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J Int Oral Health. 2014 Nov-Dec;6(6):110-6.

Geriatric oral health: a review article.

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1
Professor & Head, Department of Prosthodontics, MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, Palachode, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
2
Professor & Head, Department of Periodontics, MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, Palachode, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
3
Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry, MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, Palachode, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
4
Professor & Head, Department of Pedodontics, MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, Palachode, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
5
Reader, Department of Prosthodontics, MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, Palachode, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
6
Reader, Department of Periodontics, MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, Palachode, Malappuram, Kerala, India.

Abstract

Oral health is not separate from general health, but maintaining oral health is definitely difficult and different in old age. Even though, few elderly have physical and/or mental situation that call for particular interest in the dental workplace, one should not presume that all elderly community shares these circumstances. In order to achieve health, it is necessary to know few aspects of old age. In due course of old age body tissues get harder, collection of waste products in body cells and loss of lubrication leads to impaired functions of various organs. The design and implementation of comprehensive preventive dentistry protocols for elders presents the dental profession with many challenges. Although a specific protocol must be tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual patient, there are certain factors common to elderly segment of the population that may influence these protocols.

KEYWORDS:

Elderly; home dentistry; oral health; tooth loss

PMID:
25628498
PMCID:
PMC4295446

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