Journal article

Periodontal considerations in older individuals

I Darby

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

In the next few years there will be a great increase in the percentage of the population aged over 65. Not only will they have more teeth than previous generations, but also a large number of implants. The increase in age is accompanied by an increase in the prevalence and incidence of periodontal diseases. In addition, there is a decrease in manual dexterity and an increase in co-morbidity and medications affecting the oral cavity. Dental care in aged care facilities can be poor and access to dental professionals difficult. This article discusses these issues.

University of Melbourne Researchers