Socially isolated older adults are more likely to have missing teeth and an accelerated rate of tooth loss compared to those with stronger social networks, a new study reports.
Children's baby teeth may help identify risks for developing mental health disorders later in life, researchers report. The thickness of growth marks in primary teeth may be associated with risk factors for depression and other mental health disorders. The study found the link was associated with the mental health of the mother. Mothers who experienced episodes of depression throughout their life, and those who experienced depression and anxiety at 32 weeks pregnant were more likely to have children with thicker neonatal lines.
New evidence suggests the brain can update poorly formed memories with incorrect information, leading to the creation of false memories.
Researchers have identified a new, early biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on the teeth of children. Patients who were diagnosed with ALS in adulthood showed signs of dysregulation uptake of a mixture of essential elements, including zinc, copper, lead, and tin, on their teeth. The study is the first to show clear signatures at birth and within the first decade of life for ALS.
A new mouse study reveals long term exposure to bacteria associated with periodontal disease causes neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration, leading to similar effects of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers report periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer's.
A new study challenges the belief that human tooth size decreased and brain size grew at similar rates through our evolution.