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Gerodontology Essentials for Health Care Professionals

  • Anastassia Kossioni

Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Martin Schimmel, Samir Abou-Ayash
    Pages 17-48
  3. Gert-Jan van der Putten
    Pages 49-65
  4. Mirko Petrovic, Barbara Janssens
    Pages 67-86
  5. Vassiliki Anastassiadou
    Pages 87-100
  6. Dominique Niesten, Gerry McKenna
    Pages 101-112
  7. Frauke Müller, Leonardo Marchini
    Pages 113-129
  8. Barbara Janssens, Anastassia Kossioni
    Pages 131-173
  9. Regina Roller-Wirnsberger, Anastassia Kossioni
    Pages 175-184

About this book


This book provides basic knowledge and skills for non-dental healthcare practitioners, helping them recognize the importance of oral health, perform initial oral health assessments, consult dentists when necessary, and offer preventive advice and counseling. As people age, they tend to refrain from routine dental care, while the number of consultations with non-dental healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists etc.) increases. However, few healthcare providers are adequately trained to assess oral problems.

The relevance of this book is underscored by the recently published European policy recommendations on oral health in older adults by the European College of Gerodontology and the European Geriatric Medicine Society, which highlight the importance of the active involvement of non-dental primary care practitioners in oral health assessment and promotion. These two respected European Societies have identified a significant gap in education, practice and health policies and described the necessary action plans. This book helps to fill the educational gap identified in the recommendations and will be an invaluable tool for all healthcare providers working with older people.


Oral Health Promotion Gerodontology Geriatric Dentistry Oral Health Assessment Oral Health Prevention Primary Care Practitioners

Editors and affiliations

  • Anastassia Kossioni
    • 1
  1. 1.School of DentistryNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

About the editors

Dr Anastassia Kossioni is an Associate Professor of Gerodontology at the School of Dentistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She obtained her DDS and PhD from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, her MSc in Gerodontology from the University of London, and her Postgraduate Certificate in Open and Distance Learning from the Hellenic Open University. She has served in various Council positions at the European College of Gerodontology, in which she was appointed as President for 2019-2020; she is member of the Academic Board of the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) and founder and co-chair of the EuGMS Special Interest Group in Gerodontology. She has authored several publications including teaching guidelines for undergraduate Gerodontology education in Europe and recommendations for promoting oral health in older adults.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gerodontology Essentials for Health Care Professionals
  • Editors Anastassia Kossioni
  • Series Title Practical Issues in Geriatrics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Practical Issues in Geriatrics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-41467-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-41470-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-41468-9
  • Series ISSN 2509-6060
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-6079
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 97 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geriatrics/Gerontology
    General Practice / Family Medicine
    Occupational Therapy
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