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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

March 2001
Volume 32 , Issue 3

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The patient with Alzheimerís disease

Christina A. Gitto, DDS/Michael J. Moroni, DDS/Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA/Satinderpal Sandu, MD

Pages: 221-231
PMID: 12066662

Victims of Alzheimerís disease show a gradual and steady deterioration in memory, orientation, emotional stability, language capacity, abstract thinking, motor skills, and, ultimately, self care. Cognitive and motor deficits are accompanied by a gradual inabiltiy to perform adequate oral hygiene. Alzheimerís disease also interferes with the patientís ability to communicate dental symptoms of pain or dysfunction, and progressive deterioration of cognition interferes with the patientís ability to tolerate most therapeutic interventions. When treating patientís with Alzheimerís disease, oral health care providers must develop timely, preventive, and therapeutic strategies compatible with the patientís physical and cognitive ability to undergo and respond to dental care. They should strive to achieve those goals with the same ethical, moral, and professional standards of care as may be appropriate in the management of any other patient.

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