Is Your Jaw Shrinking with Age?

Yes, it is. But how fast is debatable, and it varies person to person.

A study by Malmo University’s Dentistry Faculty revealed that the jaws of a group of dentists slowly shrank over a period of 40 years. At the end of the study, the jaws of the subjects had shrunk by a substantial amount – a few millimeters, which can significantly reduce the room available for the teeth. It resulted in crowding, especially along the lower jaws.

The amount of shrinkage varied by subject, suggesting the cause is hereditary.

So what does this mean for you? The study shows the importance of lifelong dental care. Your unique dental needs will change with time. If you are being fitted for dentures, for example, your gradually changing jaw may spell discomfort for you if left unattended.

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