The Daily Mirror (UK) (3/8, Waghorn) reports that research suggest seniors with more teeth are less likely to have dementia. The study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that for individuals with 10 to 19 teeth, “the risk of developing Alzheimer’s within five years rose by 62%” compared to those with at least 20 of their original 32 teeth. In addition, individuals with only “one to nine teeth remaining were 81% more at risk.”

        In a release on EurekAlert (3/8), study co-author Dr. Tomoyuki Ohara said, “Our findings emphasize the clinical importance of dental care and treatment, especially in terms of maintenance of teeth from an early age for reducing the future risk of dementia.”