ORANGEHealth.NL creates action in research, public oral health and innovative applied prevention.
A large percentage of the Dutch population (80%) regularly visits an oral healthcare professional. Oral healthcare professionals have shown tremendous success in moving from treatment to prevention of oral diseases and monitoring oral health; complete tooth loss is now prevalent in less than 10% of the population. The teeth, tongue, saliva and surrounding tissues form an easy access route to non-invasively survey oral and –potentially- general health.
However the alignment with other care providers such as general practitioners, care givers, pharmacists depends on incidental personal interactions rather than an embedded system. ORANGEHealth aims to organize these interactions and develop technology to facilitate exchange of information for the benefit of patients.
By connecting oral and general health more clarity will be shown between oral and systemic diseases. This will not only benefit consumers but will also provide valuable input for future research and innovation. ORANGEHealth expects important steps forward in oral and general health of citizens and specific groups such as children, older people, people with medical problems and socio-economically disadvantaged groups. ORANGEFORCE is the kick-start project of the ORANGEHealth consortium. It focuses in particular on Oral and general health for older people’s care.