The risk of dementia is great among those with untreated gum disease

By Erin Michael

Demmer and colleagues evaluated participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, a multicenter, community-based longitudinal cohort of adults aged 45 to 64 years at enrollment. They included participants who underwent clinical periodontal examination during the study, between 1996 and 1998. They also assessed a subgroup of participants who underwent assessments for dementia and mild cognitive impairment between 2011 and 2013.

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