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American Dental Association Offers Online Education for Dentists in Long-Term Care

September 16, 2014

Contact Information:
Rhys Saunders

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

Nearly 1.3 million nursing home residents face the greatest challenges to accessing dental care of any group in America. Through Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement that aims to improve dental care for the underserved, the ADA plans to train at least 1,000 dentists to provide care in nursing homes by 2020.

“Dentistry in Long-term Care: Creating Pathways to Success” is an eight-module, self-paced online course that highlights long-term care delivery models, regulatory and legal compliance, creating and organizing an oral health program, working with complex patients, financial considerations in nursing homes, establishing an environment where effective daily mouth care occurs, and accessing scientific literature.  

Presenters are members of the ADA’s National Elder Care Advisory Committee. The course is worth 10 hours of continuing education credits at a cost of $475 for members and $650 for non-members. Dentists who register for the program can register up to three of their non-dentist team members at the price of $150 per person. 

Registration is available online.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 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 For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website