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Special Care Dentistry Symposium

By 2030, one in four Singaporeans will be 65 years old and above. In tandem with this population shift, dentists will be expected to manage more elderly patients with multiple co-morbidities, cognitive impairment, and functional disabilities. Concurrently, with greater health literacy, more children and younger adults with disabilities will seek dental care in the primary care setting.

The inaugural Special Care Dentistry Symposium at IDEM will update dentists on the current best practices in treatment planning and care delivery for patients with medical conditions and physical/intellectual disabilities. It will also include a practical guide on the appropriate management of adult patients with various levels of disabilities, including indications for referral. Finally, through the symposium, participants will receive tips from world-renowned experts on communication, behavioural management, and steps to ensure smoother treatment sessions and good long-term outcomes for patients, which are key skills for any successful dental practice.


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Dr. Mark S. Wolff

Special Care Dentistry Symposium

Oral Health and Caries Management of Vulnerable Individuals: Focus on the Disabled and the Elderly by Mark S. Wolff

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Medically Complex Patients: Sorting and Sieving out a Medical and Lifestyle History by Laurence Walsh

Today it is more common for dentists to encounter patients with complex medical histories, which raises the question of where to begin. This presentation steps through a structured process of building the medical history or anamnesis of a patient, flagging areas that need special attention because they influence the ability to provide dental care safely and effectively. The history of medicines includes not only what medications the patient is currently taking but also they might have been taking until recently, and what they have taken as medications that have been bought at the pharmacy or supermarket, including homeopathic and herbal remedies. Examples will be given showing how important a thorough lifestyle and social history can be to assembling an appropriate management plan.

Oral Care and Radiation Oncology by Graeme Ting

In 2015, cancer was the leading cause of death in Singapore (Singapore Cancer Registry Report 2017). Of all cancers affecting Singaporeans, approximately 5% are nasopharyngeal. We are living longer and surviving more medical events than ever before. It is likely in your practice that you will need to care for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck region, or a cancer of other body systems. What is the rationale for caring for these patients and what important care can we give to protect their oral health and ensure the minimal impact on quality of life?

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, participants will appreciate how cancer and cancer therapies have reciprocal impacts on oral health and how these factors in turn, can impact on quality of life. We will see the importance of the dental team in multidisciplinary care of patients suffering from cancer and that our involvement does not stop when cancer treatment stops. Head and neck cancer will be used to illustrate practical care tips and techniques and show how the dental team in the community can with hospital colleagues care for cancer patients.

Information is correct as of January 2020 and is subject to change without prior notice.

Supporting Partner

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Special Care Dentistry Association of Singapore (SCDAS)

Special Care Dentistry Association of Singapore (SCDAS) was formed in 2017. It is an organization of oral health professionals and individuals who are dedicated to promoting the oral health of adults with disabilities and special needs.

SCDAS is committed to growing and promoting the field of special care dentistry through continual education, upgrading the knowledge and skills of oral health professionals and care providers, and increasing awareness among the public through health education programmes.