You’re not getting older, you’re getting BETTER: treating the older adult dental patient

As the US population ages, more and more older adult patients are retaining their natural teeth and presenting for care in our dental offices. Because this special population has many medical and dental issues, dental professionals must stay abreast of conditions/pathologies these patients experience, to provide the best care possible. This course contains current information about conditions experienced by this population and their implications for dental care. Examples of pathology from Ms. Lukes’ personal collection of images exposed at senior adult oral cancer screening events are included and oral hygiene techniques for both dentate and non-dentate patients will be discussed. This course can be adapted to concentrate on aging complexities and the oral health connection of women, specifically, titled Female older adult aging complexities: What’s the oral health connection?