The Silver Tsunami. Safeguarding the Oral Health of Older Adults


Saturday, May 1, 2021


09:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

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1 CEU: Live Interactive Webinar
AGD PACE Subject Code: 750 Special Patient Care
COST: No Charge

OBJECTIVES: By 2060, according to the US Census, the number of US adults aged 65 years or older is expected to reach 98 million, 24% of the overall population. Older Americans with the poorest oral health tend to be those who are economically disadvantaged, lack insurance, and are members of racial and ethnic minorities. Being disabled, homebound, or institutionalized (e.g., seniors who live in nursing homes) also increases the risk of poor oral health. Many older Americans do not have dental insurance because they lost their benefits upon retirement and the federal Medicare program does not cover routine dental care. - CDC. This webinar will explore the importance of oral health and the aging population, the consequences of untreated dental disease, delivery of care, and oral health prevention strategies for the elderly.

  • Discuss the impact of the Silver Tsunami on healthcare.
  • Understand the importance of oral hygiene and the older adult.
  • Describe the unique oral health issues for older adults.
  • Know risk factors of older adults with untreated dental disease.
  • Review delivery of care models for homebound patients.
  • Be aware of certain risk factors for the institutionalized elderly.

Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS

Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS is the Chief Education Officer for Dental CE Academy. She completed dental school training at the University of California, San Francisco; during the height of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Dr. Roling is credited as an early pioneer of Teledentistry. Her clinical practice spans pediatrics to geriatrics. Previously an Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF; and Public Health Preceptor, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health,
Dr. Roling also held the position, Chief for the Office of Oral Health, Maricopa County, Department of Public Health where she administered the nation's largest pediatric oral health prevention programs for the third largest U.S. public health department. As a mobile dental provider to home bound geriatric patients, she commanded a large teledentistry practice. She is the recipient of the Pediatric Oral Health Access Program scholarship providing dental services to at risk infants and foster children. She has completed a certification program:Advances in Educational Methodology through the American Dental Education Association, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2017, and was interviewed by National Public Radio in 2018.