Loss of Teeth Raises Risk of Physical and Mental Disability in Older Adults

Portrait of happy senior manA study has discovered a serious link between tooth loss and changes in functional capacity.
Key takeaways:

  • The maintenance of good oral health is important for older adults to prevent disability and a host of other health problems.
  •   Older adults who had significant tooth loss were less functional when compared with people who lost fewer teeth.
  • Older adults should receive the necessary support required to maintain good oral health self-care practices and to access adequate dental care.

Tooth loss is associated with future decline in higher-level functional capacity. IPW models suggest that treatment for tooth loss attenuates decline in higher-level functional capacity.
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