Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines is the Faculty’s newest guidance book, produced in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society and other specialist organisations.
With the number of people living with dementia in the UK currently estimated at 850,000, primary care dental teams are encouraged to consider ways they can improve support and care for this growing patient group. Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines offers clear, evidence-based and practical information on a range of areas, 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.
“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.”
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