Lecture 1: Oral Medicine in the Geriatric Population
Oral pluripathologyin the elderly will be commonly encountered in our general practice with a trend towards an aging population. There are many contributing factors such as the natural aging process, systemic complexity involvement in these patients, metabolic changes, nutritional factors, prosthetic use, medications, psychobiological habits, tobacco and/or alcohol habits. Some of the commonly encountered oral conditions in this particular age group can include neoplasms, infections, immunological, hematological, and systemic disorders, leading to oral discomfort and pain. This lecture will share with all the telltale signs and symptoms of some of these oral conditions, the differential diagnoses, investigative works to be performed as well as management of these oral conditions.
Speaker: Dr Chelsia Sim, Consultant, Deptof Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, NDCS
Lecture 2: Dementia: Dental Difficulties and Mental Capacity
It is estimated up to 1 in 5 above 80 years of age will suffer from various degree of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's-related dementia. This complex condition presents not only with cooperative issues in dentistry, but also difficulties in accessibility, communication, emotional, cognitive, medical and legal aspects. Understanding each individual will enable the general dental practitioners to optimisemanagement of this diverse patient profile. This upcoming session will answer questions pertinent to oral health professionals serving the geriatric group including dementia and its relevance to dentists, mental capacity act as well as legal aspects we need to be aware of to facilitate dentistry for patients who cannot decide for themselves.
Speaker: Dr David Lim, Visiting Clinician, Department of Restorative Dentistry, (Geriatric Special Care Dentistry), NDCS