BSG Webinar December 2020 – Learning Objectives & Speaker Notes

Dementia and Oral health

Learning objectives:

  • Outline the types of dementia.
  • Discuss the oral risk factors for patients with dementia and considerations for management including relevant legislation.
  • Discuss the dental management of patients with dementia, including with Sedation and General Anaesthetic.
  • Recognise the impact of dementia on patient access to dental care
  • To explain the impact that Covid-19 has had on this access.


Brooke Zaidman

Brooke graduated with Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and worked in hospital and community adult and paediatric dental units prior to commencing specialty training in Special Care Dentistry, in 2016. In 2019 she became a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry and works as a Senior Dental Officer in the Community Dental Service in Dorset, on the south coast of England. As part of her specialty training, she studied at Kings College, London for a Master of Science degree in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry.Brooke’s interests in Special Care Dentistry include Gerodontology and Domiciliary dental care.

Adele Cunningham

Specialist in Special Care Dentistry , University Dental Hospital, Cardiff.


Domiciliary Oral Care during the Covid -19 pandemic


  1. Look at the Impact of Covid 19 on Domiciliary Oral Care Provision in the UK
  2. Consider Safety for all when Planning Domiciliary Dental Care
  3. Recommend Pathways of Care for Older Patients Confined to Home

Debbie Lewis

Works as a specialist in special care dentistry in Dorset, where she developed and is still providing a special care dental service for adults with disabilities and additional needs. This includes a conscious sedation, general anaesthetic and domiciliary care service. She is past president of the British Society of Gerodontology and the British Society of Disability and Oral Health and on the editorial board of the Journal of Disability and Oral Health. She is responsible for organising special care training in Dorset and is the Training Programme Director for the South and an educational and clinical supervisor for specialty training. She is also involved in mentoring dentists and other members of the dental team in conscious sedation. She is a member of the SAC for Special Care Dentistry. She also enjoys cycling and watching her sons play cricket.


Dental nurse domiciliary assessment

This talk will outline how the Sheffield Community Dental Service developed a protocol for dental nurses to provide domiciliary assessments for newly referred older adults

Japarsh Gill

Japarsh graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and completed her foundation year in Chester. She then continued to complete her first Dental Core Trainee (DCT) job at Liverpool University Dental Hospital, working across multiple specialties. She progressed to her second DCT job working in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Hull Royal Infirmary. For the following two years she worked as a part time dental associate and part time dental officer, before beginning her StR training in Special Care Dentistry in 2018. She is now in her 3rd year of training.


Oral Healthcare for ventilated patients


  1. To understand the importance of caring for the whole mouth during a prolonged stay in ICU.
  2. Recognising the challenges of delivering effective mouthcare in ICU
  3. To ensure mouthcare is available at any stage in life

Loraine Macintyre (Lee)

Loraine is a registered dental nurse who is currently the Mouthcare Matters Lead at East Surrey Hospital and is responsible for ensuring that high standards of oral care are delivered to patients through successful regular training of staff. During the recent Covid 19 pandemic she was redeployed to ICU for thirteen weeks to work alongside other medical and nursing professions. In the  fast flowing crisis situation, she was able to learn new skills and  adapt her dental nursing experience to cope with  the challenges and strains that the hospital encountered during this time and used her dental knowledge to advise and support staff on all aspects of oral care.