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1104 Helping the Special Needs Patient Maintain Oral Health (AGD 754)

1104 Helping the Special Needs Patient Maintain Oral Health (AGD 754)

1104 Helping the Special Needs Patient Maintain Oral Health (AGD 754)

Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA
Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA
on behalf of American Dental Assistants Association

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Launch date: 11 Aug 2016

Expiry Date: 31 May 2018

Last updated: 27 Apr 2017

Reference: 164723

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This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.


Poor oral hygiene and dental disease may be more prevalent in patients with disabilities due to the effects of their condition and medication on the oral environment. Malocclusion and/or teeth with developmental defects, oral habits such as pouching of food, and even poor physical coordination contribute to poor oral hygiene. Some patients cannot grasp a toothbrush or reach their mouth; their lack of ability for self–care may have serious health implications. Assessment and education skills are essential to develop a home care routine that patients and/or caregivers can follow to help prevent disease and maintain oral health. A daily preventive program must be effective, simple to use, and low in cost. This course provides dental professionals with information to help the patient with special needs and the caregiver attain the appropriate knowledge to treat and maintain good oral health.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
Objective 1:
Assess patient needs based on oral conditions and abilities.
Objective 2:
Develop home care techniques and modifications that will best fit patient abilities.
Objective 3:
Provide instruction for oral self–care to patients with physical or mild to moderate mental disabilities.
Objective 4:
Provide education and oral care instruction to caregivers of dependent patients.
Objective 5:
Motivate patients and caregivers to maintain oral health.
Objective 6:
Aid in the prevention of infection and tooth loss.
Objective 7:
Avoid the need for extensive treatment that patients may not be able to tolerate due to their physical or mental condition.2
Objective 8:
Incorporate the use of sealants, antimicrobial agents, fluoride, and diet counseling as part of a total prevention program.
Objective 9:
Encourage regular dental visits to evaluate effectiveness of the program.
Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA

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Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA
on behalf of American Dental Assistants Association

Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Dental Education, in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has been teaching dental hygiene and dental assisting students since 2000 and can be reached at

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Academy of General Dentistry (PACE)
  • 2.00 Hours -
    Reference: AGD 754

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