Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 9 pp 8536—8548
The relation of poor mastication with cognition and dementia risk: a population-based longitudinal study
- 1 Aging Research Center, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
- 2 Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
- 3 Academic Centre of Geriatric Dentistry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
- 4 The Stockholm Gerontology Research Center- Äldrecentrum, Stockholm, Sweden
- 5 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
- 6 Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
- 7 Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Received: November 18, 2019 Accepted: April 17, 2020 Published: April 30, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.103156
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We investigated the effect of poor masticatory ability on cognitive trajectories and dementia risk in older adults. 544 cognitively intact adults aged ≥50 were followed for up to 22 years. Cognitive domains (verbal, spatial/fluid, memory, and perceptual speed) were assessed at baseline and follow-ups. Dementia was ascertained according to standard criteria. Masticatory ability was assessed using the Eichner Index and categorized according to the number of posterior occlusal zones: A (all four), B (3-1), and C (none).
At baseline, 147 (27.0%) participants were in Eichner category A, 169 (31.1%) in B and 228 (41.9%) in C. After the age of 65, participants in Eichner category B and C showed an accelerated decline in spatial/fluid abilities (β: -0.16, 95% CI: -0.30 to -0.03) and (β: -0.15, 95% CI: -0.28 to -0.02), respectively. Over the follow-up, 52 incident dementia cases were identified. Eichner categories B or C were not associated with an increased risk of dementia, compared to category A (Hazard Ratio [HR]: 0.83, 95% CI: 0.39 to 1.76 and HR: 0.63, 95% CI: 0.30 to 1.29, respectively).
Poor masticatory ability is associated with an accelerated cognitive decline in fluid/spatial abilities, however it was not related to a higher risk of dementia.