Oral medicine considerations for the older patient

Conor O'Gorman*, Amanda Willis

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the proportion of the world population aged over 60 years expected to nearly double to 22% by 2050, health care professionals are faced with the challenge of ensuring they are ready to address this demographic shift. As people age, they are more likely to develop comorbidities which have implications for their oral health. The effects of polypharmacy used to address these underlying health problems can also influence the oral health of older-aged patients. From a clinician's perspective, an awareness of the variety of conditions associated with old age, such as oral-mucosal disease, swellings and manifestations of underlying health conditions, are required to ensure appropriate referral, investigation and management, both in primary and secondary care settings. This article aims to provide the practitioner with an overview of orofacial and oral mucosal conditions commonly encountered with the older patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251–260
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2024


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