When you think about the things that help you maintain an active lifestyle, you might not put teeth on that list, but a recent study confirms that the number of teeth you have is an independent risk factor related to your muscle mass and your ability to walk steadily and at speed.

This is important not just for maintaining your teeth, but also for replacing them, whether with dental implants or with dentures.

Your number of teeth is related to your fitness level

Community-Dwelling Individuals

To discover the link between fitness and teeth, researchers analyzed data from 552 individuals who participated in a general health promotion event in 2013. As part of the health fair, people — age 40-79 — had many measurements taken, including:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol intake
  • Medical history
  • Age
  • BMI
  • Serum albumin concentration
  • Marital status
  • Exercise habits
  • Number of teeth
  • Skeletal muscle mass

Subjects were also asked to walk 10 meters while being timed. Researchers then looked to see if there was any relationship between the number of teeth and the amount of muscle mass or performance on the walking test.

Researchers found that, after adjusting for confounding variables, men with fewer teeth had lower muscle mass. Women with fewer teeth did worse on the walking test.

Staying Fit Despite Tooth Loss

In addition to tooth loss, researchers correlated slower walking speed with something called the Eichner index. The Eichner index measures how much support your teeth give to your jaw, head, neck, and muscles. Your jaw is an important stabilizer for your head and neck, and if your teeth become broken or lost, the jaw can lose its stability. This makes it harder to stay fit and active.

To avoid a loss of fitness as you lose teeth, it’s important to replace them with functional alternatives. For individual teeth, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option. Anchored in your jawbone, these replacement teeth can provide the same level of support as your natural teeth.

But what if you have lost all your teeth and have full dentures? How can you keep your jaw working to stabilize your head and neck?

It’s important to get dentures that are designed to replicate your natural occlusion. FOY ® Dentures are designed using neuromuscular dentistry principles to give you replacement teeth that replicate natural, functional occlusion. They are designed to fully support the lower third of your face–that’s how they’re able to rejuvenate your appearance. FOY ® Dentures can help you continue to stay active, especially when paired with dental implants to anchor them in the bone for maximum stability.

Quality Dentures Lead to a Quality Life

If you want to keep living a happy, healthy life even if you’ve lost your teeth, then FOY ® Dentures are your best option. If you want to learn more about FOY ® Dentures in the Orlando area, please call (407) 834-6446 today for an appointment with denture dentist Dr. Michael L. Weinstock in Altamonte Springs.