Dentures are a great invention. Replacement teeth that can help you to smile and eat even if you’ve lost your teeth can help a lot of people. Dentures get a bad reputation, though, because many people have poor quality dentures that don’t help as much as they could.
But if you have quality dentures, it can really help you enjoy your life, and can even help you live longer.
Wearing Dentures Reduces Your Risk of Being Homebound
People with fewer teeth who don’t wear dentures are more likely to be homebound. That’s according to a Japanese study looking at people age 65 and up, who were not initially homebound. They collected data for about 4400 adults, then checked in with them four years later to see how many of them had become homebound.
For people who had 20 or more teeth at baseline, only 4.4% became homebound, compared to 9.7% of those who had 19 or fewer teeth and didn’t wear dentures. Wearing dentures made a significant difference, with only 8.8% becoming homebound.
There was no information on the type of dentures used, but we bet that in most cases people were wearing traditional dentures, and that the homebound rate might be reduced still further if people were wearing higher quality dentures.
Quality dentures can influence your risk of being homebound for many reasons. First, people who feel comfortable with the appearance and function of their teeth have an easier time being sociable, which gives you a reason to get out. And the fit of your dentures can make a difference in your ability to be active and can reduce your risk of falls.
Better Bite Force Leads to a Longer Life
Most studies show that it’s not just the presence of dentures, but the quality of them that can make a big difference for your practical outcomes. That’s the case with a study showing that better bite force was associated with a lower risk of death among the elderly (age 85 and up).
In this study, researchers isolated bite force, both for people with and without teeth, and found that those with the strongest bite had a risk of death that was one third lower than people with the weakest bite force. That’s after correcting for a wide range of factors such as gender, physical activity, psychological status, and systemic inflammation.
Researchers used bite force as a stand-in for chewing ability because traditional methods of measuring chewing (chewing test foods) could put individuals in this age range at risk. They say that being able to chew leads to a more varied and more nutritious diet.
Having a weak bite is a common complaint among denture wearers, but there are ways to increase your bite strength with dentures, including our patented Permalock Dentures, secured with dental implants.
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Quality dentures give you more than just a pretty smile: they can give you a better quality of life, and even a longer life.