Treating the Older Adult Dental Patient

This course will provide current demographic and epidemiologic information about the population of older adults, as well as conditions these patients experience and implications for dental care.

Speaker: Sheri Lukes RDH, MS, FAADH

Subject: 750 Special Patient Care

Credits: 1

Tuesday, May 19: 7:30–8:30 p.m. CDT

Audience: Dentists

Fee: Free

Registration for this session closes at 5:00 pm CT on the day of the event.
 
Description

As the U.S. population ages, an increasing number of older adult patients are retaining their natural teeth and presenting for care in our dental offices. Because this special population has many medical and oral health issues, dental professionals must stay abreast of conditions and pathologies these patients experience to provide the best care possible. This course will provide current demographic and epidemiologic information about the population of older adults, as well as conditions these patients experience and implications for dental care. Examples of pathologies from the presenter’s personal collection of images taken at senior adult oral cancer screening events will be presented, and oral hygiene techniques for both dentate and edentulous patients will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize key trends in the demographics of the aging population as well as common oral conditions and pathologies and systemic diseases experienced by this population.
  • Learn additional assessment procedures required for treating older adult patients.
  • Compare and contrast age-related and pathology-induced systemic changes and disorders in older adults.
  • Learn various oral hygiene techniques for the dentate and edentulous older adult patient.

This course is sponsored by Crest.