Adult Oral Health


This course addresses how adult oral health is impacted by factors such as disease, aging, medication, and substance use. Clinicians will review risk factors and etiologies of oral conditions, as well as appropriate treatment and referral procedures. This module also addresses effective oral disease prevention, dental care coordination for patients requiring antibiotic prophylaxis, and collaborative anticoagulation management in patients undergoing oral procedures.

Educational Objectives for the Adult Oral Health Course are:

  • Recognize adult caries and gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
  • Describe the oral effects of common medications, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
  • Identify factors, including chronic medical conditions, that influence oral health.
  • List indications for antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures.
  • Demonstrate understanding of dental procedure management in anticoagulated patients.
  • Identify and manage common oral lesions.

This course takes approximately one hour to complete. Each clinical case takes about 10 minutes.

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All authors involved in producing the content of this course have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Steering Committee Authors

  • Karlynn Sievers, M.D.
  • Wanda Gonsalves, M.D.

Dental Consultant

  • Lisa Emily Simon, D.M.D.
  • Rocio Quinonez, D.M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Smiles for Life Editor

  • Melinda Clark, M.D.

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Last Modified:
October, 2018

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