Meeting the oral health needs of institutionalized elderly

Dysphagia. 1992;7(2):73-80. doi: 10.1007/BF02493437.


Numerous impairments cause suffering to the institutionalized elderly person. The medically compromised or severely demented patient, especially one with swallowing difficulties, presents a challenge to the dental practitioner. This paper summarizes typical geriatric dental problems that caregivers in a long-term care (LTC) facility should find recognizable. It also describes palliative and preventive treatment modalities that help improve the quality of life for such institutionalized patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Geriatric Dentistry / standards*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / standards*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Homes*
  • Oral Health*
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Preventive Health Services