People with the early stages of dementia may be able to be detected by dentists through the state of their oral health, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.
The oral health charity says that many people with dementia are often unable to properly maintain their oral health themselves as their health declines and this could be a key signal for dentists of the early stages of the disease.
The Alzheimer's Society estimate that there are currently more than 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and this will be over one million by 2025. Studies have shown that people with dementia have poorer oral health than those without the disease due to impairment of cognitive skills and a reliance on care providers.
At Cavendish House the dentists evaluate and record the state of every patient's oral hygiene at every check-up. Should a patient over the age of 60 show an unexpected drop in oral hygiene our clinical system is already in place for this to flag up as a potential early marker for dementia.