Poor dental health leads to greater risk of frailty in older people, especially men

Dental health is important for over-all wellbeing. A study says that tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay and dry mouth is linked to increased risks of frailty in older adults, especially men. This means men with dental issues are more likely to be frail than men without those issues.

Frailty increases the risk for falls, disability, and even death.

Frailty is a medical term for becoming more vulnerable to declining health or inability to perform daily tasks Participants were considered frail if they had at least three of these issues: exhaustion, weak grip strength, slow walking speed, weight loss, or low levels of physical activity.

Someone who is frail can be weak, have less endurance and be less able to function well.

Researchers also noted that complete tooth loss, dry mouth, and extra oral health concerns were especially linked to developing frailty.

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