Dental Care for the Chronically Ill and Aged (USPHS, 1965)



This film details how dentists can serve people who are elderly, ill, and/or homebound. A dentist and his assistant are shown making home visits and providing care using portable equipment to people who appear to be confined to bed. Dental staff demonstrate how to adapt an office setting and procedures to meet the needs of a person in a wheelchair or who otherwise may need special attention, such as someone with diabetes. The process of making dentures for a homebound person is shown, with every step carried out at the patient’s bedside. A special program in Kansas City to train dentists and dental hygienists to provide this sort of care is discussed.

Learn more about this film and search its transcript at NLM Digital Collections: http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/101636741.

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