Taking better care of our teeth as our bodies age
Study: Tooth Loss Associated With Reduced Physical, Mental Health Among Older Adults.
Science Daily (9/13) carried a release stating “older adults who have significant tooth loss are less functional when compared with people who lose fewer teeth,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. For the study, researchers “examined information from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES) project,” which asked participants questions about the number of teeth they had, their physical and mental health, and their ability to perform common activities. The researchers suggested “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.”
MouthHealthy.org provides oral health information for patients over 60.
Healthy behaviors for a lifetime
The key is to start early with regular dental visits, healthy eating and exercise. These behaviors not only benefit your physical health but also your oral health. Developing good habits early can help you to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. We at the Reisman Dental Group believe in total body health and help our patients with recommendations on nutrition and exercise, as well oral health.