Eating-swallowing disorder (dysphagia) is a very important functional problem for the elderly, and it has a significant impact on the quality of their life. Because the eating and swallowing processes are affected by oral tissues including teeth, tongue, and oral muscles, it is natural that the dentist as a specialist in oro-facial region, intervenes in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. Nevertheless, Korean dentists still lack interest and understanding of dysphagia. In aged society, it is necessary that the dentists understand the functional disorders as well as oral diseases. The purpose of this study is to introduce the evaluation and treatment methods of eating and swallowing functional disorders in order to cope with eating-swallowing disordered patients who are frequently encountered in aged society.
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