From Policy to Chairside: Improving Oral Healthcare of the Aging Population

2022 Symposium

Friday, August 26, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST
6.0 Continuing Education (CE) Hours

Register Today! In-person registration deadline is Friday, August 19th.

Hybrid event held at the ADA Headquarters, Chicago, IL and live streaming via Zoom

When it comes to treating the older adult population, there are vast considerations to keep in mind. From public policy perspectives to impactful chairside application of treatment modalities, this symposium will engage attendees on a number of fronts. This event will reach dental professionals across various experience, interest, and practice environments for an opportunity to engage in a common purpose to serve this unique segment of patients.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this symposium, attendees should be able to:

  1. Discuss and inform healthcare colleagues how the dental profession is preparing to treat the growing population of older adults.
  2. Identify the correlation between oral health and systemic disease.
  3. Describe how various issues create barriers to access to dental care for older Americans.

Timed Agenda (All times are Central Daylight Time)

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Aging Successfully: Preparing dentists to provide oral health for prime of life patients

Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, MPP
Professor and Founding Dean, College of Dental Medicine, and Vice Provost, Oral Health Affairs, Kansas City University

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Oral Health In America: Advances and Challenges for Older Adults

CAPT Renee Joskow, DDS, MPH, US Public Health Service, NIH/NIDCR
Senior Advisor to the NIDCR Director, Acting Director, Office of Science Policy and Analysis

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Oral Health - An Essential Element of Healthy Aging

Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, FGSA
Professor, Director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, University of Minnesota, Chair, Oral Health Workgroup, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Eric Wahlstrom, MPH
Senior Project Manager, Discern Health

11:15 AM - 11:35AM

Results from the Oral Health Care Practice Patterns for Geriatric Patients: An American Dental Association Clinical Evaluators Panel Survey

Satheesh Elangovan BDS, DSc, DMSc
Professor of Periodontics, University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Pharmacy 

11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
Question and Answer Session

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Role of Oral Medicine Practitioners in the Oral Healthcare Team

Joel Napenas, DDS
Director, Oral Medicine Residency Training Program, Dept. of Oral Medicine, Atrium Health, NC

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Delivery of Care in Non-traditional Settings

Richard Dest, DDS
CEO and Founder, Senior Dental Care

Lyubov Slashcheva, DDS, MS, FABSCD, DABDPH, FICD
Research Team Lead, Apple Tree Dental (based in Mounds View, MN)

Michael Reed, DDS, FAGD, FASGD, Diplomate ABSCD
Director, Mobile Dental Care

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM

2:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Treatment Planning, Interdisciplinary Communication, and Ethical Considerations

Susan Hyde, DDS, MPH, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Preventive & Restorative Dental Science School of Dentistry, UCSF

Karen Raju, BDS, MPH, DPH-C
Associate Specialist, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF

Christie-Michele Hogue, DDS, AGSF
Founder and CEO Mouth Mirrors, LLC

Carlos Smith, DDS, M.Div
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director of Ethics Curriculum, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Question and Answer Session

Availability of Event Recording

The symposium is being recorded for the purposes of creating an on-demand course on ADA CE Online. We anticipate this course will be available by Dec 2022.

Event Contact
Please contact Felicia Bloom at with any questions regarding this event.