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Oral Health and Healthy Aging

  • Sarah J. Dirks
  • Michael Monopoli
Chapter

Abstract

Historically, oral health has been segregated from overall health. Throughout the lifespan, poor oral health adds to overall disease burden and lower quality of life. Understanding the relationship between oral health, general health, and aging provides new opportunities to prevent disease and promote healthy aging. Good oral health is important from a cosmetic, functional, and disease perspective. Good oral health facilitates good nutrition which is critical in promoting healthy aging. Non-dental practitioners should address oral health as a component of an annual wellness visit.

Keywords

Oral health Dental disease Xerostomia Periodontal disease Tooth decay Tooth loss Dentistry Oral cancer Candidiasis Oral infection Oral health-related quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah J. Dirks
    • 1
  • Michael Monopoli
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PeriodonticsUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.DentaQuest FoundationBostonUSA

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