Tooth Loss Can Slow Your Mind and Body
Each tooth in your mouth works with your other teeth so that you can eat effectively and begin the digestive process. Biting and chewing after you have lost a tooth can be tough. You might even discover that you can no longer eat certain foods, like fibrous vegetables or whole grains. A new study reveals that your eating habits might not be the only things to suffer as a result of tooth loss.
This study, which was published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society”, found that those who had lost all their teeth suffered more rapid declines in their walking speeds and memories. More than 3,100 adults over the age of sixty were involved in the study. The results were adjusted for other factors that could affect memory and walking speed, including smoking, alcohol use, socioeconomic status, depression, pre-existing health conditions and health habits. Complete tooth loss was associated with a ten percent decline in memory and walking speed, and the results were most significant in those who were between sixty and seventy-four years.
The link needs to be further explored to understand the correlation, but this study shows that maintaining good dental health could help maintain better health as we age. Tooth loss can lead to less balanced diets, which then create a cascade of events that result in poorer overall health. Teeth also stimulate the brain each time we bite and chew, so when we lose a tooth, we also lose some of that valuable stimulation. Replacing a lost tooth or teeth with dental implants might help preserve oral and overall function. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next checkup with our team.
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