Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the demographics of older adults.
  • List the oral risk factors for dental disease typically impacting older adults.
  • Summarize the communication skills required for working with older adults.
  • Outline other risk factors for oral disease in older adults.
  • Discuss the primary causes of xerostomia in older adults.
  • Identify clinical findings in older adults that are likely to require attention in the course of their clinical care.
  • Describe possible modifications to customary prevention approaches that may be of importance in the older patient.
  • Explain the in-office maintenance techniques for intraoral prostheses.
  • Discuss the appropriate home-care techniques for oral prostheses.