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When parents tell their kids to learn from their elders, it rarely works out as well as it did with Dr. Kadambari “Kady” Rawal.Dr. Rawal spends two days a week treating adults at Boston University’s Dental Health Center Faculty practice, and three more attending to geriatric patients – most 85 and older – at the dental clinics at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Hebrew Senior Life, both in the Boston suburbs. She’s drawn to older adults, she says, because growing up in Mumbai, she loved the fact that her grandparents lived nearby. “I grew up respecting them and learning so much from them that I thought taking up geriatrics as my specialty would be a great fit,” she says. (The master’s degree in dental public health she’s set to receive next year has a specialty in geriatrics.)Dr. Rawal says the challenges of treating older adults are rewarding. Her patients, some of whom are older than 100, are unable to keep their mouth open for long, so she has to work efficiently during appointments. Geriatric patients also typically have many other medical needs, so Dr. Rawal is required to communicate closely with their other doctors, nutritionists and speech pathologists to devise her treatment plans.Her priority, she says, is getting her patients back to dental capability so they can chew properly and get the nutrients they need to stay healthy. “It’s more about form and function than it is about aesthetics,” she notes.Dr. Rawal is also a mentor with the American Association of Women Dentists at Boston U. She provides free screening services with other AAWD members at Rosie’s Place, which was the first women’s shelter in the U.S. when it opened in 1974.Last February, she went home, accompanying six female dental clinicians on a trip, organized by the Angel Dentist Network, to treat women and children in Mumbai’s red-light district. “In the span of four hours, we screened about 400 women and their children,” she says, adding that she hopes to return soon. Her surviving grandfathers are surely beaming with pride.
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