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Dent Clin North Am. 2005 Apr;49(2):279-92.

The elderly at risk for periodontitis and systemic diseases.

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  • 1Department of Periodontology and Fixed Prosthodontics, University of Berne, Freiburgstrasse 7, CH 3010 Berne, Switzerland. rigmor@u.washington.edu

Abstract

The increasing population of older subjects with dental care needs will become a major challenge to our society and its care providers. To manage the health care needs of the elderly, a coordination between medical and dental care providers will become necessary. From the dental perspective, it is important to develop skills in the risk assessment of older patients. Such risk assessment of older subjects should take an approach that is holistic and focused on the reduction of the infectious burden and the improvement of self-efficacy.

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