Oral health care in the elderly population in Malaysia - a review

John, J. and Mani, S.A. and Azizah, Y. (2004) Oral health care in the elderly population in Malaysia - a review. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 59 (3). pp. 433-438. ISSN 0300-5283,


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One of the undeniable facts about living is that everyday we are getting older. By 2050, it is projected that one out of every five Malaysians will be 60 or older. The economic challenge of this demographic change will affect development and the financial implications of sustaining well being of this group are formidable and complex. This population group has extensive oral disease, medical problems that complicate their oral care, and unique dental treatment challenges. The authors discuss the problem of oral healthcare among the aged, its impediments and propose some approaches for improvement to better serve the needs of this group of vulnerable members of our nation.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Elderly Geriatric dentistry Health Quality of life age aged aging elderly care health care delivery human Malaysia review standard Age Factors Delivery of Health Care Health Services for the Aged Humans Oral Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of General Dental Practice And Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging
Depositing User: Ms Nursyafiqah Abd Malek
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 02:40
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 09:13
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3895

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