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Clin Geriatr Med. 2006 May;22(2):413-34; x.

Principles of geriatric dentistry and their application to the older adult with a physical disability.

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Division of Periodontology, Columbia University College of Dental medicine, and Division of Mineralized Tissue Research, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA.


The older adult living with a physical disability faces many daily challenges. Limited hand function or impaired cognition often has profound effects on activities of daily life including oral hygiene. This article explores age-related changed in dentition and common causes of pathology of the oral cavity with special emphasis in populations with impaired hand function or cognition. This article will also assist the treating physician as it relates to oral diagnosis and patient management.

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