Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dementia and the Dental Patient: Dementia Training for Dental Professionals
by Gorman, Debra L. Johnson, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 86; 10265551
Abstract (Summary)

Although the population of adults age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is growing exponentially, many dental professionals are not adequately prepared to work with these special needs patients in the clinical setting. The purpose of this project was to develop a training for dental professionals including basics about dementia, and communication and behavioral management. Personal oral hygiene, often lacking in a person with dementia, contributes to periodontal inflammation and oral infection that may be linked to potentially, life-threatening diseases, including cardiovascular disease, and aspiration pneumonia. This could result in poor quality of life, and hospital or nursing home admission. The training will help dental professionals to better provide preventive or maintenance dental care or assist in providing care. The training will meet a portion of the continuing education biennial course requirements and course provider requirements for license renewal of dental professionals in California. The training was presented to dental professionals. Their feedback, as well as suggestions from an expert panel, informed revisions to the training, such as increasing the length of the training and including “brain breaks” in the presentation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
Commitee: Costa, Christine, Krayer, Adelle
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Gerontology, Dentistry
Keywords: Communication, Dementia, Dental hygiene, Dentistry, Neurocognitive disorders, Oral health
Publication Number: 10265551
ISBN: 978-0-355-08168-8
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