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SINGAPORE - The National University Centre for Oral Health Singapore (NUCOHS) has set up its first satellite specialist clinic at Alexandra Hospital (AH) to manage and treat dental issues of elderly patients with pre-existing or cognitive and other chronic conditions.
By joining forces with AH, which already has a programme that helps seniors with age-related cognitive, functional and mobility challenges, the specialist clinic makes it convenient for these senior patients to seek preventive and restorative dental treatment.
Basic non-surgical management and oral hygiene instruction, and minimally invasive procedures such as tooth decay management and extractions, will be provided to restore the oral health of elderly patients.
These are seniors who are not suitable to be seen by regular dentists because of existing medical conditions such as diabetes, dementia and cancer, which require special considerations and treatment plans.
It is a little known fact that oral disease in seniors can increase the risk and worsen the control of common conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said AH chief executive Jason Phua.