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Parkinson’s disease: considerations for dental hygienists

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  • SL DeBowes,

    1. Authors’ affiliations:
      SL DeBowes, Adjunct Faculty, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
      SL Tolle, AM Bruhn, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
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  • SL Tolle,

    1. Authors’ affiliations:
      SL DeBowes, Adjunct Faculty, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
      SL Tolle, AM Bruhn, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
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  • AM Bruhn

    1. Authors’ affiliations:
      SL DeBowes, Adjunct Faculty, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
      SL Tolle, AM Bruhn, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
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S. L. DeBowes
Adjunct Faculty
Old Dominion University
104 Talbot Hall Road
Norfolk
VA 23505
USA
Tel.: +757 271-2898
Fax: +757 683-5239
E-mail: sdebowes@gmail.com

Abstract

Abstract:  The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is expected to double over the next 20 years owing to the increase in life expectancy. This progressive disease has several implications relating to oral health, and many are manageable with proper awareness and knowledge about the disease. This article reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and characteristics of PD, as well as the treatments and oral health considerations to enable dental hygienists to undertake an informed approach to patient management strategies and provide optimal care.

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