Tooth Loss Can Affect Mind and Body
A remarkable recent study found that tooth loss can take a heavy toll on walking speed and memory in older adults. The study, which was published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,” found that those who had lost all their teeth performed significantly lower on cognitive and physical tests. Researchers have long known that dental and general health are inextricably linked, but this study shows specific ways that tooth loss can impact overall health and functioning. The authors of the study concluded that tooth loss could be a helpful factor in determining the amount of mental and physical decline of an individual. Other factors can also speed physical and mental decline as well as reduced dental health, including lack of access to quality care and lower socioeconomic status.
The best way to avoid tooth loss is through good dental habits. Not only should you be brushing twice daily and flossing daily, but you also need to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking and excess alcohol. Drink fluoridated water, and limit your consumption of acidic drinks, such as juice, wine and coffee, which can both stain and erode enamel. Finally, visit Dr. Frame at least twice a year for preventive checkups and cleanings. If you have already lost a tooth or several teeth, you can take steps to reduce the risks to your health. Replace lost teeth with suitable restorations, such as dental implants. Implants replace both the crown and root for a more long-term solution. Call us to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our dental implants dentist.
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