The unifying theme underlying oral health research and policy promotion is that oral health is inherent in overall health. The fundamental idea that you cannot have healthy aging without oral health has led to a focus on geriatric research and policy recommendations that link oral diseases with systemic diseases, predict health outcomes based on oral health status and intervention, and shape the transitions of aging to optimize oral health. In this issue, three articles highlight these areas of focus: Mylotte reviews the evidence of oral hygiene interventions on reducing nursing home pneumonia, Ramsay and colleagues describe longitudinal associations between oral health measures and incident frailty, and Kossioni and colleagues present European geriatric oral health policy recommendations.As our population ages, the cumulative effect of oral health on healthy aging will become increasingly relevant. With older adults being such a fast‐growing and critical part of our society, there is a change in the belief that tooth loss and poor oral health are natural consequences of aging. Although there has been a reduction in rates of tooth loss in older people worldwide, leading to people keeping their natural teeth as they age, the prevalence of tooth loss and oral disease remains high
Journal of American Geriatrics Society – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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