, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 73–80

Meeting the oral health needs of institutionalized elderly


  • Kathy Udell Martin
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-New YorkDVAMC-NY Dental Service (630/160
    • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Joel O'Hara Martin
    • New Jersey Dental SchoolUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

DOI: 10.1007/BF02493437

Cite this article as:
Martin, K.U. & Martin, J.O. Dysphagia (1992) 7: 73. 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.

Key words

Geriatric dentistryDeglutition disordersNursing homesDeglutition

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