Tooth Loss in Older Adults Elevates the Risk of Physical and Mental Disability
Teeth do not only serve the role of chewing or breaking down food. Teeth have a role to play in promoting health and function in old age.
- The maintenance of good oral health is important for older adults to prevent disability and a host of other health problems.
- Older adults who had significant tooth loss were less functional when compared with people who lost fewer teeth.
- Older adults should receive the necessary support required to maintain good oral health self-care practices and to access adequate dental care.
Tooth loss is associated with future decline in higher-level functional capacity. IPW models suggest that treatment for tooth loss attenuates decline in higher-level functional capacity.
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Dr Nicholas Riley BDS 1996, MJDF 2012
Nik qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1996. He has always had a keen interest in clinical excellence, and further education. He recently gained his MJDF qualifications Nik dedicates much of his time to attending many world renowned courses in restorative, aesthetic and implant dentistry, so he can ensure that patients benefit from the most up to date solutions.