Parkinson's disease: considerations for dental hygienists

Int J Dent Hyg. 2013 Feb;11(1):15-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2012.00548.x. Epub 2012 Mar 19.


The prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD) is expected to double over the next 20 years owing to the increase in life expectancy. This progressive disease has several implications relating to oral health, and many are manageable with proper awareness and knowledge about the disease. This article reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and characteristics of PD, as well as the treatments and oral health considerations to enable dental hygienists to undertake an informed approach to patient management strategies and provide optimal care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care for Chronically Ill*
  • Dental Care for Disabled
  • Humans
  • Mouth Diseases / prevention & control
  • Parkinson Disease / drug therapy
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Self Care
  • Tooth Diseases / prevention & control