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NCCC proceedings available online

Conference examined the future of oral health for elderly, disabled

The proceedings and recommendations from the ADA’s National Coalition Consensus Conference: Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities, released in a Sept. 29 webinar, are available to watch by logging on to ada.org/nccc.

The ADA convened the conference of 150 representatives from dentistry, medicine, public health and advocacy organizations to begin an open discussion about the increasing numbers of vulnerable older adults and people with functional limitations and complex medical conditions who live in community settings and need oral health care.

Recommendations about delivery systems, financing, education, research and policy were discussed by several of the experts who spoke at the conference.
Highlights of conference recommendations include:

  • educating dentists and the nursing home industry about Incurred Medical Expense allowance in long-term care facilities;
  • developing financially viable models of care that bring services to places where vulnerable adults live and receive other services;
  • promoting widespread use of surveillance tools like the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Basic Screening Survey for Seniors.