LOSING TEETH RAISES OLDER ADULTS’ RISKS FOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITY
Maintaining good oral health may help older adults prevent a variety of health problems and disabilities. However, the effect of tooth loss on physical or cognitive health and well-being is unknown. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers explored this connection.
In their study, the research team examined information from more than 60,000 community-dwelling people aged 65 and older . The participants were given questionnaires to complete. They answered a number of questions, including how many teeth they had.
The researchers learned older adults who have significant tooth loss are less functional when compared with people who lose fewer teeth. The research team suggested that it is essential that older adults receive the support they need to maintain good oral health self-care practices, and that they receive adequate dental care.
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