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A specialized area of dentistry which deals with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of dental conditions relating to the elderly. These include physiological and pathological age changes, disease and drug therapy, and the problems associated with the delivery of dental care. Dental conditions particularly relevant to the care of the elderly include root caries, tooth wear, and reduced adaptive capacity to the wearing of dentures. Oral health maintenance may be influenced by reduced manual dexterity and visual acuity. See also age change.

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Milward M., Cooper P. Periodontal disease and the ageing patient. Dent Update 2005;32(10):598–600, 602–4.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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