Oral health assessment and promotion in older adults by health-care providers

Leader: Anastassia Kossioni Frauke Muller


To promote oral health policies for older Europeans; provide best practice guidelines and strategies for oral health prevention, promotion and treatment; support educational activities in Gerodontology for health care providers; foster research in the area of Gerodontology; support interprofessional collaborative practice in oral care for the older people; collaborate with other SIGS and health/ scientific organisations in the areas of oral health research, practice and education.

Relevance for the purposes of the EuGMS

The aims are in accordance to the mission of EuGMS to supporting health prevention, promotion and evidence-based practice strategies for older adults, oral health education to non-dental health care providers and interdisciplinary management of the older individuals.

Chairpersons/contact coordinates

Anastassia Kossioni, Professor in Gerodontology, Dental School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2 Thivon str., Athens 11527, Greece

Frauke Müller, Professor and Head at the Department of Gerodontology and Removable Prosthodontic, Dental School, University of Geneva, CMU 1 rue Michel-Servet, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland

Group Members

N° of members: 15

Expected method of work

Collaboration with other EuGMS SIGs and Scientific/health Societies/Organizations; publication of manuscripts; presentations at congresses/workshops.

First expected outcome and approximate date of completion

The already established in 2016 T&F Gerodontology with the collaboration of the EuGMS and the European College of Gerodontology has already published one position statement on geriatric oral health in JAGS, one invited Editorial in EGM and practice recommendations for non-dental healthcare providers in JAMDA. Moreover, it has organised a Gerodontology symposium at the 2018 EuGMS conference. Future activities: Collaboration with the SIG Education & Training for adding oral health topics in the European undergraduate Geriatrics curricula and adding Gerodontology topics in the European Geriatrics Education Survey.
Furthermore, a Delphi project is ongoing on to define a standard of oral health care for dependent elders. Approximate date of completion: September 2019.

Way of communication among members

Electronic communication, face-to–face meetings at EuGMS and other conferences

Planning of meetings

Every year at the EuGMS annual conferences

Next Meeting 16th EuGMS International Congress, Athens October 7-9



November 2016