Oral health care for the elderly population in Malaysia: A review of current status and future direction

Mas Suryalis Ahmad, Ishak Abdulazak, Gelsomina Lucia Borromeo

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Poor oral health status among the elderly population in Malaysia could be associated with various limitations in accessing oral health care services experienced by these individuals. This review discusses government policies and services available to support oral health needs of the elderly population in Malaysia. It also discusses the current status of oral health and dental treatment needs of this patient cohort, as well as the level of utilization of oral health care services. Recommendations to address the various issues are provided to serve as guidance to policy makers in formulating an effective plan aimed at improving the status of oral health and the services available for elderly individuals in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-526
Number of pages11
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • Elderly population
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Malaysia
  • Oral health

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