The proportion of older people continues to grow worldwide, especially in developing countries. Non-communicable diseases are fast becoming the leading causes of disability and mortality, in coming decade’s health and social policy-makers will face tremendous challenges posed by the rapidly changing burden of chronic diseases in old age. Globally, poor oral health amongst older people has been particularly evident in high levels of tooth loss, dental caries experience, and the prevalence rates of periodontal disease, xerostomia and oral precancer/cancer. Control of oral disease and illness in older adults should be strengthened through organization of affordable oral health services, which meet their needs. Education and continuous training must ensure that oral health care providers have skills in and a profound understanding of the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of care for older people.
Key words: Geriatric patients, Oral health
Corresponding author: Dr. Rishamleen Kaur, Ex- Student SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
This article may be cited as: Kaur R, Bhullar JK, Kaur G. Oral Health & Geriatric Patients: Building a Bridge. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2018;6(8):109-112.