Let's talk Oral Health - Special needs dentistry and home-based oral care

Let's talk Oral Health - Special needs dentistry and home-based oral care

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Welcome to the 4th webinar of our Let's talk Oral Health series, dedicated to special needs dentistry and home based oral care.

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The fourth episode of our webinar series will explore everything related to home based oral care from the perspective of special needs dentistry.

During the previous episodes of this webinar series, it became clear that each dental discipline deals with a unique set of patients with unique demands and challenges when it comes to home based oral care. However, there's one specialty that is the embodiment of unique demands: special needs dentistry. Special needs dentistry is defined in literature as the discipline that deals with "The improvement of oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of a number of these factors" (Gallagher & Fiske, 2007). Can we identify challenges, barriers, and demands that unify this group despite the heterogeneity of the individual patients? How do we tailor our treatment to such a broad range of patients? And how do you deal with inevitable setbacks? To find out, connect with two professionals who have huge expertise regarding this topic:

Ms. Anna Louise Tolan, RDH, FADIA. Anna Louise is a practicing dental hygienist, educator, and lecturer who draws from 37 years of clinical expertise, specializing in periodontal and implant therapy and person-centered care. A passionate and popular presenter, she has more than two decades of experience facilitating lectures and hands-on learning. Her commitment and expertise in using evidence-based protocols in the process of care make her a popular master clinician and international speaker. She received her Fellowship from the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and serves on several industry advisory committees as a key opinion leader. For the past 17 years, she has been working in a practice setting specializing in special needs people. Anna Louise is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Prof. Mohit Kothari, BDS, MS, PhD. Mohit earned his Ph.D. degree in oral rehabilitation (2013) and MSc in Dysphagia (2021). He is currently appointed as an Associate Professor at Aarhus University. Mohit is a clinical consultant for the management of dysphagia and oral health in patients with brain injury. The area in which Mohit has made significant contributions are dysphagia; special care dentistry; bruxism; orofacial dysfunctions; and sleep apnea. Mohit has more than 50 contributions to peer-reviewed International journals including book chapters, having >600 citations. As a principal investigator, Mohit is developing an Oral Health Assessment and Treatment plan (OHAT) tool for hospitalized patients. The OHAT project has shown that oral health is severely affected due to barriers like unfocused oral care policies; lack of oral care training for professionals; cognitive-motor decline and lack of standardized treatment plan. Mohit expects to improve the oral rehabilitation plan for ABI individuals and create public health awareness.

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