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: 19

Expected method of work

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


Oral Health in Older Adults_ A new knowledge Hub for Healthcare providers

Educational material regarding oral health in older adults: read more here: 

The SIG was initially established in 2016 as a T&F Group with the collaboration of the EuGMS and the European College of Gerodontology (ECG), and has published several documents on oral health promotion in older adults with interprofessional collaboration. Among them are a position statement on European Policy Recommendations on Oral Health in Older Adults (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15191), Practical Guidelines for Physicians in Promoting Oral Health in Frail Older Adults (, the Development of a European consensus from dentists, dental hygienists and physicians on a standard for oral health care in care-dependent older people based on an e-Delphi study (doi: 10.1111/ger.12501), and a textbook on “Gerodontology Essentials for Health Care Professionals” (2020) (ISBN 978-3-030-41468-9). The SIG has presented symposia at the EuGMS congresses (2018, 2021). It has also organised workshops in collaboration with the SIG Education & Training on “Geriatrics Education for dentists” and “Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics and Gerodontology” at the 30th annual congress of the European College of Gerodontology (2020). Future activities: Expand the collaboration with the SIG Education & Training for adding oral health topics in the European undergraduate Geriatrics curricula, participate in a European Cooperation in Science and Technology proposal in collaboration with the EuGMS Global Europe Initiative.

Way of communication among members

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

Planning of meetings

Every year at the EuGMS annual conferences

Next meeting at the 19th EuGMS International Congress, Helsinki September 20-22 - SIG Collateral Meeting - OPEN - SEPT 20th from 10.30am to 11.30am Helsinki TIME

18th EuGMS International Congress, London September 28-30 - SIG Collateral Meeting - PRIVATE - SEPT 29th from 07.00am to 08.00am UK TIME

EuGMS 2022 congress in London (September 28-30th, 2022).


November 2016