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Dentistry in Long-term Care: Creating Pathways to Success Course

Currently, more than 1 million nursing home residents face the greatest barriers to accessign dental care of any populations group. As our society experiences a phenomenal growth in our oldest members, the principles of dental health are becoming increasingly relevant for members of the dental team, medical team, health educators, social workers and others. 

Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success is an online, self-paced course for dentists, dental hygienists and other health professionals interested in caring for individuals in long-term care (LTC) organizations. The course is designed to help oral health professionals become more comfortable providing oral health care in long-term care organizations, and allow them to create successful oral health delivery programs within these environments.  

The course was developed by the American Dental Association (ADA)  in collaboration with the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. 

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Upon completion of training, professionals will be able to:

  • Discuss the implications of society's aging population on oral health demands
  • Describe ways to improve the dental health of vulnerable and elderly residents in long-term care settings
  • Describe ways in which learners could effectively collaborate with long-term care staff        
  • Describe individual settings encompassed within the long-term care umbrella, and who is served within these settings. 

Within the online didactic curriculum, there are eight learning modules in total, each including its own self-assessment quiz. Successful completion of this course will allow the participant to receive ten continuing education credits. All modules are presented by oral health field experts, and cover a variety of topics including: 

  1. Introduction and Overview to Long-Term Care Organizations
  2. How are Long-term Care Facilities Organized and Who Works there?
  3. Getting Involved: Choosing A Deliver Model That Works for You
  4. Regulatory and Legal Compliance within Long-Term Care Organizations
  5. Creating and Organizing an Oral Health Program
  6. Working with Patients with Complex Needs
  7. Financial Considerations in Long-Term Care Settings   
  8. Establishing a Successful Environment for Daily Mouth Care





Course Components

Each module presents information in the following format:

  1.  Presenter name, module description, and learning objectives
  2. A PowerPoint presentation with audio clips and presenter notes for each slide. To see an example of a presentation, click here. 
  3. A "self-assessment quiz" for each module. The quizzes are set up as learning experiences, and are for you to use as a study tool. A score of 75% must be earned on the cumulative test in order to receive CE credit. Participants will be allowed to take the test two times to achieve the needed score.  
  4. Additional material such as handouts, links to websites, or other resources pertaining to the module for expanded learning on the topics.

Registration

To register for this online course, please click on the link below: 

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Learn More

To download a copy of the course brochure, please click here.

For more information, please contact:

Pacific Center for Special Care 
415.847-2224
ps_events@pacific.edu (Please reference "ADA course" in your email subject line)  

For more information about ADA's Action for Dental Health Coalition, please contact: 

Barbara J. Smith, Ph.D., RDH, MPH 
Manager, Geriatric and Special Needs Populations
312.440.2697 
smithb@ada.org

The continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Association (ADA) and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.