Current Oral Health Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 64–69 | Cite as

Oral Disease and Malnutrition in the Elderly—Impact of Oral Cancer

  • Nur Mohammad Monsur Hassan
  • Rahena Akhter
  • Lisa Staudinger
  • Nicholas Tarpey
  • Simon Basha
  • Stephen Cox
  • Haruhiko KashiwazakiEmail author
Oral Disease and Nutrition (F Nishimura, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Oral Disease and Nutrition


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this paper is to review current evidence for a concomitant relationship between oral diseases and malnutrition in the elderly. A narrative overview of current literature was undertaken to combine the context for research with critical elaboration and commentary.

Recent Findings

Oral disease is one of the most common public health issues worldwide with significant socio-economic impacts, and yet it is frequently neglected in public health policy. Epidemiologic studies show that oral disease frequently causes malnutrition in the elderly. In particular, malnutrition is associated with poor quality of life and poor efficacy of oncologic therapy in oral cancer patients.


As oral disease remains a major public health burden worldwide, it is of great importance to integrate oral health into the nutrition agenda via the Common Risk Factor Approach. As such the long-term sustainable strategy for global oral health should focus on health promotion and malnutrition prevention in the elderly.


Oral disease Oral cancer Malnutrition Elderly 


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Conflict of Interest

All authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nur Mohammad Monsur Hassan
    • 1
  • Rahena Akhter
    • 2
  • Lisa Staudinger
    • 1
  • Nicholas Tarpey
    • 1
  • Simon Basha
    • 1
  • Stephen Cox
    • 2
  • Haruhiko Kashiwazaki
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Dentistry and Health SciencesCharles Sturt UniversityOrangeAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of DentistryThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Section of Geriatric Dentistry and Perioperative Medicine in Dentistry, Division of Maxillofacial Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Dental ScienceKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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