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Geriatric & Adult Special Needs Oral Health Resources

This guide supports geriatric and adult special needs oral health resources by the School of Dental Medicine.

Welcome to the - Geriatric Health Resources Guide

Welcome:  Geriatric and Adult Special Needs Oral Health Guide

Expert Information 

Dr. Tabrizi is a recognized Geriatric Dentist nationally & internationally. She is an associate professor at the University of Nevada, School of Dental Medicine in Las Vegas. She serves as a member and a leader in multiple local, national, and international organizations on Gerontology and Geriatrics. Dr. Tabrizi has published in local, national, and international dental journals. Including invited authorship to a chapter on geriatric oral health for Springer Publishing titled, Dementia and chronic disease: Management of comorbid medical conditions (2020). She is a leader in geriatric oral health in many levels; she is a clinician, a researcher, an author and an educator. She believes today's geriatric population are those who fought the good fight, worked hard and made possible what we have in our lives today, it is time to thank them by serving them. 




Definition of Geriatric Dentistry

Older adults are more susceptible to systematic conditions, predisposing them to develop oral and maxillofacial diseases that can directly or indirectly lead to malnutrition, altered communication, increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, and diminished quality of life. Interestingly, age alone does not seem to play a major role in impaired oral health. Rather, oral diseases, systemic conditions, prescription and nonprescription medications, and head and neck radiotherapy predispose older persons to developing oral and pharyngeal disorders. 

Source: Ettinger, R. L. (2017). Geriatric dentistry: Clinical aspects. In E. Capezuti, The encyclopedia of elder care: the comprehensive resource on geriatric health and social care (4th ed.). Springer Publishing Company. Credo Reference


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How to Use this Guide

How to Use this Guide

This library guide is designed to support the work of Dr. Tabrizi in the area of geriatric oral health. Dr. Tabrizi is a global leader in this area. Use this guide to locate UNLV University Libraries journals and databases relevant to the topic. Additionally, other links to national government resources from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are listed. Media resources related to Age Friendly Health Systems recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement are added for your viewing and learning pleasure. If there are questions about library resources please contact the dental librarian, Ms. Xan Goodman. 

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