Tooth Loss Can Affect Your Mind and Body
Losing a tooth can leave a gap in your smile, making it harder to bite, chew, and speak. But it can also have far-reaching consequences for your mind and body. According to new research from UCL, those who have lost all of their teeth are more likely to have more problems with their memory, as well as reduced walking speeds compared to people who still have some of their teeth.
The research, which was published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,” compared the performance of more than 3,100 adults over the age of sixty. Those who had at least some of their own teeth performed at least ten percent better in both memory and walking tests than those who had no remaining teeth. The results were fully adjusted for various sociodemographic factors, including lifestyle habits, depression, physical health, and certain biomarkers. The link between tooth loss and functional decline was strongest in those who were between sixty and seventy-four years old. Researchers theorized that tooth loss could be an early marker of functional decline, especially for those in this age group.
Tooth loss has previously been linked to cognitive decline and dementia. Chewing helps stimulate blood flow to the brain, which can keep the mind strong. Preserving your natural teeth also ensures you can continue eating a balanced diet, which nourishes not just your brain, but also your body. If you lose a tooth, restoring it with dental implants is the best way to preserve your natural chewing function and your smile. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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