UBC Faculty of Dentistry was one of the first universities to document the distribution of oral health problems in long-term care facilities, and to explore ways for managing the problems. More recently researchers have been investigating preventive strategies for dental diseases ranging from antibacterial agents, education for care-aides.

Graduate students (MSc and PhD) as well as visiting scientists to UBC are using information gathered by the Geriatric Dentistry Program to learn more about the dental needs of this vulnerable segment of the population.