Oral Health in Older Adults

  • Mary S. Haumschild
  • Barbara G. Hammaker


Systemic gastrointestinal disorders and oral manifestations are well elucidated in current literature. Many chronic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung disease, and diabetes are associated with oral manifestations. This bidirectional relationship may be a result of inflammatory response to periodontal pathogens. Inflammatory mediators pronounced in the oral cavity may gain access to the circulation resulting in systemic effects. Proper daily oral care, with prevention as the cornerstone, is the most crucial factor in improving oral health in older adults.


Oral Health Periodontal Disease Oral Hygiene Oral Care Natural Tooth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesSt. Petersburg CollegeSeminoleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dental HygieneBroward CollegeDavieUSA

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