Epidemiology of oral health conditions in older people

Gerodontology. 2014 Feb:31 Suppl 1:9-16. doi: 10.1111/ger.12085.


The main conditions of interest when considering the epidemiology of oral diseases among older people are tooth loss, dental caries, periodontitis, dry mouth and oral pre-cancer/cancer, along with oral-health-related quality of life (OHRQoL). This article presents an overview of what is known about the epidemiology of each of the main conditions of interest among older populations.

Keywords: dental caries; dry mouth; epidemiology; older people; oral mucosa; periodontal diseases; tooth loss; xerostomia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Global Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Mouth Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Periodontitis / epidemiology
  • Population Dynamics
  • Quality of Life
  • Tooth Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Tooth Loss / epidemiology