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Dental Health Linked to Falls in Japanese Elderly

Posted on August 8, 2012

 

Japanese study results indicate that elderly individuals with 19 or fewer teeth who do not wear dentures are at a greater risk for incident falls than their counterparts with 20 teeth or more, according to a report on www.news-medical.net.

This fall risk was attenuated in individuals with 19 or fewer teeth who wore dentures, say the researchers, who found no association between study participants' chewing ability and their risk for falls.

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