The impact of dental status on perceived ability to eat certain foods and nutrient intakes in older adults: cross-sectional analysis of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2008-2014

Year Published: 2019


Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act


Watson S, McGowan L, McCrum LA, Cardwell CR, McGuinness B, Moore C, Woodside JV, McKenna G


This UK study examined 1053 participants 65 years and older to study the effect of dental status on their ability to eat certain foods.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Nuts were among the foods that were a challenge for some adults, specifically adults without incisors and canine teeth who wore dentures. Authors conclude that this could put such adults at risk for malnutrition, since they would potentially miss key nutrients in their diets. Other studies have highlighted the potential of peanut butter to help older adults who have difficulty eating nuts to still benefit from their nutrients.