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ADA Conference to Seek Oral Health Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults

People with disabilities also focus of national coalition conference

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CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2010 – The American Dental Association (ADA) is extending invitations to those concerned about the oral health of vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities to attend a national conference and help shape the future of oral health care for this underserved and growing population.

The national coalition conference titled, “Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities,” is set for Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

“We look upon this conference as the first step in building a consensus among a multi-disciplinary group of professionals in seeking solutions about oral health care for the vulnerable older adult and the disabled,” states Dr. Raymond F. Gist, ADA president-elect. “We are looking for attendees’ ideas, collaboration and support in helping frame the conference’s recommendations that could be used by many sectors, including educational institutions, professional organizations and policy makers.”

Who should attend?

Professionals concerned about oral health for vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities, including dentists and dental hygienists, geriatricians, nurses, oral health advocates, aging and disability advocates, long-term care providers, and policy makers and legislative staff, are encouraged to register for the conference. The registration fee is $150, with a deadline of October 22, 2010. Registration is limited to the first 150 respondents.

Challenging topics, format

Dental experts will present topics of critical importance in meeting the oral health needs of special populations, including collaboration between disciplines, oral health delivery systems, policy implications, medical dental considerations and coalition building. Responding to each presentation will be an expert from outside dentistry representing geriatric medicine, long-term care, aging advocacy, state health, and policymakers. Active audience participation will follow as attendees have the opportunity to provide input as they discuss the presentations.

“The conference is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of oral health care and improve the quality of life for vulnerable older adults and those with disabilities,” adds Dr. Gist. “We highly encourage those interested professionals to attend.”

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.