Special needs patients are one of the most underserved and at-risk populations in need of oral care. This population has poorer oral health outcomes, an increased prevalence of tooth decay and periodontal disease, increased secondary systemic conditions, and less access to preventive oral health services compared to the general population. Individuals with special needs face multiple challenges in accessing oral health services, including finding a dentist with the skills, knowledge, and comfort to manage their care.
Meeting this growing population's oral health care needs starts with acquiring sound knowledge and developing clinical competence at the predoctoral level.
Attendees will hear from four dental school leaders that have incorporated disability-specific content to ensure that students have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competence to provide quality, effective, and compassionate care to this patient population. More education and training translate to more future dentists with the skills to effectively treat these patients.
1. Learn from multiple dental school leaders how they are incorporating special needs populations into their dental student curriculum
2. Learn why clinical rotations are valuable to their learning as a dental leader
3. Explore ways to expose students to various practice models that cater to and/or incorporate patients who have special health care needs
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.