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Oral Health and Parkinson's Disease

Common Oral Health Problems That Patients Face

Because Parkinson’s has generally been considered a motor disturbance disorder, non motor symptoms such as oral cavity problems have been largely ignored in association with the disorder. In the last decade or so, there has been a shift in that perception and healthcare providers have placed more importance on evaluating and treating oral cavity issues.

Due to the difficulty associated with speaking and movement of the muscles of the face, chewing and swallowing become one of the more debilitating and dangerous non-motor symptoms. Patients with dentures or missing teeth may have a more difficulties as muscles freeze and without the presence of a dental dam, patients now run the additional risk of choking and aspiration of saliva and food particles which can lead to lung infections including pneumonia.