The next great challenge for the dental profession will be caring for the oral health care needs of older adults.
The population in the United States (and many developed countries) is aging and retaining teeth. Complicated by chronic diseases and polypharmacy, the dental profession will need to provide services to this medically complex group of patients. Further, in the absence of government payment programs, these patients will be challenged to pay for necessary services.
Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to:
Understand the importance of and challenges associated with, providing oral health care for older adults.