Revealed -- losing teeth could mark memory decline

London, Dec 19: According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, older adults who have lost all their teeth experience rapid loss of memory and walking speed compared to those who still their own teeth, finds research.

How is tooth loss connected to mental health?

According to lead author of the study Georgios Tsakos from University College London, tooth loss is one of the early markers of could of decline in mental and physical health in older age, especially in those between 60-74 years. Several factors related to lifestyle and psychosocial changes can lead to this decline, Tsakos added. (Here are seven kitchen ingredients that can help you alleviate a toothache)

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The study involved 3,166 adults aged 60 and above and compared their memory and walking speeds. Results showed that older adults who had lost all their teeth performed about 10 percent worse in both memory and walking speed tests compared to the people having their teeth intact. These links between older adults in England losing all natural teeth and having poorer memory and worse physical function 10 years later were more evident in adults aged 60 to 74 years than in those aged 75 and older. (Read: Depression and anxiety can result in complete loss of teeth)

According to the study, common causes of tooth loss and mental and physical decline are linked to socioeconomic status. This highlights the importance of broader social determinants such as education and wealth to improve the oral and general health of the poorest members of society,' said Tsakos. (Read: Loose teeth causes, symptoms and treatments)

With inputs from IANS

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