Older people who have significant tooth loss could be at risk for a slowing mind and body as compared to their piers who do not have tooth loss. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting Texarkana Endodontics.
Researchers who found that tooth loss appears to be linked to physical and mental decline in older adults suggest it may serve as a potential early marker of decline in older age.
In the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the team from University College London (UCL) in the UK describes how they drew their conclusions after analyzing data from over 3,100 adults aged 60 and over living in England.
The data came from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) and allowed the researchers to compare performance in tests of memory and walking speed of participants who had none of their own teeth with equivalents who had some natural teeth.
The analysis showed that subjects who had lost all their natural teeth performed around 10% worse in both memory and walking than counterparts with natural teeth.
Lead author Dr. Georgios Tsakos, of UCL's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, says the findings suggest:
"Tooth loss could be used as an early marker of mental and physical decline in older age, particularly among 60-74 year-olds."
The link between total tooth loss and poorer memory performance became insignificant when researchers took into account a wide range of factors, such as age, gender, smoking, drinking, depression, physical health, and - in particular - socioeconomic status (income, education and occupation).
However, the link between total tooth loss and slower walking speed remained significant when all these influencers were taken into account; people with none of their natural teeth still walked slightly more slowly than peers who had some of their teeth.
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