Impact of ageing and drug consumption on oral health

Authors

  • Luiz Alcino Gueiros,

    1. Departamento de Clínica e Odontologia Preventiva – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
    2. Programa de Pós-graduação em Odontologia – Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil
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  • Maria Sueli Marques Soares,

    1. Programa de Pós-graduação em Odontologia – Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil
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  • Jair Carneiro Leão

    1. Departamento de Clínica e Odontologia Preventiva – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
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Luiz Alcino Gueiros, Departamento de Clínica e Odontologia Preventiva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235, Recife, PE, CEP 50670-901, Brazil.
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Abstract

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.

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