Oral Health and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Examples of the Team Approach to Geriatric Care.

Dental clinics of North America

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Kaufman LB, Henshaw MM, Brown BP, Calabrese JM. Oral Health and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Examples of the Team Approach to Geriatric Care. Dent Clin North Am. 2016;60(4):879-90.
Oral health for the older adult patient is vital for function, comfort, and communication and is a critical component of overall health. Oral diseases such as dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer may lead to pain, functional limitations, and decreased quality of life. Optimal oral health outcomes are often owing to effective interprofessional collaboration between and among health care providers, in conjunction with patient family members and caregivers. This article highlights 2 cases illustrating how interprofessional team dynamics can affect patient outcomes.