Tooth Loss and Malnutrition

In a recent study published in the Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, it was found that older adults are at risk for impaired oral health and malnutrition. Patients who had 10 to 19 teeth were reported to be more likely at risk for malnutrition. Maintaining as many teeth as possible is essential for maintaining health, as the mouth is how nutrients (in the form of food and fluid) are acquired. If the integrity of the mouth and teeth are impaired, the ability to consume and absorb important nutrients is decreased. This can lead to an increase in malnutrition and disease, and is one reason why Dr. Cunningham recommends saving your natural teeth!

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