Plenary Speaker for Dental Conferences - Alexander Schembri

Title: Oral health and dental treatment for people with dementia

Alexander Schembri

University of Malta, Malta

Biography

Graduated in 1989 Bachelor of Dental Surgery,post graduate diploma in Gerodontology and Geriatrics in 1993 and Masters in Gerodontology and Geriatrics in 2003 from the University of Malta .Inducted fellow of FICD in 2016.Founder member of the Maltese Association of Geriatrics and Gerodontology.Past president of the European College of Gerodontology ECG 2016/17.Visiting lecturer at University of Malta for past 5 years being responsible for the teaching of Gerodontology.

Abstract

People with dementia may no longer have or will reach a stage when they no longer have the ability to voice their needs for oral care and treatment, carry out daily oral hygiene to a level that prevents disease, make informed choice and give valid consent for treatment. This may have a negative effect on the oral health of the individual and on the quality of life. Thus to contribute to maintain an acceptable quality of life of persons with dementia, the dental team has the specific role to keep them free of oral infections, restore their dentition so they can enjoy eating, maintain speech and aesthetics as long as possible.)