Association Between Dentition Status and Malnutrition Risk in Serbian Elders

A recent study showed a positive correlation between nutritional status and prosthetic rehabilitation.1 Prosthetic rehabilitation, whether fixed or mobile, changes the diet pattern by improving the ability to chew and swallow.2 Removable partial dentures (RPDs) are still prominent in the elderly population due to their effectiveness and low cost.3 RPDs increase the total number of teeth and the chewing surface. Nevertheless, in the case of chewing, the number of functional tooth units (FTUs) was found to be more important than the number of teeth present in the mouth.2

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