Palliative Care Dentistry-A Boon for the ElderlyVishwas Bhatia1* and Garima Bhatia2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Vishwas Bhatia
B.D.S, M.D.S Prosthodontics
Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge
Eklavya Dental College and Hospital
Kotputli, Jaipur-303108, Rajasthan, India
Received date: July 13, 2012; Accepted date: August 07, 2012; Published date: August 09, 2012
Citation: Bhatia V, Bhatia G (2012) Palliative Care Dentistry-A Boon for the Elderly. J Palliative Care Med 2:126. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000126
Copyright: © 2012 Bhatia V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Palliative care deals with patients in the end phase of their life. These patients should receive a treatment which focuses on the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Now, a question may arise, what role could a dentist have in palliative care. Well, it has to be brought to everyone’s notice that a dental treatment may not always consist of straining curative treatment approaches, but also focuses on the improvement of the quality of life. The aim of this paper is to give a view of general dental problems in geriatrics/old age people and their treatments that might not only relieve them of their disease but have a positive impact on their psychology, as during this phase of life our only aim should be to put back a smile on their face.