Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Geriatric Dentistry
Geriatric dentistry, also known as geriodontics, is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on the oral health care of older adults. As people age, they may experience a variety of oral health issues, including dry mouth, tooth loss, and difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene. Geriatric dentists have special training and experience in addressing these unique challenges and are able to provide tailored care for older patients.
Geriatric dentistry includes preventative care, such as regular cleanings and fluoride treatments, as well as restorative care, such as dental fillings, crowns, and bridges. Geriatric dentists may also provide dentures and other types of prosthetic teeth to replace missing teeth. Geriatric dentists also help to educate patients on how to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent oral diseases.
Geriatric dentistry also takes into consideration the overall health and well-being of the older adults, and may involve a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care.
In summary Geriatric Dentistry is a specialty that focuses on the oral health care of older adults, addressing unique challenges and providing tailored care for older patients. It includes preventative, restorative and replacement of missing teeth, and also education on oral hygiene and preventing oral diseases. The specialist also often works closely with other health care professionals to provide comprehensive care.