BRACE is funding research into possible links between oral hygiene and the progression of dementia at the University of Bristol. We are also helping Principal Investigator Shelley Allen with recruitment for this.

Dr Allen said “The Oral Health Study is a clinical research study which is a collaboration between the Southmead Neurobiology Group, the Bristol Dental Hospital and the ReMemBr group to investigate whether improving oral hygiene (how well we clean our teeth and gums) slows the progress of disease in people living with mild dementia. Recent research suggests that low level chronic infections, such as periodontitis, may be a risk factor for dementia.

“In this first pilot study, up to 20 people with mild Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia and with gum disease, will be treated at the Bristol Dental Hospital over a period of two years to improve the health of their gums and we will determine how easy it is for participants to achieve and maintain good oral hygiene. The participants will need to be accompanied by a project partner (for instance a friend or adult relation). Those interested should ring 0117 342 9637 at the Dental Hospital or email [email protected] and a member of the study team will provide more information and answer any questions.”