The Silver Wave Demographics: Oral Health in the Growing Elderly Population in Asia

The typical aging patient’s baseline health state can be complicated by comorbid conditions and physiologic changes. Polypharmacy, physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments will make oral health self-care and patient education/communications challenging. Managing this group of patients not only requires changes in daily dental practice but also requires systematic changes in the healthcare model to cope with this silver tsunami. The presentation will highlight possible strategies to ensure our healthcare system remains sustainable and able to meet with this ever growing demand.

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