Conclusion

Dental professionals have a tremendous opportunity to improve the oral health of all patients. The growing number of older patients coming to dental practices presents the profession with unique challenges in patient assessment, communication, and treatment planning for oral hygiene care.

Treatment needs of the older adult present the dental hygienist and dental assistant with the opportunity to focus special assessment, communication, and treatment-planning skills on a diverse, deserving, and grateful population.

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The older adult: An opportunity to impact oral health.

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