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Practical Oral Health Care and Promotion for Seniors

Senior couple

April 24, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

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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.

You Will Learn 

  • Combine clinical findings and recommendations with patients' values, ability and capacity, in order to develop individualized, comprehensive, sequenced treatment plans
  • Effectively present findings, alternatives, risks, benefits and treatment plans to patients, caregivers and other health providers as appropriate to gain consent
  • Modify ongoing treatment and prevention plans based on changed medical and life circumstances 
  • Make appropriate referrals and requests for consultation to dental and medical colleagues in order to manage patients' life-long oral health care
  • Identify common systemic conditions prevalent in aging and how these can create barriers to oral health and access to care
  • Use preventive strategies appropriate to the patients' needs, abilities and living situations to help patients and/or caregivers improve and maintain their oral health to the benefit of their general health and well being

Who Should Attend

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.

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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.