Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Oral health in elderly people: A neglected issue
Author(s): Dr. Sushilendra Kumar Chouhan, Dr. Nirmal Kumar Gadiya, Dr. Shweta Chouhan, Dr. Matin Ahmad Khan, Dr. Rita Chouhan
Abstract: Advancing age puts many elderly people at risk for a number of oral health problems, such as darkened teeth, dry mouth, root decay, gum disease, tooth loss etc As we age, issues that affect our mouth can increase or worsen. So, it’s especially important to be aware of conditions associated with aging that can impact oral health. Data on the oral health of the elderly depict a worrying situation, with an elevated prevalence of caries and moderate periodontal disease, frequent edentulism, and numerous cases of dry mouth and oral cancer. There is wide evidence that periodontitis is a risk factor for certain systemic diseases, and impaired oral health has been associated with mastication and nutritional problems, especially among the elderly, with highly negative effects on their quality of life. In this nonsystematic review, the authors discuss the importance of evaluating the oral health of the geriatric population in a comprehensive manner, beyond simple clinical assessments.