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Force of bite may predict a person's longevity

(Wall Street Journal) The force of a man’s bite at age 70 may be a marker of his longevity, says a study in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.
The risk of dying before reaching their mid-80s was 84% higher in men with a weaker bite than those with a stronger bite, the study found. The association was significant even when such factors as tooth loss and severe gum disease were included in the analysis.
No connection was found between jaw strength and long-term survival in women of the same age group.
Low bite force may be a sign of musculoskeletal decline that can ultimately lead to disability and death, the study suggests.
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