Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
Alzheimer disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes cognition impairment and memory loss, affecting activities in daily living. In the United States, an estimated 4.5 million people have AD and this figure is expected to reach 14 million by 2050. Because patients with AD experience a deterioration of their mental functions, patients need more help with their activities of daily living, including oral hygiene, as their AD progresses. Studies have found that individuals with AD often experience poor oral health. As advanced age is a risk factor for AD and the number of older adults in the US continues to rise, oral health professionals must be knowledgeable about treating patients with this neurodegenerative disorder.
Original Publication Citation
Alabdullah, J., & Almuntashiri, A. (2020). Strategies for safe and effective treatment of patients with Alzheimer disease. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 18(7), 32-35.
Alabdullah, Jafar and Almuntashiri, Ahmed, "Strategies for Safe and Effective Treatment of Patients with Alzheimer Disease" (2020). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 102.