THE IMPACT OF ORAL HEALTH ON FRAILTY IN OLDER PATIENTS dentist Albuquerque
A report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicated that oral health problems increase the risk of frailty in geriatric patients. The study involved over 1,600 men of advanced age, and discovered that dry mouth, complete tooth loss and cumulative oral health problems increased the incidence of frailty. Underlying associated health problems and socioeconomic factors were studied and factored into the study.
The study supported the need to manage oral hygiene, dental treatment and diet in helping to prevent frailty in older patients.
An article on this study in sciencedaily.com can be read by clicking here.
At Clark Family Dental we monitor the dental health of our elderly patients and encourage dental health practices that can improve the patient’s well-being.
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