Summary

Key messages to take away from this course:

  • Geriatric population is growing with increasing oral needs
  • Quality of life and chronic disease management of elders are improved with attention to oral health
  • Chronic systemic disease increases the burden of oral disease; the reverse is also true
  • Elders in hospitals and nursing facilities receiving oral preventive care have a lower incidence of pneumonia
  • Perform routine comprehensive oral assessments on every adult
    • Dentures or prostheses should be removed during exams to check soft tissue and teeth
    • Primary care clinicians should counsel on oral preventive measures, including regular dental visits
  • Medications with negative oral consequences should be monitored and minimized when possible
  • Effective primary care-dental collaboration is vital to successful outcomes
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