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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-149

Nutrition in maxillofacial prosthetic patients: The unexplored frontier

Department of Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences, Faculty of Dental Sciences, U.P. King George's University of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, UP, India

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Ravi Madan
M/s. S.M. Medicos, 12 Ambedkar Market, Moradabad - 244 001, UP
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.37679

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A patient who undergoes/has undergone maxillofacial surgery is already under enormous apprehension and fear. Postoperative physical and mental stress because of depression, shock, anger and ostracisation add to functional and esthetic impairments and all these make the sufferer prone to malnourishment. An approach that involves simple nutritional principles preceding the surgery, continuing postoperatively and proceeding life long will translate into improved prosthodontic prognosis. We have attempted to apply these principles to solve the common nutritional problems affecting maxillofacial prosthetic patients, keeping in focus the diet and economics of a normal Indian patient.

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