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UdaiLetter to Editor Volume 2 Issue 12

Gerodontology: Why is it Important?

Haritma Nigam1*, Manisha Parpiyani2 and Anand Kantaria2

1Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Pacific Dental College and Research Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2Intern Pacific Dental College and Research Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

*Corresponding Author: Haritma Nigam, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Pacific Dental College and Research Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Received: October 22, 2021; Published: November 11, 2021


Gerodontology or Geriatric Dentistry is a specialized area of dentistry which deals with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of dental conditions relating to the elderly.

Geriatric patients often suffer from complex medical issues related to ageing which mostly occur in combination with one another, compromising both the physical and mental health of the individual.

Oral health is often ignored in the elderly and oral diseases allied with ageing are multifaceted, adversely affecting quality of life. Therefore, a multidisciplinary approach is essential for such patients. Certain strategies need to be adopted for oral health improvement including management and maintenance of oral conditions which can be either systematically or pharmacologically induced. The primary aim of such treatment is to ensure the re-establishment of proper masticatory function.

Keywords: Geriatric Patient; Gerodontology; Multidisciplinary Approach


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Citation: Haritma Nigam., et al. “Gerodontology: Why is it Important?". Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports 2.12 (2021): 12-13.


Copyright: © 2021 Haritma Nigam., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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