Poor oral health as a child left me with many cavities, and there have been times where I thought it would be easier to replace all my teeth with nice looking fake ones. My dentist always told me it’s best to try and keep as many of your natural teeth as possible, and as an adult I’ve taken much better care of them. Now studies are coming out that link tooth loss with a mental and physical slow down later in life.
A study recently found that adults over 60 performed about 10 percent worse in walking and memory speed tests if they no longer had any natural teeth when compared to those who did. The results were adjusted for several factors, such as socioeconomic status and other health problems.
When I put on my lounge chair scientist hat, it seems to me the tooth loss connection probably points to a greater problem. If you’re losing teeth, chances are you have poor oral health practices, and poor oral health means poor general health. I’m sure more studies will be done, but the results come at no surprise.
Read the full article here: Tooth loss linked to slowing mind, body
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