3D Dentomed – Mobile dental health units for elderly who are unable to visit the dentist

3D Dentomed is a Swedish company that works with mobile dental care for the elderly and the disabled in a very innovative way. They move their mobile clinics between different nursing homes to enable the treatment of all elderly, not only the ones that are mobile enough to go to the dentist’s office. The mobile clinic is fully equipped with proper dental chair and x-ray, which enables offering all the treatments that a normal dental visit would offer. The mobile unit and its equipment was developed by the Karolinska Institute department for Oral Diagnostics as a compensation for abandoned hospital clinics and reduced staffing at nursing homes.

The mobile unit is normally placed in a nursing home during a period of 3 to 5 weeks but the unit can also be sent to the elderly’s home. Bedridden patients can even receive their treatment in bed. Routines of hygiene in the mobile unit are the same as in a stationary clinic.

Dentomed is the only company in its field to date that has succeeded in outreach mobile dental care on a continuous basis. The founder of the company, Anne von Hofsten, is a dental hygienist and had identified a real need for better dental health among elderly. Due to the medication elderly often take; such as beta-blockers and cardiac drugs, they often suffer from having a dry mouth, which can cause severe problems. Dentomed has operations in eight county councils in Sweden and have approximately 50.000 patients and 45 employees. Due to the success of the concept, they are now expanding internationally.

I believe this concept comes in handy in today’s struggle towards a more patient-centered care. Furthermore, dental care is a very important issue, which is too often overlooked. 

Source: http://www.dentomed.se


About Stéphanie Treschow

I work as Country Manager for ACCESS Health International, Sweden. I have a background in Banking and hold a Master of Science in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics. I have previously worked as Equity Sales Analyst at Citigroup in London where I advised global institutional clients on global equities. Prior to that, I have pursued several internships for global institutional banks in New York, London and Stockholm. I have also worked with the private charitable foundation, The World We Want, in identifying and evaluating projects aimed at poverty alleviation and solutions to environmental degradation.

2 responses to “3D Dentomed – Mobile dental health units for elderly who are unable to visit the dentist”

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    • Stéphanie Treschow says :

      Dear Monique,
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