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Dr Juliet Gray

NZDA24 Juliet Gray

Juliet graduated BDS from the University of Otago in 1991 and completed her specialist training in London at the Eastman Dental Institute and the University College Hospital.

In 2004, she returned to New Zealand as a Special Care Dentistry specialist at Christchurch Hospital Dental Service.

She is also a professional advisor for the Dental Council New Zealand. Juliet is always seeking practical solutions and to support people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve and maintain good oral health.

Dentist Programme

A practical framework for planning and providing dental care for our high needs adult population

The New Zealand population is more diverse, growing older, living with multiple chronic illnesses and anticipating retaining their dentition for life. This creates challenges for oral health practitioners tasked with providing safe and appropriate dental care. In this talk a practical framework for approaching this paradigm will be shared. It will include planning concepts, staging and prioritising care and a clinical update on the techniques and materials available to support good oral health in all stages of life.

Oral Health Therapist, Dental Therapist & Hygienist Programme

What Matters Most in Oral Health for Older Adults

Maintaining good oral health in older adults can be challenging. Physical and cognitive changes as we age increase our risk of oral disease. This is further complicated by a multitude of barriers to accessing oral assessment and treatment. We will explore these issues using a case-based example, describe a New Zealand research project with an alternative care delivery model and share our perspectives on what matters most in oral health care for older adults.