Researchers Reveal Damaging Implications Of Tooth Loss
Researchers from Newcastle University have called for tooth loss to be taken seriously, after carrying out a study into the consequences of losing the teeth.
The team discovered that participants in the study suffered serious, long-term complications as a result of tooth loss, which they compared to the loss of a limb. According to the findings, which were published in the Sociology of Health and Illness journal, the majority of people experienced life-changing consequences as a result of losing their tooth.
Researchers revealed that some people involved in the study were often unwilling to leave the house because they were so affected; with others admitting that they were disappointed with themselves because they needed dentures.
More than 2 million people in the UK have lost all the teeth in at least one of their jaws and this study suggests that tooth loss can be as damaging as long-term health conditions.
Dr Nikki Rousseau, a member of the research team, said that researchers were surprised by the findings of the study, as tooth loss is not usually seen as a serious health problem. This study showed that people were seriously affected by the loss of their teeth and this highlights the need for oral health to be prioritised.
Lead author of the study, Dr Catherine Exley, said that the findings suggest that tooth loss should be viewed in the same way as a serious health condition, which requires treatment.
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