Foreword from the Local Dental Networks
Dementia is a widely recognised and growing health issue for the National Health Service and will have an impact on many members of the public accessing primary dental care. As providers of primary dental care our practice teams will be required to respond to the needs of these patients and their carers. The population is now living longer and it is estimated that, by 2025, the number of people living with dementia in the UK will have increased to around 1 million. A significant number of these patients will also have complex medical and dental histories. Dementia is a complex condition, with no two cases progressing in the same manner. It profoundly affects a patient’s memory and their ability to communicate. This makes planning and organising dental care for people living with dementia more difficult. This dementia toolkit has been developed to assist the dental team in giving appropriate support to patients and carers living with dementia by raising awareness of the issues they are dealing with and the impact this disease has on their lives. The toolkit is also designed to offer guidance to service providers regarding timely treatment choices and preventive advice. Good oral health and the early intervention of our teams will help these patients lead fulfilled lives for as long as possible and reduce the number of difficult treatment episodes as the disease progresses. As Chairs of Cheshire and Merseyside Local Dental Networks, and on behalf of the LDN Steering Group, we would like to thank those individuals and teams who have contributed to the development of this toolkit.
The new Dementia Friendly Booklet can be found below.