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New Study Shows Frailty Linked to Oral Health Problems in Older Men

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has discovered a link between oral health problems and the risk of developing frailty in older age. The study was conducted with 1,622 men ages 71 to 92. There is no standard or universally accepted definition of frailty, so for the study, frailty was defined as having three or more of the following symptoms: weight loss, grip strength, exhaustion, slow walking speed and low physical activity. Participants of the study most at risk for frailty were those who were edentulous, which means they were missing their natural teeth, and those with dry mouth symptoms.

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The Surprising Importance of Saliva

Spit is not something we think about often, if at all. Yet our mouths and even entire bodies rely on it to stay healthy. The production and function of saliva is one of those complex processes in our body that we take for granted on a daily basis unless something goes wrong.

The idea of spit may seem gross, but if you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, even temporarily, you probably realize how important it is. 

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Could Estrogen Help Prevent Gum Disease?

A new study from the University of Buffalo has found that estrogen therapy to treat osteoporosis could help prevent gum disease in older women. Researchers looked at nearly 500 postmenopausal women, 365 of whom had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Of those 365, 113 were receiving estrogen therapy as treatment for their osteoporosis. The results of the study found that that the women receiving estrogen therapy for at least six months had periodontal pockets that were shallower than those who weren’t receiving the treatment. In addition, the women receiving estrogen therapy had less space between their teeth and gums and less bleeding of the gums than those who had not been receiving the treatments. 

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