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Friday, February 06, 2015, 12:00 - 14:00

Dental Health and Mental Health -- the Hidden Link
Hideo Kawahara & Akira Uehama
Academy of Clinical Dentistry
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with simultaneous interpretation.

 Can there be any possible connection between the way people chew their food and the state of their mental health, especially in older people? Yes, says convincing clinical and case research by leading Japanese dental experts.

 This has shown the link between the apparently simple act of chewing food and good brain function to be far more direct and intimate than is generally supposed. Dental researchers have demonstrated that restoring good chewing or "masticatory" function can lead to a dramatic improvement in critical mental functions, especially among elderly people.

 For a country like Japan, and for many others in and beyond Asia, that have rapidly-ageing populations, this discovery has potentially far-reaching medical, social and even financial implications.The number of people aged 65 and over will double to 16% in 2050 and by then there will be more elderly people than children in the population.

 Among elderly people,there are many who are in a mentally and physically ravaged state; bedridden, unable to feed themselves, impaired in memory and speech and lacking in cognitive capability.This can create a social and financial burden on individuals or institutions charged with care of the elederly.

 Remarkable case-history videos produced by Dr. Hideo Kawahara, former president of the Academy of Clinical Dentistry in Japan, prove that in the case of elderly people with fewer teeth and impaired mental and physical capabilities memory and other functions were dramatically improved once chewing abilities were restored by appropriate dental treatment.  

 Aside from the medical literature, seeing is believing when it comes to appreciating the link between dental health and mental health. Dr. Akira Uehama, president elect of The Academy of Clinical Dentistry will present videoed evidence of what might be termed the "chewing revolution" can accomplish - along with expert medical evidence.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: to be confirmed.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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