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Dental care of older people conference in Dundee


Figures from the 2011 census show that there are for the first time, more people in Scotland aged over 65 than there are under 15. Recent figures show the proportion of people in Scotland who are aged over 75 will rise by 80 per cent by 2035.

Unlike previous generations, a significant number of the ageing population still have their teeth. This is largely due to better oral health care. However the management of dental care to the older person, along with any health issues the patient may have, means that the challenges of providing dental care for this age group are changing.

NHS Education for Scotland is addressing these challenges and, as part of their work, have organised a conference to bring together leading experts from all over the UK. The aim is is to share knowledge over a wide range of topics that will help dental professionals provide quality restorative care to their patients, while appreciating any health concerns.

The conference "Gerodontology - the changing paradigm of dental care in older people" is being staged in Dundee this Friday, 15 November and is one largest dental conferences being organised in Scotland this year, with over 200 dental professionals gathering at the Dundee Apex Hotel.

The conference has also attracted a number of UK dental companies as part of a trade fair.

Gillian Nevin from NHS Education for Scotland said

"This is an exciting event to be part of. Care of the Elderly dentition raises difficult challenges for dental care professionals and often requires a multidisciplinary approach.

"I am delighted that Dundee has had the opportunity to bring together a significant number of the dental team and let them share their understanding on this topic. It will benefit patient care across Scotland."

Speakers already confirmed include:

Professor Jimmy Steele CBE
Clinical Professor and Consultant in restorative Dentistry at Newcastle

Dr Janice Ellis
Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle School of Dental Sciences

Dr Alexander Crighton
Consultant and Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School

Professor Ruth Freeman
Professor of Dental Public Health Research, Director of the Oral Health and Health
Research Programme and Co-Director of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee

Ambi Wildman and Theresea Douglas
Ambi Wildman and Theresa Douglas are the Dementia Project Leads at NHS Education for Scotland. They have worked on the Promoting Excellence workforce developmentprogramme since 2010 following the launch of the first National Dementia Strategy

Dr Tony Preston
Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, University of Liverpool

Dr Gillian Elliot
Senior Dental Officer for Oral Health Promotion in Tayside with the Public Dental Service and specialises in Special Care Dentistry

Dr Marilou Ciantar
Specialist Periodontal and Oral Surgeon at Blackhills Clinic, Aberuthven

Caring for Smiles Team
Better oral health for dependent older people


Reference PR2013-004

Further Information

For further details please contact: John Schofield, NES Corporate Communications.  or tel  0131 656 3212 

Notes to Editors

NES is NHSScotland's national education and training Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland