Oral health in frail older people is often poor. There are a number of reasons for this, such as increased morbity and decreased motivation for (self) care. Good oral health is, however, very important. Studies have revealed poor oral health to cause or aggravate several medical and psychological problems. Illness and medication can, in turn, damage oral health. Oral health among the elderly should therefore be carefully monitored and maintained. This requires multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration on the part of healthcare professionals and others involved. Such collaboration is now still very limited; hardly anything has been written about how such collaboration in the area of oral care for frail older people should or could be organised. This article provides an overview of the possibilities and the relevant factors in the area of oral care for the elderly in promoting collaboration among healthcare professionals and others involved. All of this is under the banner of ‘united we stand’.
P.C. Bots-van ’t Spijker
C.D. van der Maarel-Wierink
|Publicatiedatum||6 december 2019|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 126 - editie 12 - december 2019; 673-678|