Oral Health Considerations for Geriatric Patients

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Express ways to utilize preventative planning techniques for patients approaching their senior years.
  • Explain the responsibilities and duties of long-term care facilities related to daily oral care and maintenance.
  • Evaluate traditional care-planning modifications as they pertain to the function and dietary needs of older individuals.
  • Discuss dexterity concerns typically found in older patients and list modifications that may be appropriate.
  • List factors that may call for prioritizing dental needs differently than for younger, healthier patients.
  • Name common misconceptions about tooth retention, loss and geriatric oral health.
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