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Geriatric Dentistry: Before You Call 911

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With these changing demographics in the elderly population, it’s hard for any dental practice to ignore this fastest growing segment of the American population. Older adult patients unlike younger, healthy adults may present with scenarios that challenge clinicians and necessitate closer scrutiny at every visit. There will be some challenging situations but eventually a fulfilling experience not only for the patient but also for every individual associated with them. It requires the entire dental team working together to practice the protocol they need to follow before they call 911 and make sure that the appointment is a success for every elderly patient.

Dental and oral healthcare professionals have several reasons to be concerned with COVID-19, including financial, moral, social, and professional issues. Applying specific coping techniques, such as patient management and infection control tactics, as well as utilizing new technology for virtual interaction with the patient, might allay these worries. It can support the maintenance and improvement of the oral and dental health systems' resilience.67

In general, it is excellent that so many dentists have accepted the challenge of combating COVID-19.