The Aging Body and Nutrition

  • Angus William Gilmour Walls


Nutritional requirements change with aging; thus, the diet of older people should be nutrient dense with lower caloric intake. However, with tooth loss, dietary changes move in the opposite direction. Replacement of missing teeth results in people feeling that they can chew better but does not automatically result in dietary change unless a dietary intervention is undertaken along with improved function. Dietary intervention for people with complete dentures will result in a better “quality” diet, and this change is even greater when a lower denture is supported by mandibular implants. The “rate-limiting step” in dietary alteration appears to be what can be achieved with the least stable prosthesis. As prosthetic stability improves, dietary change can be more effective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edinburgh Dental InstituteEdinburghUK

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