Tele-Dentistry Oral Care for Seniors (T-DOCS) Programme: Preventive Oral Care for Seniors
16 Nov 2022
Taking images of teeth and gums can be more life changing than we think, especially for vulnerable seniors.
We partnered with National Dental Centre Singapore to pilot the Tele-Dentistry Oral Care for Seniors (T-DOCS) programme. It is the first tele-dentistry programme in Singapore to provide preventive oral care for seniors who are homebound or living in nursing homes with mobility challenges. With the support from St. Andrew’s Community Hospital and Vanguard Healthcare, the T-DOCS programme is a new model of care to improve oral health among seniors through early detection and regular monitoring.
Under the programme, nurses are trained to provide oral health screenings with intra-oral imaging of seniors’ oral cavities and provide basic oral and denture hygiene care.