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Dysphagia. 1992;7(2):73-80.

Meeting the oral health needs of institutionalized elderly.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-New York, (DVAMC-NY) 10010-5050.


Numerous impairments cause suffering to the institutionalized elderly person. The medically compromised or severely demented patient, especially one with swallowing difficulties, presents a challenge to the dental practitioner. This paper summarizes typical geriatric dental problems that caregivers in a long-term care (LTC) facility should find recognizable. It also describes palliative and preventive treatment modalities that help improve the quality of life for such institutionalized patients.

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