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Vol. 72, No. 5
ISSN: 1488-2159
June 2006


Rational Dental Care: Part 1. Has the Concept Changed in 20 Years?


• Ronald L. Ettinger, BDS, MDS, DDSc, DABSCD •

A b s t r a c t

The concept of “rational dental care” was developed 20 years ago when it became clear that idealized treatment plans for frail and functionally dependent older adults were often inappropriate. This first in a series of 2 articles reviews the reasons for developing the concept.


MeSH Key Words: decision making; dental care for aged; geriatric assessment; patient care planning
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