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Article: Volume 42 Number 5 Page 464 - June 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 464-472

Special Care Dentistry:  Dementia and Dentistry

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Abstract: Dementia is increasing in prevalence: by 2025 it is estimated that there will be over a million people in the UK with this diagnosis. The condition is likely to affect us all as healthcare providers, whether in our patients, our relatives or ourselves. This article gives an overview of dementia: causes, treatment, how it affects people and provides advice on how to manage patients with dementia who require dental care.

Clinical relevance: By identifying the patient with dementia and being aware of the challenges in providing care the clinician can provide better treatment and reduce the chance of dental problems as the condition progresses.

Author notes: Julie A Edwards, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry, Liz Ford, Dementia and Delirium Clinical Nurse Specialist and Carole Boyle, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Floor 26, Tower Wing, Great Maze Pond, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT.

Objective: To understand the causes, presentation, challenges and dental management of dementia.

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