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ADA Offers Online Education for Dentists who Treat Nursing Home Residents

July 14, 2015

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CHICAGO — The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering online training for dentists interested in providing care for nursing home residents.

Nearly 1.4 million nursing home residents face the greatest challenges to accessing dental care of any group in the nation. At the same time, the elderly population of America continues to grow, and the number of people ages 65 and older is expected to nearly double by 2050.

Through the ADA’s online continuing education course, “Dentistry in Long-term Care: Creating Pathways to Success,” dentists are able to expand their practices to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers. The course provides strategies to work with challenging medical and cognitive conditions, getting access to patients, useful equipment and supplies, and information about caring for elderly people.

For a limited time, the 10-hour course is being offered to ADA members for $250. Non-members can register for $650. Dentists who register for the program can register up to three of their non-dentist team members at the reduced tuition of $150 per person. Team members must register at the same time as the dentist to take advantage of the reduced tuition.

Registration is available online.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 159,000 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 ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org