2 CE Units
Many oral diseases and conditions are more prevalent in older adults, although they are not a part of normal aging. While oral disease can impact general health, it is also important to recognize the potential risks that systemic diseases and their management can present to maintaining good oral health over a lifetime.
We will review The Seattle Care Pathway and OSCAR treatment planning schemas to consider the challenges that aging and systemic disease can present to treatment planning, patient care and oral health maintenance. Understanding these schemas can facilitate appropriate treatment planning for older adults, whether they are well and independent, or at any level of dependency. We will review example cases to better understand the issues that may arise as the risks to oral health increase or dependency changes as a result of acute or chronic systemic disease.
Elisa M. Chávez, DDS, is an associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice at The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She is also adjunct associate professor at The University of California, San Francisco, from which she earned her DDS.. In addition, she completed a fellowship in geriatric dentistry at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Sh
e developed and directed the Pacific Dental program at Laguna Honda Hospital for more than ten years as well as the current student rotations at On Lok Lifeways. She is currently a Senior Founders Fellow for The Santa Fe Group. Her focus is on the education of patients, oral health-care providers, other health-care providers, caregivers and other stakeholders about the importance of oral health, in and of itself, as well as an integral component of successful aging.