Changes in the Oral Cavity with Age



Oral health and it’s implications to one’s overall health is often overlooked as insignificant or unimportant by the general population as well as the ever increasing geriatric population. The condition of the anatomical structures in the oral cavity (e.g., tongue, palate, teeth, and gums) can reflect the general health status of an individual. Although many pathologies alter the normal flora of the oral cavity in all age groups, older individuals typically present with certain changes in their oral cavity which are normal for their age [1]. Physicians and dental practitioners must be aware of pathologic findings versus normal findings in the oral cavity that are consistent with aging. Oral changes in the geriatric population have widespread implications ranging from the physical to the psychological and social well being of the individual.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DentistryUniversity Hospital of Brooklyn, State University of New York, Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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