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Impact of ageing and drug consumption on oral health.

Gueiros, LA; Soares, MS; Leão, JC; (2009) Impact of ageing and drug consumption on oral health. Gerodontology , 26 (4) 297 - 301. 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2009.00284.x.

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The impact of ageing on oral health and salivary flow is usually over-estimated possibly because of the high frequency of polypharmacy observed in this subset of patients. Understanding the physiological changes and treatment-related oral complications of older patients is essential to promote accurate management of symptoms and improve their quality of life. The current paper reviews age-related physiological chances in salivary glands and the effect of polypharmacy on oral health, focusing on xerostomia and hyposalivation.

Title:Impact of ageing and drug consumption on oral health.
Keywords:Aged, Aging, Chronic Disease, Humans, Polypharmacy, Salivary Glands, Secretory Rate, Sex Factors, Xerostomia
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute

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