Current data show many older adults to have poor oral health, deteriorating even more when they become frail or care dependent. In order to achieve a structural and sustained improvement of this situation, it is necessary to have a clear view of the factors determining oral health in older adults, such as (endogenous (biological, lifestyle), environmental determinants and determinants associated with the organisation of healthcare. The various determinants show oral health in older adults is the result of the
combined effects of very diverse factors and for that reason, a solution will have to be based on a multidisciplinary approach, also involving people outside of clinical care. To promote good oral health over the full course of life, it is important to invest in a good start in life, that helps accumulate oral health gains, and at the same time it is essential to adapt the healthcare system and prevention strategies to the individual’s needs in order to make oral care effective for the full course of life.
N. de Witte
|Publicatiedatum||6 december 2019|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 126 - editie 12 - december 2019; 657-664|