Dental Care Is Vital for Older Adults

We're taught the importance of brushing our teeth and getting regular dental exams at a young age. Now, a new study underscores just how important good oral health is as we get older.

This recent study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, explores the impact of tooth loss on physical and cognitive health in older adults. Results of the study show that people over the age of 65 who have significant tooth loss are less functional than those without significant tooth loss.

Study participants were asked a number of questions about their daily lives, as well as their dental, medical, and mental health. According to researchers, maintaining good oral health—through regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups—is an important part of healthy aging and can help prevent a number of health problems and disabilities.

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