AD is the most common cause of dementia in adults older than 65. Patients diagnosed with AD experience a high occurrence of periodontal disease, caries, tooth loss, tooth mobility, orofacial pain, impaired swallowing, articular abnormalities in temporomandibular joints, difficulty wearing dentures, sores in mouth, cracked lips, coated tongue, and halitosis. Patients with AD often have problems that will necessitate a modification to the provision of oral health care. While the growing number of older adults with AD will need oral health care, it is not uncommon for people diagnosed with AD to experience difficulty accessing oral health care. Dental providers must be prepared to provide person-centered oral health care to individuals with AD. Delivering care to this population can be a rewarding experience for the dental professional when he or she has a sound understanding of the disease variations, drug and non-drug treatments, appointment management strategies, and the concept of person-centered care.
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