Achieving and maintaining good oral health in older patients requires clinicians to manage the oral-systemic connection and often involves collaboration with other medical professionals. Practitioners, patients and families must know the implications of common chronic diseases and conditions on oral health and dental care, especially for elders with complex needs. Knowledge of the diverse barriers to oral health care and strategies to achieve good oral health is essential for the practitioner. This course will focus on common practical solutions and the clinical aspects of providing the comprehensive oral health care needed to maintain good oral health while aging.
All members of the dental team are encouraged to attend this informative program.
Tuition: $75 (includes light sandwich supper)
Program: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Check-in: 5:30 pm
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco
Credits: This activity is designated for 3 units of continuing education credit.
Elisa M. Chávez, DDS, is an associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice at Pacific. She is a graduate of University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry and completed a fellowship in geriatric dentistry at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She developed and currently directs Pacific's extramural clinical rotations in geriatric dentistry at On Lok Lifeways and Laguna Honda Hospital, both in San Francisco.
Christine E. Miller, RDH, MA, MHS, is an associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice at Pacific, and co-founded and co-developed the school's Special Needs Clinic and the Pacific Center for Special Care. She served as president of the Academy of Dentistry for People with Disabilities, now the Special Care Dentistry Association, and is the co-creator and author of Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health, a prevention and training program designed for caregivers of elders and people with disabilities.