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  •  That is the first thing I asked, but no. (2+ / 0-)
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    matching mole, G2geek

    The ones with dementia had no worse oral hygiene than the others. Some of our non-dementia controls were "cognitively impaired" due to strokes or whatever, but their oral bacteria looked like the cognitively normal subjects. None of this is significant- we need to look at many more subjects.

    There was previous work from Kentucky following nuns over many years. The ones who lost their teeth early were more likely to develop dementia decades later. They also had higher antibody levels to some oral bacteria. Brush and floss!

    •  Early tooth loss-- (1+ / 0-)
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      you'd have to control for subsequent nutrition status, though prior nutrition status could hypothetically explain both the tooth loss and the dementia. And the bacterial populations, maybe. So complicated.

    •  which leads to the necessary conclusion: (1+ / 0-)
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      Andrew F Cockburn

      .... that if dental health has a causal impact on incidence of dementia, then excluding dental health from health coverage generally, will cause increases in the rate of dementia and corresponding increases in the costs associated with care for people with dementia.  

      Therefore we have to put dental in with medical, and that has to ultimately be reflected in the public option.  

      IMHO this exclusion of "eyes, teeth, and brains (psychiatry)" from "health coverage", and compartmentalizing each in its own separate area of coverage or the lack thereof, is a throwback to the pre-scientific days when magical thinking ruled the roost and health issues were treated as moral or religious issues.  

      "Your teeth fell out because you were a bad person and didn't take care of them."

      "You lost your mind because you were infested with evil spirits."

      Bah f---ing humbug to all that.  The human body is an integrated whole, and it ALL has to be covered.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 02:17:48 PM PDT

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      •  Just a few weasel words. (0+ / 0-)

        The link between dental disease and dementia looks good, but it isn't ironclad. But the link between dental disease and heart disease is well established. Otherwise I agree completely with your comment.

        An interesting aside- I have heard that over half of West Virginians over the age of 50 are toothless. WTF?

        One explanation that I have heard is that coal companies provided free dental care for miners and their families. The cheapest way to do that was to pull any teeth with problems. That way the dentist didn't have to worry about fillings falling out, more cavities, or anything else. The number of dentist visits in a lifetime (or at least after the baby teeth were gone) would be maxed out at 40. It would pretty much eliminate orthodontist bills also.

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