The condition of the oral cavity can impact the overall health and well-being of an individual. Oral health is generally considered poor among residents of long-term care facilities. This session will discuss how oral health and general health are connected and how prescribed medications can have a direct effect on the oral cavity. Basic oral evaluation will be reviewed, as well as when a patient should be referred to a dentist. Attendees will understand the importance of having a clean and healthy mouth in order to optimize the overall well-being of an individual.
Describe the importance of oral health in older adults.
Recognize the relationship between oral health and general health.
Explain the impact of medications on the mouth.
Identify when to refer patients to dental practitioners.