Aging and oral health

Effects in hard and soft tissues

R. Guiglia, A. Musciotto, D. Compilato, M. Procaccini, L. Lo Russo, D. Ciavarella, L. Lo Muzio, Valentina Cannone, I. Pepe, M. D'Angelo, G. Campisi

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Abstract

Changing demographics, including an increase in life expectancy and the growing numbers of elderly has recently focused attention on the need for geriatric dental care. Ageing affects oral tissues in addition to other parts of the human body, and oral health (including oral mucosa, lips, teeth and associated structures, and their functional activity) is an integral component of general health; indeed, oral disease can cause pain, difficulty in speaking, mastication, swallowing, maintaining a balanced diet, not to mention aesthetical considerations and facial alterations leading to anxiety and depression. The World Health Organization recommends the adoption of certain strategies for improving the oral health of the elderly, including the management and maintenance of oral conditions which are necessary for re-establishing effective masticatory function. Oral health is often neglected in the elderly, and oral diseases associated with aging are complex, adversely affecting the quality of life. Although oral health problems are not usually associated with death, oral cancers result in nearly 8,000 deaths each year, and more than half of these occur at an age of 65 years plus. This report, which is dedicated to geriatric physicians, geriatric dentistry and specialists in oral medicine reviews age-related oral changes in elderly patients and efforts to summarize the effects of aging in hard and soft oral tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-630
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Pharmaceutical Design
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Oral Health
Mouth Diseases
Geriatrics
Geriatric Dentistry
Oral Medicine
Dental Care
Mouth Neoplasms
Mastication
Mouth Mucosa
Deglutition
Lip
Life Expectancy
Human Body
Tooth
Anxiety
Maintenance
Quality of Life
Demography
Depression
Diet

Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Dental care
  • Elderly
  • Geriatrics
  • Oral health
  • Oral medicine
  • Oral mucosal conditions
  • Periodontal diseases
  • Quality of life
  • Salivary glands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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Guiglia, R., Musciotto, A., Compilato, D., Procaccini, M., Lo Russo, L., Ciavarella, D., ... Campisi, G. (2010). Aging and oral health: Effects in hard and soft tissues. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 16(6), 619-630. https://doi.org/10.2174/138161210790883813

Aging and oral health : Effects in hard and soft tissues. / Guiglia, R.; Musciotto, A.; Compilato, D.; Procaccini, M.; Lo Russo, L.; Ciavarella, D.; Lo Muzio, L.; Cannone, Valentina; Pepe, I.; D'Angelo, M.; Campisi, G.

In: Current Pharmaceutical Design, Vol. 16, No. 6, 01.01.2010, p. 619-630.

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Guiglia, R, Musciotto, A, Compilato, D, Procaccini, M, Lo Russo, L, Ciavarella, D, Lo Muzio, L, Cannone, V, Pepe, I, D'Angelo, M & Campisi, G 2010, 'Aging and oral health: Effects in hard and soft tissues', Current Pharmaceutical Design, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 619-630. https://doi.org/10.2174/138161210790883813
Guiglia R, Musciotto A, Compilato D, Procaccini M, Lo Russo L, Ciavarella D et al. Aging and oral health: Effects in hard and soft tissues. Current Pharmaceutical Design. 2010 Jan 1;16(6):619-630. https://doi.org/10.2174/138161210790883813
Guiglia, R. ; Musciotto, A. ; Compilato, D. ; Procaccini, M. ; Lo Russo, L. ; Ciavarella, D. ; Lo Muzio, L. ; Cannone, Valentina ; Pepe, I. ; D'Angelo, M. ; Campisi, G. / Aging and oral health : Effects in hard and soft tissues. In: Current Pharmaceutical Design. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. 6. pp. 619-630.
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