Disorders of the oral cavity in parkinson's disease and parkinsonian syndromes

Yair Zlotnik, Yacov Balash, Amos D. Korczyn, Nir Giladi, Tanya Gurevich*

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Abstract

Awareness of nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's disease is growing during the last decade. Among these, oral cavity disorders are, although prevalent, often neglected by the patients, their caregivers, and physicians. Some of these disorders include increased prevalence of caries and periodontal disease, sialorrhea and drooling, xerostomia, orofacial pain, bruxism, and taste impairment. Though many of these disorders are not fully understood yet and relatively few controlled trials have been published regarding their treatment, physicians should be aware of the body of evidence that does exist on these topics. This paper reviews current knowledge regarding the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment options of disorders of the oral cavity in Parkinson's disease patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number379482
JournalParkinson's Disease
Volume2015
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2015

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