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Dental Health and Dementia: More than Forgetfulness


Maggie A. Misch-Haring, BS; Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


This course seeks to improve the dental care provider’s understanding of the interaction between periodontal disease, dental caries, and dementia. It will also serve as an aid in the clinical decision-making process to optimize dental healt...

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This course seeks to improve the dental care provider’s understanding of the interaction between periodontal disease, dental caries, and dementia. It will also serve as an aid in the clinical decision-making process to optimize dental health for patients with dementia and periodontal disease.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students

  • Date Course Online:

    May 1, 2019

  • Last Revision Date:

    Dec 15, 2022

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Dec 14, 2025

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  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    490, 730, 750

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the current scientific literature about the prevalence, etiology, and stages of dementia.
  • Recognize and discuss with patients the association of periodontal diseases and oral bacteria with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Develop and implement strategies for communication and delivery of oral hygiene and dental care to patients suffering with dementia.
  • Evaluate patients’ risk factors and oral hygiene to develop effective intervention and treatment modalities to reduce caries and periodontal disease rates.
  • Understand the utility of nonsurgical caries treatment (e.g., topical fluoride, silver diamine fluoride, etc.) in patients with moderate to advanced dementia.
  • Deliver instructions to primary care providers for patients with moderate to advanced dementia to increase compliance with oral home care and decrease care resistant behaviors.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Geisinger has been or is currently a co-investigator and/or principal investigator on research funded entirely or in part by The Proctor & Gamble Company. All funds were used for research endeavors and not for personal gain. Dr. Geisinger has not accepted any payment from for participation in this continuing education course.
  • Ms. Misch reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Maggie A. Misch

Maggie A. Misch-Haring


Dr. Maggie Misch-Haring is a practicing periodontist at Misch Implant Dentistry in Sarasota, Florida. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019, graduating Omicron Kappa Upsilon an...

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Maria L. Geisinger

Maria L. Geisinger


Submission Information

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Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.

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8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027

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Procter & Gamble is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHPGC (January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit.