American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD)
American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD)
By the year 2000, 35 million Americans - more than one in six - will be 65 years of age or older,. In most general dental practices the proportion of older adults is even greater, and the elderly account for a higher percentage of practice income with each passing year. The American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD) is committed to a mission of improving the oral health of older adults.
The dental needs of the elderly are changing and growing too. The management of older patients requires not only an understanding of the medical and dental aspects of aging, but also of many other factors such as ambulation, independent living, socialization, and sensory function. Many barriers may interfere with providing older patients with dental care, including severe dental complexity, multiple medical conditions, diminished functional status, loss of independence, uninformed attitudes about dental care in old age, and limited finances. The mission of the ASGD is to surmount these barriers by education, clinical programs, research agendas, and legislative advocacy.
American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD)
Special Care Dentistry
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Il 60611
P: 312-527-6764
F: 312-673-6663
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