Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines enables dental professionals to understand dementia and its implications for dental practice, and adapt their patient management and clinical decisions accordingly. It is available:
“Dentists have a crucial role to play in the community for people with dementia. These guidelines are an important step to helping more people live well with their condition, and we hope that dentists across the UK will put them into practice.”
The number of people living with dementia in the UK is currently estimated at 850,000 - 5% of the population - and Dementia-Friendly Dentistry offers guidance on how to care for this signifiicant patient group, including:
- The epidemiology and diagnosis of dementia, and its implications for dental professionals.
- Principles of care management, including patient identification, competence and referrals, communication, consent and capacity.
- Clinical care, including history taking, treatment planning, care delivery and prescribing.
- Site-specific considerations for dental practices, care homes and domiciliary care.
The new book also signposts readers to local support, educational programmes and resources for patients, and contains over 50 recommendations for practitioners, categorised using the Faculty’s ‘ABC’ (Aspirational, Basic, Conditional) grading system.