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Tooth Loss in Seniors Could Indicate Mental and Physical Decline

tooth loss in seniorsNew research shows that tooth loss is linked to mental and physical decline in seniors. As a result, doctors are starting to use tooth loss as a potential early marker of decline in older age.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and was led by a team from University College London (UCL) in the UK.

During the study, researchers analyzed data from over 3,100 adults aged 60 and over across England. That data measured things like walking speed, memory, and tooth loss, among many other factors.

After combing through the data, researchers came to the conclusion that subjects who had lost all their natural teeth performed about 10% worse in both memory tests and walking speed tests compared to their counterparts with natural teeth.

This startling discovery has led doctors to believe that tooth loss could be used as an early marker of physical and mental decline. This could be particularly important for people – ages 60 to 74 – who may feel physically and mentally healthy.

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New Technology Allows Scientists to Grow Teeth from Stem Cells

microscopeStem cells have led to some amazing medical benefits.

Now, stem cells have allowed scientists to grow new teeth. At this year’s Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, researchers announced a new technology that allows stem cells to grow into new teeth.

The technology is expected to be an effective way to replace missing teeth without the high costs of implants and other surgeries.

Today, dentists struggle with implants for a number of different reasons. First, the cost of implants is prohibitively expensive for some patients, and second, the implants must be designed to last for long periods of time.

Unfortunately for those who need new teeth today, the technology isn’t particularly close to being completed. The researchers claim that they should be able to implement stem cells in mice within five years. If those tests are successful, then human tests could be a few years further down the road.

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