Incorporating oral health into interprofessional care teams for patients with Parkinson's disease

Natalia S. Rozas, June M. Sadowsky, Deborah J. Jones, Cameron B. Jeter

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the motor system. However, non-motor symptoms such as cognitive, autonomic, sleep-related and sensory dysfunctions are often reported. A subgroup of non-motor symptoms, oropharyngeal problems, also affects these patients in ways that greatly deteriorate quality of life. Each patient may develop a different set of non-motor symptoms, making interprofessional collaboration among health care providers a must to treat patients with PD. In this review, we argue that dental health professionals must be included in this interprofessional health care team. Patients with PD are at a higher risk for developing oral health problems that can exacerbate or be exacerbated by other non-motor symptoms, such as mental health and dysphagia This accelerates decline in quality of life and even increases the risk of death by aspiration pneumonia. Dentists can create preventive oral health plans as soon as a diagnosis is made and promptly treat a patient's dental problems, preventing them from affecting other health areas. We describe major oral health concerns and how health professionals and dentists can participate and collaborate to improve the health of patients with PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
StatePublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental care
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Interprofessional
  • Oral health
  • Parkinson's disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology


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