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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74--78

The role of dentist in palliative care team


Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram, India

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Rani P Mol
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.68408

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The palliative doctor gives the 'touch of God' as he/she takes care of the terminally ill patient. The oncologist encounters great difficulties in managing oral cavity problems of these patients. A trained dental doctor can help other doctors in dealing with these situations. But the general dental surgeon does not have enough idea about his part in these treatments. The community is also unaware of the role that a nearby dentist can play. Adequate training programs have to be conducted and awareness has to be created. A trained dentist will be a good team mate for the oncologist or radiotherapist or other doctors of the palliative care team. In this paper, a brief attempt is made to list a few areas in which a palliative care dentist can help other members of the palliative care team and also the patient in leading a better life.






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