The term geriatric dentistry is also known as geriodontics, which is the delivery of dental care and treatment for the elderly. It involves the diagnosis, prevention and the treatment of problems that are associated with the normal process of aging and also the various age-related diseases as a part of an interdisciplinary team that involve other health care professionals that consists of many dentists or dental surgeons. Therefore it is very essential to separate dental care for geriatric patients from the general health because maintaining oral or dental health is more difficult and also different in old age. In old age the body tissues get harder and the collection of waste products in the body cells and the loss of lubrication leads to many impaired functions of the different organs in the body. Many seniors who are affected by multiple problems in the teeth with different oral manifestations are treated with medication. They are also screened and tested for other dental issues and to prevent chronic problems like mouth cancer. Most dental providers are aware that one of the most common chronic diseases of the elderly is diabetes. Diabetes results in exacerbating periodontal diseases and it also the healing of wounds. Thus a good and successful dental treatment can be achieved for elderly people if proper attention is given to the diagnosis and also adapt the right techniques and methods to overcome and face all the challenges that come along with the dental care.
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