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Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges

P. Holm-Pedersen

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (45 KB) str. 312-312 preuzimanja: 222* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Holm-Pedersen, P. (2002). Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges. Acta stomatologica Croatica, 36 (3), 312-312. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Holm-Pedersen, P.. "Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges." Acta stomatologica Croatica, vol. 36, br. 3, 2002, str. 312-312. Citirano 27.11.2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Holm-Pedersen, P.. "Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges." Acta stomatologica Croatica 36, br. 3 (2002): 312-312.
Holm-Pedersen, P. (2002). 'Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges', Acta stomatologica Croatica, 36(3), str. 312-312. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 27.11.2021.)
Holm-Pedersen P. Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges. Acta stomatologica Croatica [Internet]. 2002 [pristupljeno 27.11.2021.];36(3):312-312. Dostupno na:
P. Holm-Pedersen, "Gerodontology - Status and New Challenges", Acta stomatologica Croatica, vol.36, br. 3, str. 312-312, 2002. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 27.11.2021.]

Changing demographics, which include a dramatic increase in the number of old and very old individuals have great implications for the health care professions. Further, the rates of edentulousness and tooth loss are rapidly declining. Consequently, the number of teeth at risk of developing unfavorable oral diseases is growing. As patients live longer with significant chronic systemic disease, and as more older people seek dental care, practitioners will increasingly encounter medically and functionally compromised individuals. Many recent studies have shown that systemic diseases, their treatments, and functional impairments have an impact on oral health and function and consequently on the quality of life of an older person. However, the interplay between general health and oral health is a two-way relationship. Oral infections, in particular periodontal disease, give rise to pathogens, which can become blood born or aspirated into the lungs, and which may cause serious, even life-threatening consequences. An understanding of the interplay
between general and oral health is imperative, if oral health care is to have a reasonable chance of success. One of the major challenges facing the dental profession today is maintaining oral health and function into the oldestold years, especially in those elderly, who do not age successfully. Age alone, however, should have no influence
on the decision to treat or not to treat.

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