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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 498305, 7 pages
Review Article

The Impact of Edentulism on Oral and General Health

1Département de Dentisterie et de Restauration, Faculté de Médecine Dentaire, Université de Montréal, CP 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3J7
2Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Ribeirão Preto Dental School, University of São Paulo, 14040-904 Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
3Oral Health and Society Research Unit, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 0C7
4Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1A2

Received 8 January 2013; Revised 15 April 2013; Accepted 15 April 2013

Academic Editor: Yasuhiro Morimoto

Copyright © 2013 Elham Emami et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An adequate dentition is of importance for well-being and life quality. Despite advances in preventive dentistry, edentulism is still a major public health problem worldwide. In this narrative review, we provide a perspective on the pathways that link oral to general health. A better understanding of disease indicators is necessary for establishing a solid strategy through an organized oral health care system to prevent and treat this morbid chronic condition.