Dental Health: Older People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for dental health of an ageing population.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The national Adult Dental Health Survey is carried out every decade and provides the only source of essential evidence on adult oral health status, oral health inequalities, oral health related quality of life and oral health behaviours in England. The last survey results from 2009 is available to view here:

http://content.digital.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalsurveyfullreport09

In 2016, Public Health England published, ‘What is Known About the Oral Health of Older People in England and Wales: A review of oral health surveys of older people’. This summarises what is already known about the current and future oral health needs of older people in England and Wales. The report can be viewed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489756/What_is_known_about_the_oral_health_of_older_people.pdf

A survey of mildly dependent older people was undertaken in England in 2015-16, and results of this will be published in the summer.

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