The importance of oral health for the systemic well being of an ageing population

G McKenna, P F Allen, D O'Mahony, C DaMata, M Cronin, N Woods

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Abstract

The proportion of adults over the age of 60 years is expanding rapidly across European Union countries, including the Republic of Ireland. As the older population has grown faster than the total population, the proportion of older persons relative to the rest of the population has increased considerably (Figure 1). This trend mirrors the arrival of the “baby boomer� generation into early old age and will have wide ranging effects on social, political and economic spheres as well as presenting significant challenges for healthcare delivery and public healthcare policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-4
Number of pages3
JournalIrish Medical Journal
Volume102
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Dental Care for Aged
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Ireland
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oral Health
  • Periodontal Diseases

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