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 group with a complete, sensible advisor to oral healthcare for the getting older inhabitants. starting with primary chapters at the mental, environmental, and social features of getting older, the e-book methods sufferer care from a holistic perspective. next chapters express the significance of this knowledge in a realistic context by means of discussing the way it impacts workplace surroundings, decision?-making and therapy making plans, and the administration and therapy of universal geriatric oral stipulations. Case experiences and learn questions are used to demonstrate program of academic displays to perform settings. Contributed by way of leaders within the box, Geriatric Dentistry will enhance readers’ figuring out and medical acumen in addressing this detailed population.
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1978). Radiotherapy affects the oral cavity by sclerosing the small vessels which vascularise the oral tissues. 1. A key element in mucositis/stomatitis prevention is to keep the mouth moist and clean. Oral care can actually decrease the rate of mucositis/stomatitis within cancer patients, probably by preventing or minimizing secondary infections (Sonis & Kunz, 1988). Treatments for stomatitis/mucositis are primarily aimed at pain management. Failure to alleviate patient discomfort may lead to poor nutrition and hydration.
2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 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).
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. On a social level, neglect of oral care leads to increased social isolation as loved ones may not want to be near them due to halitosis.
Geriatric Dentistry: Caring for Our Aging Population by Paula K. Friedman