British Dental Association Northern Ireland champions oral health of older adults
The British Dental Association (BDA) Northern Ireland actively promotes the oral health needs of the elderly population. BDA Northern Ireland liaises with other eldercare advocates to raise awareness of the importance of addressing this often-overlooked aspect of healthcare for older people. BDA Northern Ireland strives for oral health to be prioritized as a key element of the eldercare agenda.
"Now, more than ever, we have an increasingly dentate elderly population who require different and additional levels of care, but the resources simply haven't kept pace. It's vital that the oral healthcare needs of the older population are prioritized along with all the other aspects of their general health and well-being."
Grainne Quinn, BDA Northern Ireland representative and Chair of the Northern Ireland Salaried Dentists Committee
BDA Northern Ireland calls for increased investment in community and general dental services, so practitioners can offer a comprehensive and tailored approach to oral healthcare within the elderly community. BDA Northern Ireland will continue to cultivate strong ties with other interested stakeholders to address the needs of ageing populations together.
World Oral Health Forum to focus on healthy ageing at World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires
FDI is equally invested in promoting the oral health needs of older adults. The World Oral Health Forum (WOHF) is held every year at the FDI World Dental Congress. This year’s WOHF will build upon the work of FDI’s Oral Health for an Ageing Population partnership (OHAP), which pursues opportunities to improve oral disease prevention and treatment for elderly patients and actively raises awareness on the need to conduct additional research in this subject area.
The WOHF will illustrate examples of healthy ageing through a series of real-life examples of successful elderly oral healthcare models from Asia, Europe, and South America. The oral health community plays an indispensable role in ensuring that people age in a healthy and supported way.
The FDI World Dental Congress will be held from 5-8 September 2018. Please visit the official Congress website for more information on the WOHF on healthy ageing and other Congress events.