By Erin Potts, DDS, Raha Naderi, RDH, MEd, Khairunisa Hashmani, RDH, MA, EdD, Angela Catic, MD, MEd and Lea Kiefer, MPH
The deterioration of cognitive functions, such as executive functioning, working memory, attention, aphasia, and apraxia, complicates the ability to provide dental care to patients with Alzheimer disease/dementia (AD/D). Dementia is a comprehensive term used to describe a significant decline in cognitive abilities that interferes with an individual’s ability to carry out daily activities. AD is common among patients with dementia.
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