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Our Aging Population and Oral Health Challenges
Relationship of a Healthy Mouth to General Health and Illness
Research indicates poor oral health is associated with:
Atherosclerosis 6-12 Autoimmune diseases 7,8 Cardiovascular diseases 6-12,25 Cancer 27 Dementia 25 Myocardial infarction & stroke 7-9,25 Metabolic syndrome 26 Neurological diseases 7 Osteoporosis 10 Pulmonary diseases 6-12 Poor nutrition 6-12,25,27 Pneumonia (acquired or aspiration) 6-12,20,25,27 Rheumatoid arthritis 7 Type 2 Diabetes 6-12,20,25
Bidirectional Relationship of Illness
Medications (most common), radiation therapy, and rheumatic disease are common causes of dry mouth (xerostomia) 6,21,17,27 33% of senior adults have untreated tooth decay; 56% have untreated periodontal disease. 13,17,27 More than 90% of the elderly take prescription medications each week 13 The average nursing home resident takes 8 medications daily 13,19 Taste alteration (dysgeusia) is also associated with over 200 medications 13,19 Periodontal disease worsens glycemic control 7,25 Undernutrition is associated with more deaths after age 70 13
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© Copyright 2000 Alliance of Dental Hygiene Practitioners. All rights reserved.
Our Aging Population and Oral Health Challenges
Relationship of a Healthy Mouth to General Health and Illness
Atherosclerosis 6-12 Autoimmune diseases 7,8 Cardiovascular diseases 6-12,25 Cancer 27 Dementia 25 Myocardial infarction & stroke 7-9,25 Metabolic syndrome 26 Neurological diseases 7 Osteoporosis 10 Pulmonary diseases 6-12 Poor nutrition 6-12,25,27 Pneumonia (acquired or aspiration) 6-12,20,25,27 Rheumatoid arthritis 7 Type 2 Diabetes 6-12,20,25
Bidirectional Relationship of Illness
Medications (most common), radiation therapy, and rheumatic disease are common causes of dry mouth (xerostomia) 6,21,17,27 33% of senior adults have untreated tooth decay; 56% have untreated periodontal disease. 13,17,27 More than 90% of the elderly take prescription medications each week 13 The average nursing home resident takes 8 medications daily 13,19 Taste alteration (dysgeusia) is also associated with over 200 medications 13,19 Periodontal disease worsens glycemic control 7,25 Undernutrition is associated with more deaths after age 70 13
Research indicates poor oral health is associated with:
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