Friday, July 10, 2015

Dentistry for the Elderly (1st of the series)

The aging population is the most important demographic trend.  Nearly 20% of the U S population will be older than sixty five by the year 2030.  As the age of the older adult is upon us, the services rendered should be age appropriate and have lasting value. 

Older adults have the most diverse clinical and physical presentation than any other age group. We could see fully functioning independent adults, frail older adults characterized by numerous medical conditions that impair mobility and dexterity and those who are dependent on help to carry out the normal daily activities.

.  Age is often a primary consideration when developing a treatment plan but it is important to assess each patient’s individual needs and capacities instead of relying on stereotypes of aging. 

The rapid growth of the elderly population affects dentistry in a number of ways. 
1/ the elderly are retaining teeth longer than the previous generation

        Approximately 90% of the seniors who have their natural teeth have    experienced decay with 64 % suffering from periodontal or gum disease.

2/ the body changes that occur with aging often make treatment planning more complex.

3/ medical problems and medications complicate and in some cases exacerbate dental disease.

Limitations in frail older adults create barriers to achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. 

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Revisit this site next week for more on prevention and disease management of this vulnerable group.

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