About this Research Topic
The world population is aging. The dental profession is facing unprecedented challenges on many fronts. As people are living longer, dental diseases such as dental caries and periodontal diseases which are associated with aging are becoming more prevalent, and there are a high number of older adults requiring treatments to restore oral health and function. Dental diseases can cause pain and discomfort, tooth loss, problems in esthetics, impaired mastication, and reduced quality of life. In addition, oral conditions in older adults are often complicated by underlying systemic conditions and their associated therapeutic treatments.
In recent years, new materials and approaches have been developed for the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases. In addition, attention has been drawn to the importance of the relationship between dental conditions and patient quality of life. The treatment philosophy of modern dentistry focuses on addressing a patient’s needs from the patient’s perspective. Patient-centered care, also known as person-centered care, has been defined by the Institute of Medicine as 'providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions’, and has been shown to lead to improved patient outcomes.
This Research Topic aims to bring together articles uncovering new knowledge in dental care for geriatric patients, specifically in relation to the concept of patient-centered care. We welcome contributions including original research and clinical studies, case-reports, and reviews. Articles on updated oral health policies and reports on the evaluation of community services for older adults are also within the scope of this topic.
Potential topics related to patient-centered care in geriatric dentistry include but are not limited to:
• Oral diseases pertinent to geriatric patients
• Prevention and management of oral diseases
• Quality of care and healthcare policies or guidelines of care provision to older adults
• Medical conditions in relation to dental health in older adults
Keywords: geriatric dental care, oral function, quality of life, patient-centred care, person-centered care
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