific elderly communities, according to two new studies.
Oral health can be a surprisingly good indicator of a person's well-being.
Not only can oral diseases reduce a person's quality of life Trusted Source, but they can also increase the risk of other serious conditions.
Researchers have linkedTrusted Sourcegum disease and tooth loss to the occurrence of stroke.
An article published in the Journal of Indian Society of PeriodontologyTrusted Source in 2010 concluded that gum disease could raise a person's risk of heart disease by around 20%.
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It is, however, necessary to carry out more research in these areas.
Teams at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, have now focused on a different link — the one between oral health and cognitive decline.