Oral Health and Parkinson's Disease
Oral care should be an important part of maintaining overall general health for everyone. While most people are able to maintain proper oral health with no thought, for people with Parkinson’s it can become challenging when facial muscles start to fail and doing the things that were once routine, now require preparation and forethought.
Poor oral health has long been prevalent among patients with Parkinson’s. Whether this is through a lack of proper care on the parts of caregivers, physicians or the patient themselves is not clear. A combination of reasons not solely related to the progression of the disease often lead to the reason for poor oral hygiene as well. Symptoms of dementia, apathy or depression may contribute to a lack of proper oral hygiene. It’s then important that caregivers and physicians are diligent in addressing all the unique issue that patients with the disorder can face.