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Poor oral health increases frailty, explains Evesham Dental Health Team

by Evesham Dental, on 22nd May 2018 | Comments Off on Poor oral health increases frailty, explains Evesham Dental Health Team

Oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth loss have been linked to frailty in older British men, highlight the Evesham dentists at Evesham Dental Health Team on Broadway Road.

Researchers observed more than 1,000 men over a three-year period and found those with poor oral health were more likely to suffer with weight change, exhaustion, gripping ability, a reduction in walking speed and low physical activity.

The study* showed that one in five people examined had no teeth, more than half had gum disease, nearly a third suffered from dry mouth and around one in ten had trouble eating.

Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of UK dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, says older adults are more likely to experience issues in the mouth and this can have a direct effect on their overall wellbeing.

“Oral health problems are more common among older adults with tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay and dry mouth the most likely to occur. These conditions not only influence the health of the mouth but also impact on a person’s quality of life too,” he said.

“We often see first-hand the difficulties that poorer oral health in the elderly can have, including making it harder to eat, swallow, speak, get adequate nutrition, and even smile. Elderly people who are suffering with poor oral health could also be in pain and discomfort and experience problems in their mouth and jaw.”

If you are struggling with poor oral health or know someone who is, please don’t suffer in silence: contact us. Evesham Dental Health Team here to help and we look forward to hearing from new patients across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.

* Ramsey S. (2017) ‘Influence of Poor Oral Health on Physical Frailty: A Population-Based Cohort Study of Older British Men,’ Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, available online at

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