A new study conducted by Heidelberg University in Germany and a team of European researchers found that the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she has when she gets older.
The team of researchers found that later in life, mothers who had three children had fewer teeth than mothers who had two children. The mothers who had more children had an average of four fewer teeth than their counterparts who had fewer children, WebMD reported.
No difference in tooth loss related to the number of children was noted in men.
Data was collected from in 14 European countries and Israel from nearly 35,000 adults age 50 and older. The study was conducted in 2013. Survey respondents were, on average, missing 10 missing teeth of the 32 most adults have.
Women in their 50s and 60s were missing nearly seven teeth, while men 80 and older had lost an average of 19 per the study data.
Mothers who had a third child that was a different sex than their first two children were missing more teeth than women whose first two children were different sexes.
And less-educated women were missing more teeth than those with higher levels of education.
The study was published online March 13 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
The study did not discuss whether pregnancy or parenting explains the link between tooth loss and family size.
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