The dental problems of the elderly, though they may seem slight, can have far-reaching effects on both health and quality of life. The complexity and variety of potential physical and psychosocial problems of older citizens require a multidisciplinary management approach. Dental team members need to target appropriate resources outside of the dental office, and nondental care providers need to attend to dental needs as well as other more evident problems. Only in this way can we help to optimize the health and longevity of this ever-increasing segment of the population.
A continuing study at the Oro-Facial Pain Clinic. The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne has demonstrated that hypnotherapy is a useful tool in the management of previously resistant, chronic facial pain disorders, discomfort conditions and dental phobic illness.
The one-to-one intervention between patient and dentist continues to offer significant opportunities for practitioners to impact positively on their patients' oral health behaviour. A growing body of behavioural science research offers suggestions for maximizing these opportunities.
Psychogenic pain has been described in many parts of the body such as limbs, digestive system, respiratory organs, and obstetrics. Computer searches have not found a single published case of psychogenic pain of dental origin. Two such cases are described within this paper, which describes pain severe enough to interfere with normal daily activity. The first describes a situation which resulted in 5 operations being performed before an adequate diagnosis was made and treatment started with hypnosis.
Periodontal diseases continue to be most commonly occurring oral diseases in modern times. Many therapeutic modalities have been tried and tested to relieve these problems. The conventional therapy--scaling and root planing (SRP)--stands out to be the most used mode of treatment, and other treatments remain applicable as adjuncts to SRP, including acupuncture, acupressure, and aromatherapy. The present article discusses the applications of the abovementioned therapeutic modes and their relevance in current scenarios.
Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
This article of the series Dentistry and Ayurveda describes in brief, the basic principles and unique concepts involved in Ayurveda namely the concepts of Ama, Ojas, Rasas (tastes-types and the factors affecting the choice of the drug/medicine etc.), immunity, etiopathogenesis and prevention of diseases in Ayurveda in general.