Health-conscious individuals who attend regular check-ups with an emergency dentist could be limiting their risk of dementia, a study has suggested.
According to the Daily Mail, maintaining a high standard of overall health is vital for staving off the symptoms of Alzheimer's in later life.
The connection was established after Canadian researchers carried out a series of experiments to assess the effects a range of illnesses had on older people.
Scientists revealed that the likelihood of dementia increased 3.2 per cent for every complaint, including poor oral hygiene, which affected them.
"It's very important to try and maintain fitness and health at whatever standard you are able," explained Dr Marie Jackson.
Alzheimer's Association states that age, family history and genetics are the most important factors when considering the likelihood of the illness.
The organisation urges older people to ensure they live an overall healthy lifestyle in a bid to keep their brain and body in a good condition.