Dental Care for Geriatric Patients
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 2, 2014 ? Susan Calderbank, DMD, spoke at the Updates in Contemporary Dentistry meeting. She presented to more than 230 attendees on the topic of geriatric dentistry and the importance of serving this growing population of dentists.
Dr. Calderbank proposed that demographic change is one of the biggest challenges facing dentistry. With the birthrate dropping, while life expectancy is rising, older adults make up one of the fastest growing segments of the world population. Those factors make it very relevant for clinicians to consider the healthcare needs of the aging population.
She stated that clinicians must be aware of and address a number of caries risk factors for older adults:
? Reduced salivary flow (dry mouth)
? Reduced frequency and effectiveness of oral self care
? Presence of removable partial dentures
? Heavy plaque deposits
? Increased consumption of sugar and simple carbohydrates
Geriatric Dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with normal aging and age related diseases. Dr. Calderbank says dental care for older adults should focus on prevention and requires an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals.
In an interview with Dental Learning after her presentation, Dr. Calderbank shared her preferred products to help provide care for geriatric patients. She particularly espoused Colgate?s preventative line, including: PreviDent Varnish for its efficacy in handling hypersensitivity; PreviDent 5000 Booster Plus for high caries risk patients; PreviDent Rinse for patients who have difficulty brushing; and Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpaste as a go-to dentrifice.