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Current Concepts in Clinical Geriatrics for the Dental Team – The University of Florida
September 23, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM$399
The rapid growth of our older population now presents dental professionals with new challenges in clinical care. Older adults commonly appear with complex chronic medical conditions, medication regimens, functional limitations, and a variety of unique oral health needs that require new and creative approaches in the dental office. The purpose of this course is to increase participants’ skills in recognizing these special concerns and provide practical strategies to manage them.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize common medical issues and risk factors in the care of older adults and describe current approaches to manage them.
- Reduce the risk of adverse drug events in older patients related to dental and non-dental drugs.
- Identify special patient management concerns related to accessibility, comfort and communication for older patients and describe ways to manage them in the dental office.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of various types of dementia.
- Identify and discuss potential oral health consequences of dementia.
- Describe practical treatment planning and patient management strategies for dementia patients.
- Identify trends and risk factors for caries in older adults.
- Describe ways to improve diagnosis and restoration of root caries.
- Describe and discuss effective strategies to control and prevent caries in older adults.
- Develop appropriate preventive plans based on patient and caregiver capacity.