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Floss and brush! Poor oral health ups frailty risk in older adults

Researchers analysed 1,622 older men with complete tooth loss, dry mouth and cumulative oral health problems.

fitness Updated: Dec 23, 2017 11:18 IST
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The findings suggest that identifying and treating poor oral health condition in older people could be important in preventing frailty. (Shutterstock)

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal even during your old age as according to a study oral health problems are linked to greater risks of developing frailty in older adults.

Researchers analysed 1,622 older men with complete tooth loss, dry mouth and cumulative oral health problems.

The results indicated that frailty was independent of socioeconomic factors and comorbidities. The findings suggest that identifying and treating poor oral health condition in older people could be important in preventing frailty. The research appears in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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First Published: Dec 23, 2017 11:15 IST