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The delivery of oral care services to elderly people living in a noninstitutionalized setting.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of public health dentistry
Publication Date
Volume
60
Issue
4
Pages
321–325
Identifiers
PMID: 11243054
Source
Medline

Abstract

Advances in medical science are enabling people to survive more illness and disability. As people live longer, their mobility and/or ability for self-care often are reduced by physical or mental disability and other chronic diseases. It may become unreasonable or impractical for them to access mainstream dental services. Increasing numbers of dentate elderly people with expectations of oral health higher than earlier cohorts of elderly people are likely to bring increasing demands to the dental profession for their continuing care. Thus, the oral care for disabled elderly people in noninstitutionalized settings may pose a challenge. The oral care options available to this group of people include the dental surgery/operatory, a mobile dental service, home-based or domiciliary dental care, a mix-and-match combination of surgery-based and domiciliary care, and cyberspace. Noninstitutionalized, disabled elderly people may have to rely on domiciliary care services for their oral health care. This paper explores the training implications, the necessary knowledge and skills base, the benefits and limitations to both the service provider and user, the equipment available, and the cost/funding of domiciliary dentistry. Domiciliary dental care services need to be developed by improving pre- and postdoctoral training programs and by establishing realistic remuneration for dental teams providing this care so that noninstitutionalized, disabled elderly people can access oral health care.

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