Improving Oral Health for the Elderly

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Ira B. Lamster
  • Mary E. Northridge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXV
  2. Population Health and Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven M. Albert
      Pages 3-13
    3. Ira B. Lamster, Natalie D. Crawford
      Pages 15-40
  3. Health and Medical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Nina M. Browner, Steven Frucht
      Pages 79-97
    3. James M. Noble, Nikolaos Scarmeas
      Pages 99-126
    4. Jennifer L. Kelsey
      Pages 127-156
    5. Neerja Bhardwaj, Shelly Dubin, Huai Cheng, Mathew S. Maurer, Evelyn Granieri
      Pages 157-189
  4. Oral Health and Dental Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Ejvind Budtz-Jørgensen, Frauke Müller
      Pages 273-302
    3. David J. Zegarelli, Victoria L. Woo, Angela J. Yoon
      Pages 393-417
  5. Professional Recommendations and Future Needs

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 487-506

About this book


Improving Oral Health for the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited by Ira B. Lamster, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York

Mary E. Northridge, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

Improving Oral Health for the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach examines in depth a crucial yet frequently overlooked indicator of seniors’ quality of life. By combining a lifespan approach to health with a biopsychosocial perspective on health disparities, this book places oral health in the larger context of physical and mental well-being. Chapter authors emphasize elders’ distinct needs as a group, the interplay of factors contributing to the oral disease burden (from increased tooth retention to the absence of dental benefits as part of Medicare), and the necessity—and overall benefits—of improved service delivery and interdisciplinary care. The result is an invaluable set of recommendations to the clinical, research, and administrative communities that they can use to better understand and serve this steadily growing population.

Among the topics covered:

  • Access to oral health care.
  • Common illnesses and conditions affecting seniors’ oral health.
  • Normal oral/dental changes associated with aging.
  • Oral health care considerations for older adults.
  • Educating the dental profession.
  • Emerging research and policy issues.
  • Plus specific chapters on periodontal disease as a risk factor for systemic diseases, oral cancer, and orofacial pain.

Improving Oral Health for the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach is of immediate interest to readers in dentistry, medicine, and aging studies, but this unique volume also merits the attention of professionals and researchers involved in community and public health, health promotion, disease prevention, social work, health care policy and planning.


Oral health aging cancer dentistry elderly geriatrics public health quality of life

Editors and affiliations

  • Ira B. Lamster
    • 1
  • Mary E. Northridge
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia University College of Dental MedicineNew York 10032USA
  2. 2.Mailman School of Public Health Dept.Sociomedical Sciences Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew York 10032USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-74336-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-74337-0
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