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Dental Care

Definition: The total of dental diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services provided to meet the needs of a patient (from Illustrated Dictionary of Dentistry, 1982).
Notes: = professional care by a professional; ORAL HYGIENE = personal care by the subject himself; do not confuse with DENTISTRY: DENTISTRY is the dentist & the profession, DENTAL CARE is the patient & the care given him; GEN only: do not confuse with TOOTH DISE

Dental Care Categories.
Dental Care for Aged - The giving of attention to the special dental needs of the elderly for proper maintenance or treatment. The dental care may include the services provided by dental specialists.
Dental Care for Children - The giving of attention to the special dental needs of children, including the prevention of tooth diseases and instruction in dental hygiene and dental health. The dental care may include the services provided by dental specialists.
Dental Care for Chronically Ill - Dental care for patients with chronic diseases. These diseases include chronic cardiovascular, endocrinologic, hematologic, immunologic, neoplastic, and renal diseases. The concept does not include dental care for the mentally or physically disabled which is DENTAL CARE FOR DISABLED.
Dental Care for Disabled - Dental care for the emotionally, mentally, or physically disabled patient. It does not include dental care for the chronically ill ( = DENTAL CARE FOR CHRONICALLY ILL).

Dental Care Definitions and Terms

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