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Oral health for ageing populations

Achieving a healthy ageing society

Published: September 2018

The world’s population is ageing: both the number and the share of older adults are rapidly increasing in virtually every country in the world.

Epidemiological studies show that older persons are particularly affected by poor oral health, with negative consequences on their general health. Diseases such as dental caries, periodontal disease, tooth loss, dry mouth or oral cancer affect their chewing function and nutritional intake, as well as their ability to interact socially, thus leading to a drastic decrease in quality of life or even death.

Lifelong oral health aims to maintain good oral health and an optimal quality of life through oral health promotion, risk assessment, disease prevention, early diagnosis, and intervention at all stages of life. Read the eight core pillars of oral health in the elderly and learn about the four steps that can be taken to improve the oral health of the elderly.


Advocacy and strategy

  1. “Active Ageing: A Policy Framework.” The Aging Male 5, no. 1 (January 1, 2002): 1–37.

  2. Oral health in ageing society - integration of oral health and general health.

  3. Tokyo Declaration 2015.

  4. Global Strategy and Action Plan on ageing and health (2016-2010).

  5. World Report on Ageing and Health.

  6. The Seattle Care Pathway for securing oral health in older patients. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Gerodontology 2014; 31 (Suppl. 1): 77–87

  7. And :

  8. Ettinger, R. L. “Attitudes and Values Concerning Oral Health and Utilisation of Services among the Elderly.” International Dental Journal 42, no. 5 (October 1992): 373-384; discussion 385-392.


  1. Miyazaki, Hideo, Judith A. Jones, and Eugenio D. Beltrán-Aguilar. “Surveillance and Monitoring of Oral Health in Elderly People.” International Dental Journal 67 (October 1, 2017): 34–41.

  2. Yamanaka, Katsumi, Haruo Nakagaki, Ichiro Morita, Hisashi Suzaki, Masatoshi Hashimoto, and Takeshi Sakai. “Comparison of the Health Condition between the 8020 Achievers and the 8020 Non-Achievers.” International Dental Journal 58, no. 3 (June 2008): 146–50.

Education and interprofessional education

  1. Otsuka H, Kondo K, Ohara Y et al. An Inter- and Intraprofessional Education Program in Which Dental Hygiene Students Instruct Medical and Dental Students. J Dent Educ 2016; 80: 1062–1070.

  2. Simons D, Baker P, Jones B, Kidd E a. M, Beighton D. Dental health education: An evaluation of an oral health training programme for carers of the elderly in residential homes. Br Dent J 2000; 188: 206–210.

  3. León S, Araya-Bustos F, Ettinger RL, Giacaman RA. Geriatric dentistry content in the curriculum of the dental schools in Chile. Gerodontology 2016; 33: 373–379.

  4. Slack-Smith LM, Hearn L, Wilson DF, Wright F. Geriatric dentistry, teaching and future directions. Aust Dent J 2015; 60 Suppl 1: 125–130.

  5. Kitagawa N, Sato Y, Komabayashi T. Graduate and undergraduate geriatric dentistry education in a selected dental school in Japan. European Journal of Dental Education 2011; 15: 231–235.

  6. De Visschere L, Van Der Putten G-J, De Baat C, Schols J, Vanobbergen J. The impact of undergraduate geriatric dental education on the attitudes of recently graduated dentists towards institutionalised elderly people. European Journal of Dental Education 2009; 13: 154–161.

Guidelines/Toolkits/Checklists/Assessments tools

  1. Development of the Geriatric Oral Health Assessment Index.

  2. Evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of complete dentures. A publication of the American College of Prosthodontists.

  3. GC MI Treatment Plan (Handbook). issuu. (in particular chapter 6)

  4. Silver Wave SEA FA. 8+Silver+Wave+SEA+FA+(Secure).pdf

  5. Momoi Y, Hayashi M, Fujitani M et al. Clinical guidelines for treating caries in adults following a minimal intervention policy—Evidence and consensus based report. Journal of Dentistry 2012; 40: 95–105.

  6. Fiske J, Griffiths J, Jamieson R, Manger D. Guidelines for Oral Health Care for Long-stay Patients and Residents. Gerodontology 2000; 17: 55–64. 2358.2000.00055.x/abstract

  7. Oral Health Assessment of Older Adults: The Kayser-Jones Brief Oral Health Status Examination (BOHSE).

  8. Minimal Intervention Dentistry: Part 1. Strategies for Addressing the New Caries Challenge in Older Patients - 427.pdf.

  9. Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

  10. Mini mental state_a practical method for grading the cognitive state of patients for the clinician.pdf. al%20method%20for%20grading%20the%20cognitive%20state%20of%20patients%20for%20the%20clinician.pdf

  11. MNA_french.pdf.

  12. THE BARTHEL INDEX - barthel.pdf.


  14. Kihon Checklist.

  15. Satake S, Shimokata H, Senda K, Kondo I, Toba K. Validity of Total Kihon Checklist Score for Predicting the Incidence of 3-Year Dependency and Mortality in a Community-Dwelling Older Population. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2017. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2017.03.013. 

Policy Statements

  1. 2015:

  2. 2017: