Dentistry in Long-Term Care Toolkit
The ADA's National Elder Care Advisory Committee invites you to expand your knowledge and comfort level in addressing the oral health needs of older adults, especially those residing within long-term care facilities. Dr. Greg Folse offers practical tips on providing care in these settings, while Dr. Paul Glassman provides information on how to access the tools described on this webpage, including participating in the Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success continuing education course.
Elderly Americans face the greatest barriers to dental care of any age group. Seniors -- especially those living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities -- often have special dental needs and complicated medical conditions. They are particularly at risk and suffer disproportionate rates and severity of dental disease, risking severe medical complications, increasing overall costs of their care, and generally diminishing their quality of life.
That is why the ADA is committed to helping dentists implement long-term care programs to improve the oral health of nursing home residents.
This toolkit, which is highly customizable, was designed as a template for promoting long-term care programs. The materials included were developed with ease of use in mind.
Long-Term Care Toolkit
Dentists are making a difference in your state. This customizable communications toolkit is part of a series from the American Dental Association to help you tell your story.
Since the ADA launched Action for Dental Health, state dental associations have embraced the program and found ways to advance it at the grassroots level, with nearly all states involved in at least one Action for Dental Health initiative in some capacity. With the foundation of the movement having been laid, there is much for you to publicly share regarding the great work your dentists are doing to help improve access to dental care.
This toolkit is highly customizable to a long-term care program in your state. The materials included were developed with ease of use in mind. They can be easily updated to reflect your unique approach and are formatted in a way that makes them ready for use with minimal adjustment.
In this toolkit, you will find the following long-term care program resources and templates: 1) Tools to Build Your Own Program, Dentistry in Long-Term Care
2) Tools to Promote Your Program
Tools to Build Your Own Program
Tools to Promote Your Program
Tools to Promote Your Program:
13. Talking Points
14. Success Stories Handout
15. Sample Op-ed
16. Media Interview Advisory Template
17. News Release Template
18. Social Media Guide
These tools will assist you in telling the story of how long-term care programs help underserved populations overcome barriers to receiving dental care.
For example, with these materials, you might consider:
: Personalizing and placing an op-ed with local print media about the importance long-term care programs play in removing barriers to care, authored by a local dentist or co-authored by the state dental association.
• News Release and Interview Advisory
: Leveraging the news release and interview advisory to generate media interest in long-term care program activities from print, TV and radio outlets, and guide them to examine the multiple barriers that keep people from the dentists addressed through the program.
• Success Stories Handouts
: Using the success stories handouts with media and potential partners as a leave behind to educate them of the need that exists and the barriers to dental care that can be overcome with long-term care programs.
We hope that you will find these materials useful and that they will assist in sparking continued conversation about the solutions dentists are advancing in each state to provide care now to those
who need it.
We appreciate your partnership and the steps you’ve taken to harness the Action for Dental Health program and turn it into a national movement. If you have questions on how to use this toolkit or questions about Action for Dental Health, please contact the ADA at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Dental Association hosted a webinar with valuable information about dentistry in long-term care facilities. Guest speakers included:
Dr. Roy Thompson, "Expansion Opportunities Walk in Your Office Door"
Dr. Leonard Brennan, "Providing Dental Care Over the Life Span"
Dr. Caroline Owens, "Maryland State Dental Association Turns a Small Grant Into Big Gains for Members"