By Paula K. Friedman

Geriatric Dentistry: taking good care of Our getting older inhabitants provides common practitioners, dental scholars, and auxiliary individuals of the dental crew with a accomplished, sensible consultant to oral healthcare for the getting older inhabitants. starting with primary chapters at the mental, environmental, and social elements of getting older, the e-book methods sufferer care from a holistic standpoint. next chapters exhibit the significance of this data in a pragmatic context by way of discussing the way it impacts place of work setting, decision?-making and remedy making plans, and the administration and remedy of universal geriatric oral stipulations. Case reviews and examine questions are used to demonstrate software of academic displays to perform settings. Contributed through leaders within the box, Geriatric Dentistry will advance readers’ realizing and scientific acumen in addressing this targeted population.

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This is probably related to the loss of self-image associated with head and neck lesions. Depression can be treated with antidepressants. These include the tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and monamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOs). Unfortunately, a major side effect of these medications is varying degrees of xerostomia. Depressed palliative care patients may neglect their oral care. The probable resulting caries and periodontal disease may cause pain and, thus, increased pain medications are required.

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1 Palliative care team treating the patient and family. 1 Index for mucositis National Cancer Institute common terminology criteria for mucositis severity* 1 Asymptomatic or mild symptoms; intervention not indicated 2 Moderate pain, not interfering with oral intake; modified diet indicated 3 Severe pain, interfering with oral intake 4 Life-threatening consequences. The health professional must alleviate the pain to increase comfort and ameliorate the mastication process 5 Death *National Cancer Institute (2012).

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