- Mastication for the mind: the relationship between mastication and cognition in ageing and dementia
- Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
- Volume | Issue number
- 35 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
The goal of this literature review has been to investigate the relationship between mastication and cognition, with a special focus on ageing and dementia, and its possible underlying mechanisms. Since the relationship between mastication and cognition is not yet firmly established, and is investigated in the context of a number of different disciplines, a comprehensive overview will contribute to our knowledge. The results of animal and human experimental studies suggest a causal relationship between mastication and cognition. Furthermore, correlations exist between mastication and activities of daily living and nutritional status. These findings have compelling implications for the development of prevention strategies by which medical and nursing staff may optimize their care for the frail and elderly, suffering from dementia.
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