Emerging Models of Dental Practice Aim at Addressing Needs of the Aged

Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2017 Oct;38(9):606-610; quiz 613.


Currently, about 46 million seniors, citizens over the age of 65, live in the United States. That number is expected to roughly double to more than 98 million by 2060, an increase from the current 15% of the population to 24%. Seniors are living longer and, due to advances in dental care and access to fluoridated water, keeping more of their teeth. As a result, many will be seeking to access services through a dental care delivery system that is already struggling to meet existing need. This article will describe emerging oral health workforce models, as well as interprofessional team approaches, that may help improve access to the growing population of senior citizens. The article will include discussions on dental therapists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, and physician assistants.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Curriculum
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Dental Care for Aged / trends*
  • Education, Dental
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Oral Health
  • Patient Care Team
  • United States