The dental care of geriatric patients, a community responsibility

Ritchie, G. M.
September 1978
Quintessence International;Sep1978, Vol. 9 Issue 9, p83
Academic Journal
The author comments on the dental care of geriatric patients in Great Britain. It is stated that, due to the social and technological development in the more advanced western countries there has been an ever increasing dispersement of families and this together with the small amount of living accommodation provided by modern housing has resulted in decline in family responsibility towards elderly. Many elderly edentulous patients, as stated, are prosthodontically difficult because of their grossly resorbed denture foundation tissues, especially in the lower jaws. It is stated that, it is important to carefully examine all elderly people for the presence of intraoral lesions. It is stated that, although oral cancer is not common, it tends to be a disease of the elderly.


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