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Elderly at greater risk for root caries: A look at the multifactorial risks with emphasis on genetics susceptibility

Vieira, AR and Gati, D (2011) Elderly at greater risk for root caries: A look at the multifactorial risks with emphasis on genetics susceptibility. International Journal of Dentistry. ISSN 1687-8728

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Abstract

Root caries is one of the most significant dental problems among older adults today. Many studies have demonstrated that older adults are at greater risk for developing root caries. Here we examine what risk factors older adults are prone to and explain how they contribute to higher rates of oral disease, in particular root caries. The elderly are at risk for root caries due to dentures, lack of dexterity, a shift from complex to simple sugars, and poor oral hygiene. Decreased salivary flow and its manifestations with other social/behavioral and medical factors may provide a more comprehensive explanation to a higher frequency of root caries in older adults. © 2011 Daniel Gati and Alexandre R. Vieira.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vieira, ARarv11@pitt.eduARV11
Gati, D
Date: 16 September 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Dentistry
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1155/2011/647168
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1687-8728
Article Type: Review
Other ID: NLM PMC3133477
PubMed Central ID: PMC3133477
PubMed ID: 21754932
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 13:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14350

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