As our understanding of the needs and demands of older adults for oral healthcare increases, it seems that we need to consider care pathways which are acceptable, accessible and affordable. It is also important to consider how aging, and more importantly health status, impacts on an individual’s capacity to undertake the maintenance procedures required to secure oral health. Identification of risk factors for tooth loss is vital, and horizon scanning for all partially dentate older adults is vital to reduce the problems associated with unplanned tooth loss in the future.
- To understand factors which complicate dental treatment in the elderly
- To understand the need for timely assessment and identification of risk factors for tooth loss in older patients
- Be aware of the importance of maintenance, and relevance of medical and social circumstances