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Unmet needs

Adults :: Dental health in adults :: Unmet needs

Although oral health of adults in Kent and Medway has improved, services are needed for those with active tooth decay and older adults with severe gum disease. Additionally, dental access rates are variable across Kent and Medway. Further capacity is needed in some areas, and action is needed to promote equitable access to dental services.

The changing patterns of dental disease distribution, with older adults experiencing more disease compared to younger adults, means the need for services that are appropriate for complex dental need in those who are likely to be medically compromised and unable to leave their homes because of immobility. Young adults will need prevention services in order to maintain their level of oral health. There is therefore a need to develop specialist or special care dental services in the community setting.