Not all of us feel as old as we are. There are a lot of factors that contribute to our perception of age, what scientists refer to as as our “subjective age.” Dentures influence many of them, and, as a result, they may actually help you live longer, too.
How the Right Dentures Can Help You Feel Younger
Dentures can have a significant impact on how young or how old you feel. One of the biggest factors in your subjective age is how old you look to yourself when you see yourself in the mirror. Many dentures can dramatically age you with things like wrinkles and witch’s chin. FOY® Dentures, though are designed to help you look younger, so when you look in the mirror there will be fewer signs of visible aging.
Another way that dentures can impact your subjective age is how well they help you maintain an active lifestyle. Properly fitting dentures can make it easier to get out and about without worrying as much about falls.
Finally, if your dentures are uncomfortable, the discomfort you experience can make you feel much older, especially if it leads you to limit your activity still further.
Feeling Younger Translates into Living Longer
You’ve probably cynically scoffed at those people who say “you’re only as old as you feel” (most of whom aren’t really all that old), but it turns out they might be right. At least, that is, according to a study conducted by researchers at University College London. Researchers looked at data from 6500 older adults who were asked a number of questions about aging as part of the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA).
It turns out that most people (nearly 70%) report feeling younger than their actual age. Although the average age of respondents was 65.8 years, the average subjective age was 56.8. Medical records confirm that those who said they felt younger than their age were less likely to die in the eight years between when the original survey was conducted and the follow-up study here. The death rate among those who felt younger than their chronological age was only 14.3%. The death rate among those that reported feeling about their actual age was a much higher 18.5%, while those that said they felt older than their age–only 5% of respondents–had a nearly 25% death rate.
Researchers said that feeling younger likely has some inherent benefits. Although subjective age often correlated for health problems that could lead to early death, when researchers corrected for health status, reported age still was independently correlated with a lower death rate. Researchers note that many other factors (some of which we talked about above) contribute to subjective age, including activity level, social engagement, and joy of life, and that these likely help people to live longer.
There’s certainly no guarantee that FOY® Dentures will lead to a longer life, but they can definitely contribute to a better one. To learn about the benefits you could see, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.