Geriatric Dentistry: Providing Care for an Aging Population

29.95
Online
Elective
About the Course: 
The purpose of this course is to help all dental professionals gain an appreciation for the significant opportunities the aging population will bring to their practices, along with the challenges. This course will provide dental professionals with basic knowledge and information in gerontology and geriatric dentistry that will enhance their ability to diagnose and manage older patients who have been affected by age-dependent or age-associated changes. The target audience for this basic-level course will be dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants of all ages and experience levels. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
1. Describe the demographic characteristics of older adults in the United States. 
2. Identify the normal biological changes associated with aging. 
3. Explain the normal oral changes associated with aging. 
4. Describe the incidence of xerostomia and dental caries in older adults. 
5. Identify the oral-systemic links in the older adult population. 
6. Describe oral health considerations for the institutionalized older adult. 
7. Describe access to care and utilization patterns of older adults.. 

About the Author
Pamela Stein, DMD, MPH, received her DMD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990 and her master of public health degree from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2009. She practiced dentistry for 13 years as the attending dentist at two nursing home facilities. In 2003, Dr. Stein was appointed as a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry. She is currently an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she teaches geriatric dentistry and public health dentistry. Dr. Stein has served as the geriatric oral health consultant to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. She has received funding to investigate sustainable ways to improve the oral hygiene of nursing home residents and has created an oral care curriculum for caregivers of older adults. She has authored several manuscripts and presented nationally on the importance of oral health for older adults. Her other research interests include investigating potential linkages between oral disease and risk of dementia. Findings from her research have been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Annals of Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 AGD code - 752
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Geriatric Dentistry: Providing Care for an Aging Population

29.95
About the Course: 
The purpose of this course is to help all dental professionals gain an appreciation for the significant opportunities the aging population will bring to their practices, along with the challenges. This course will provide dental professionals with basic knowledge and information in gerontology and geriatric dentistry that will enhance their ability to diagnose and manage older patients who have been affected by age-dependent or age-associated changes. The target audience for this basic-level course will be dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants of all ages and experience levels. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
1. Describe the demographic characteristics of older adults in the United States. 
2. Identify the normal biological changes associated with aging. 
3. Explain the normal oral changes associated with aging. 
4. Describe the incidence of xerostomia and dental caries in older adults. 
5. Identify the oral-systemic links in the older adult population. 
6. Describe oral health considerations for the institutionalized older adult. 
7. Describe access to care and utilization patterns of older adults.. 

About the Author
Pamela Stein, DMD, MPH, received her DMD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990 and her master of public health degree from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2009. She practiced dentistry for 13 years as the attending dentist at two nursing home facilities. In 2003, Dr. Stein was appointed as a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry. She is currently an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she teaches geriatric dentistry and public health dentistry. Dr. Stein has served as the geriatric oral health consultant to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. She has received funding to investigate sustainable ways to improve the oral hygiene of nursing home residents and has created an oral care curriculum for caregivers of older adults. She has authored several manuscripts and presented nationally on the importance of oral health for older adults. Her other research interests include investigating potential linkages between oral disease and risk of dementia. Findings from her research have been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Annals of Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 AGD code - 752