People with chronic diseases and conditions were more likely to have poor dental health, a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed on October 23.
The Chronic conditions and oral health report found that people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and stroke were more likely to have inadequate dentition (which makes it difficult to chew food), experience toothache and avoid particular foods due to oral health problems than those without a chronic condition.
"Among people with a chronic condition, those who had experienced a stroke had easily the highest average number of missing teeth, and were by far most likely to have inadequate dentition and to avoid some foods due to oral problems," said AIHW spokesperson Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson.
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