Author: Anne O. Rice, BS, RDH, FAAOSH, CDP
Anne O. Rice, BS, RDH, FAAOSH, CDP, is a graduate of Wichita State University, then continued her studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in oral health promotion. She is a graduate of the BaleDoneen Preceptorship course for cardiovascular disease prevention for health-care practitioners. After almost 30 years of clinical care, she found Oral Systemic Seminars and is passionate about educating the community on all things oral-systemic health and is focused on prevention strategies for dementia and those relationships in dentistry. She is a monthly contributor to Today’s RDH, and has also written for other dental publications. In 2020, Anne became a Fellow with the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and became Certified as a Brain Longevity Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Please reach out to Anne, [email protected] or visit her website www.anneorice.com.
Credits: 2.00 CEU
Course Description: Dentistry is an effective health care field that can impact Alzheimer's disease. Through prevention and education, dental professionals can positively impact those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Dental providers use an arsenal of assessment protocols directly coinciding with modifiable Alzheimer's risk factors every day. Oral health professionals can provide innovative insight, reaching the public in ways other health care providers may not consider. Alzheimer's is a condition with various etiologies and pathophysiological processes. Some of these include cardiovascular health, smoking, sleep, inflammatory pathogens, and diabetes. In the United States, dental providers assess each of these factors daily and can be instrumental in educating patients on the influence of these factors on dementia prevention. By 2025, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease is expected to increase by at least 14% globally. Such increases may strain local and national health care systems. Yet, for the U.S., if Medicare were expanded to include dental services, it may have a considerable impact on the health and wellness of the older adult population. Dentistry may be modified slightly, adapting it to provide valuable education to patients during preventive care and when treating potential disease risk factors.
Objectives - Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- • Describe Alzheimer's disease and its immense impact within the United States;
- • Recognize the potentially positive effect of extending Medicare dental benefits as related to Alzheimer's disease;
- • Identify key risk factors of Alzheimer's disease;
- • Discuss the positive action steps the dental community can take to assist in the Alzheimer's fight;
- • Relate the connection between oral-systemic health and Alzheimer's disease.
Topic(s): Oral-systemic Link, Alzheimer's
Course Type: Self-Instructional / Self-Study
Instructional Method: Written Course
Technology Requirements: Computer (recommended), tablet, or smartphone and an internet connection
Program Provider: Today's RDH ([email protected])
Original Course Release Date: September 1, 2021
Course Expiration Date: August 31, 2024
AGD Subject Code(s): 010
AADH Course Code: AADHTDH-001-2021-09-2
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