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.