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Aging and Oral Health for the 21st Century
General Dentistry
  • Linda C. Niessen, Nova Southeastern University
  • Gretchen Gibson
ISBN or ISSN
0363-6771
Publication Date / Copyright Date
9-1-2000
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
Americans' oral health, along with their life expectancy, has improved dramatically during the 20th century. The 21st century offers dental professionals the opportunity to help patients maintain their oral health for a lifetime. This article describes trends in health and wellness among older adults that will affect use of dental services; reviews risk factors such as chronic diseases, medications, and nursing home placement that will increase oral diseases in older adults; and concludes with opportunities for dental leadership to improve the oral health of aging Americans.
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Citation Information
Linda C. Niessen and Gretchen Gibson. "Aging and Oral Health for the 21st Century" General Dentistry Vol. 48 Iss. 5 (2000) p. 544 - 549
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/linda-niessen/15/