The effect and approach of dentures on the nutritional state of the elderly


  • Haitham Mohammed Binhuraib Department of Prosthodontics, North Jeddah Specialist Dental Center, King Abdullah Medical Complex, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Somaya Saad Alwathnani Dental Department, Armed Forces Hospital Alkharj, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Asma Gadan Alanazi West Riyadh Dental Center, First Health Cluster, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Manal Yahya Alqaidy Dental Department, Rabigh General Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz Abduallah Aljarallah Department of Prosthodontics, Abha Specialized Dental Center, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Nashwa Saud Alqurashi College of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Faisal Abdullah Alreshidi Department of Medical Servies, Ministry of Interior, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Bayan Ahmad Aldakkan West Riyadh Dental Center, Dental Medical Complex in West of Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Awadh Owaidh Alazmi Dental Department, Qassim Health Cluster, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
  • Asim Adnan Sulimani Dental Department, King Fahad Armed Forced Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Nowair Ali Alanazi Dental Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



Dentures, Edentulism, Nutritional status, Malnutrition, Masticatory function, Dietary guidance


The absence of natural teeth presents considerable hurdles in consuming certain foods that demand efficient chewing, rendering elderly individuals vulnerable to malnutrition. Studies have reported malnutrition rates among this group ranging from 2% to 10%. Several factors contribute to this issue, including tooth loss itself, diminished masticatory function, and age-related alterations in taste sensitivity and saliva production. This review delves into the significant effect of dentures on the nutritional well-being of elderly individuals, shedding light on the challenges posed by edentulism, or complete tooth loss. The review underscores the crucial role of integrating dietary guidance into the prosthodontic treatment of edentulous patients. Personalized dietary counselling emerges as a vital strategy to rectify nutrient imbalances and enhance oral and overall health. Key recommendations encompass embracing a diverse array of foods while also moderating salt, fat, and sugar consumption. Furthermore, promoting the intake of hydrating fluids such as water, juice, and milk is essential. Continuous monitoring and support are emphasized as indispensable components for ensuring enduring dietary improvements among this vulnerable population. In conclusion, this review underscores the imperative of addressing the nutritional implications of dentures in the elderly and advocates for a comprehensive approach to safeguarding their dietary health.


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How to Cite

Binhuraib, H. M., Alwathnani, S. S., Alanazi, A. G., Alqaidy, M. Y., Aljarallah, A. A., Alqurashi, N. S., Alreshidi, F. A., Aldakkan, B. A., Alazmi, A. O., Sulimani, A. A., & Alanazi, N. A. (2023). The effect and approach of dentures on the nutritional state of the elderly. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 11(1), 439–443.



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