publication . Article . 2015

Oral Health Conditions of Older People: Focus on the Balkan Countries

Chatzopoulos Georgios S.;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2015 Journal: Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine, volume 19, pages 59-64 (eissn: 2335-0245, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Abstract
<jats:title>SUMMARY</jats:title><jats:p>Oral health plays a pivotal role in general health, especially in older people. Oral diseases may affect the development of systemic conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension. The most important oral health conditions that have been recorded in dental literature for older population include tooth loss, dental caries, periodontal diseases, xerostomia (dry mouth) and oral cancer. Edentulism influences social life, either causing aesthetic problems or affecting functional abilities, such as speaking, chewing and eating. Dental caries in older people is similar to that in people in ...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: stomatognathic diseasesstomatognathic system
free text keywords: Oral health, Tooth loss, medicine.symptom, medicine, business.industry, business, Balkan peninsula, Orthodontics, Periodontal disease, Dentistry, Aging, Dental Caries, Xerostomia, Oral Cancer, RK1-715
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