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Palliative care: Role of a dentist
14th International Conference on Dental Health
September 14-16, 2016 Philadelphia, USA

Nabila Jamil

Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Bangladesh

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: Dentistry


Palliative care is the active total care of patients whose disease is not or no more responsive to curative treatment. The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care for the terminally ill patient is based on multidimensional philosophy to provide whole person comfort and maintaining optimal function. Although disease and discomfort of the mouth cavity and teeth are integral and obvious in terminally ill patient but usually it does not include dentistry in its team approach. Dentist can have a significant role in the care of these patients by providing total, active comfort care of the oral cavity by alleviation of pain and prevention of infection from oral cavity because the function of the oral cavity is essential to the patient´┐Ż??s ability to thrive. Moreover, Palliative care patient require special dental attention, ranging from operative and preventive care to support for patients physical and emotional aspects of well-being. This review will explore some common problems and their management encountered in palliative care dentistry for terminally ill adults.

Biography :

Nabila Jamil has completed her graduation at Bangladesh Dental College Dhaka. She is currently continuing her Masters in Community Dentistry at Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS). She has also completed her Post-gradational training at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital. She is the owner of Sikder Dental Aid, a dental clinic.