The Dental Priority Groups Strategy sets out the means by which the 2005 Dental Action Plan commitment to preventive programmes for adults vulnerable to oral diseases, is to be achieved.
Preventing oral diseases helps keep treatment simple, prevents pain and suffering and helps people to stay healthy.This is particularly important for adults who may be more vulnerable to oral disease due to their circumstances.
The new core national preventive programme Smile, will encourage and support toothbrushing and
preventive care across key priority groups: frail older people, those with sepcial care needs and homeless people.
The programmes set out a care programme based on key principles of good care which are applicable to across the groups. These include; needs assessment, evidence-based prevention of oral disease, accessible information,staff training and appropriate services.
There will be additional elements to the basic programme which address the specific needs of each of the priority groups.