Silver Wave


23 February 2019, Bangkok


Silver Wave Symposium - Thailand

23 Feb 2019, Lotus Suite 1-4, 22nd Floor, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok
Appropriate oral care in the elderly

With a rapidly aging population in Asia, and a high prevalence of chronic disease in the population over 65 years, there is a need to reconsider current approaches in delivering oral care to the elderly. The type of care they need is not shaped by chronological age alone but also by their health status, social circumstances, frailty and level of dependence.

The retention of healthy teeth in the elderly contributes to overall physical and mental health and quality of life. There are specific issues that need to be considered when providing dental care for older patients. The incidence of general disease is higher in this population, as is the amount of prescribed medication, these can complicate dental management by altering salivary flow, causing bleeding disorders and tissue overgrowth. Oral diseases are cumulative and become more complex to manage over time. In older individuals, conservative treatments should be considered first, as complex options such as implant-born structures could be more challenging to maintain as patients get older. In the natural course of ageing, individuals will transition from being robust (active and capable) to being frail (limited activity and capability) and finally being dependent (very limited activity and capability), the ability to cope with extensive treatment decreases with age and, in more severe cases, patients must be sedated for dental care. More importantly, effective care of the elderly, particularly the frail elderly, requires a team-based approach.

In this symposium, three international speakers will present a structured approach, to formulate a care plan for older individuals, composing of the following 3 steps: identify the issues and possible solutions, protect the dentition and patient, control disease and maintain oral and general health. They will also discuss the use of preventive and restorative materials and techniques in the elderly.

Learning objectives :

1. Be familiar with the impact of health status and level of dependency on treatment planning and treatment for older adults
2. Understand the holistic approach in care planning for older individuals
3. Understand the challenges in managing oral health for life
4. Be familiar with preventive and restorative considerations in elderly patients

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23 Feb 2019, Lotus Suite 1-4, 22nd Floor, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok


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Who’s Speaking

Silver Wave Symposium Speaking.


Prof. Finbarr Allen

is currently Dean,NUS Faculty of Dentistry and Chair of the University Dental Cluster, National University Hospital. He is a Professor in the disciplin of Operative, Rndodontics and Prosthodontics, and a Senior Consultant in the National University Hospital, Singapore


Prof. Hien Ngo

Is now Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE and Executive Director of the University Dental Hospital Sharjah. Focus in research revolves around the clinical management of caries, especially in the elderly and medically compromised patients


Prof. Ian Meyers

is ageneral dental practitioner in Brisbane Australia, and an honorany professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. He brings over thirty five years of combined experience in dental research, clinical dentistry, private practice, university clinics and hospital based dental clinics.