Oral health is an important but a frequently minimized part of overall health that significantly affects quality of life of older adults. Older adults, in particular those living in chronic care facilities, face a greater burden of oral disease because they have a greater burden of periodontal disease with subsequent tooth loss and edentulism. Dentition affects quality of life with regard to chewing function, nutritional status, and issues regarding denture availability and effectiveness. The speakers will describe the assessment for common signs of conditions in oral health care such as periodontal disease, dry mouth often associated with medications, and recognition of oral cancers. They will discuss preventive health, oral health maintenance, and treatment for common conditions. They will also provide an update on key findings in oral health of Kansans living in chronic care facilities and future goals for improving dental care and subsequent quality of life for those at risk.
Other sites may be added at the request of host facilities
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Registration fee: $25 per person
CE Contact Hours: 2 for CME, CNE, ACHA Resident, Social Work, and Certificate of Attendance
Support: This program is supported by funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration, under grant number D62HP06621, Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program, for $270,000. The information or content and conclusions presented in this program are those of the presenters and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the U.S. Government, DHHS, BHPR or the DN.
This program is also supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number UB4HP19192, Geriatric Education Centers, for $420,320. The information or content and conclusions are those of the presenters and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.
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