There are many reasons to invest in quality dentures like FOY ® Dentures. These dentures are beautiful, with a natural appearance far above that of traditional dentures. And they don’t just make your smile look beautiful–their ability to rejuvenate your facial appearance is truly remarkable.

But quality dentures are about more than just appearance–they can make a real difference in the quality of life as you get older. They can even help you live longer.

Quality Dentures Help You Stay Active

You might not think your dentures have anything to do with how well you keep active as you get older, but they do. Your teeth and jaw provide an essential anchor point for muscles stabilizing your head and neck, and if your head and neck are more stable, your core can be, too. Without proper occlusion (contact between teeth or dentures), you are more likely to have balance problems and fall.

Dentures can help you stay active

A study looking at elderly adults in Japan found that those without good occlusion were more likely to fall. But if they had good occlusion, either with natural teeth or with dentures, they were less likely to experience falls.

Another study in Japan looked at the quality of occlusion and found that adults with better occlusion were more likely to be in good physical shape. They were more likely to be fit, having faster walking times and/or overall muscle mass than those who didn’t have quality occlusion.

Better Bite Force Leads to a Longer Life

But studies have gone even further to show that the quality of dentures may actually make a difference in your longevity. In one study, they worked hard to distinguish that it wasn’t just teeth that made the difference in longevity for elderly individuals. Instead, they were looking specifically at the bite strength of each individual, so they divided their subjects into categories: those with teeth and those with dentures. In each group, people were compared according to their bite force.

They found that people with the strongest bite force had a 33% lower death risk than those with the weakest bite force. That’s right: quality dentures that give a stronger bite can cut the death risk of an elderly individual by 33%.

Researchers primarily attributed the difference to being able to eat a wider variety of foods. It’s likely that being able the stay active also makes a difference: when researchers corrected for muscle mass, they found that the effect was smaller. This means that some of the denture wearers who lived longer also had high muscle mass.

FOY ® Dentures use neuromuscular principles to ensure the best fit of the denture, which can increase the effective bite force. However, the best way to improve your bite force with dentures is to use dental implants.

Find Quality Dentures in Wilmington, NC

Quality dentures are about more than just a pretty smile. Instead, they can make a real difference in the quality of your life–and even the length of your life.

Want to learn what a difference quality dentures can make for you? Please call (910) 392-6060 today for an appointment with denture dentist Michael Kuzma at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.