POOR DENTAL HEALTH INCREASES RISKS OF FRAILTY IN OLDER MEN
Oral health issues are common among older adults. Oral health issues like tooth loss and gum disease are also linked to increased risks of frailty. Frailty is the medical term for becoming more vulnerable to declining health or the inability to perform the activities of daily living. Frailty is a major healthcare challenge for older adults and caregivers. Someone who is frail can be weak, have less endurance, and be less able to function well. Frailty increases the risk for falls, disability, and even death.
A recent study looked at older men’s oral health and compared that with their levels of frailty. The researchers said that men with dental issues were more likely to be frail than men without those issues. The researchers also noted that complete tooth loss, dry mouth, and additional oral health concerns were especially linked to developing frailty.
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