Saturday, 29 October 2016

3 in 10 older Singaporeans have no teeth



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3 in 10 people aged 60 and above have no teeth at all, researchers found in a study of 5,000 such Singaporeans.

This is higher than the average rate in other developed countries, which is usually around 17 to 20 per cent.

Apart from the obvious problems of eating, having no teeth could also put people at higher risk of developing problems like dementia, or even death as there is a link between dental health status and mortality.

Researchers found women in particular are more likely to lose all their teeth because they have more cavities and their hormones put them at higher risk of tooth loss.

Reference: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/3-in-10-older-sporeans-have-no-teeth-study-finds

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