UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program



The Geriatric Dentistry Program started in 2002 as a joint venture between Providence Health Care and the UBC Faculty of Dentistry. The program now offers services to the residential care populations of several other hospitals. In addition to dental service, the program is also committed to education and research. The model of care is based on fee-for-service delivery of dental care, although education and research are also mandated as outlined in the ELDERS manual “Oral Health Care for persons in residential care”.


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Government / Department:

Ministry of Health



Residents of the five Providence intermediate and extended care hospitals. In 2003, the program was expanded to serve additional facilities within the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.



The goal of the program is to provide access to comprehensive dental services, which include an annual oral health assessment, and treatment as needed by dentists, dental hygienists, and dental specialists.

Mobile dental equipment is used to provide exams and basic dental care at bedside. More complex treatment is provided at clinics within the hospitals, the UBC Dental Clinic, and the operating room at Mount St. Joseph Hospital.

The dental clinics within Brock Fahrni and Langara hospitals have significantly improved the accessibility of dental services for residents, and the productivity and efficiency of the dental team. The presence of a dental clinic heightens the hospital staff’s awareness of the importance of oral health, and specifically the provision of daily oral hygiene.

Services approximately 2500 residents in 21 long-term care facilities.



Dentists, Dental hygienists


Therapeutic Responsibility:

Dentists, Dental hygienists





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