Patients with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, medical complexities, and advanced age should all have equitable access to oral disease prevention and care. This session will guide caregivers of those with special healthcare needs through the dental setting. Attendees will learn that there is a broad spectrum of ages, abilities and conditions to be considered. The speakers with recognize how to overcome barriers to oral health and hygiene at home for caregivers and share adaptive products to help promote independence. Speakers will recognize how to increase the likeliness of a successful dental office visit and highlight the value of teamwork: patients, parents, and caregivers. Karen Fallone is a faculty member at A.T. Still University and is a clinical instructor in in the Advanced Care Clinic. She received her AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY May of 1981. Her focus is educating Dental students and Dental Hygiene students in Dental hygiene with an emphasis on Special Needs patients and implemented the Special Needs Clinic at A.T. Still University. Dr. Brooke Fukuoka is a new dentist liaison to the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention. She has a career rooted in serving special needs populations and offers innovations on assisted oral hygiene and interprofessional care.
1. Understand the oral health needs across the lifespan
2. Recognize how to overcome barriers to oral health at home and at a dental visit
3. Explain the value of teamwork: patients, parents, and caregivers
The ADA designates this activity as 1 CE credit.
The ADA is a CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.