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Geriatrics and the Special Needs Patient Course

This course qualifies the enrollee for 3.5 CE credit hours and the cost is $110.
To register:

This program will address the unique and complex challenges the general practitioner faces when treating the Geriatric and Special Needs patient. These issues will be discussed and specific materials and techniques provided to achieve the desired goals. Cases will be presented to complement the presented material. Dentists, hygienists, and assistants who treat these populations will gain valuable knowledge and insight into the complex world of the “new” Geriatric & Special Needs patient in your general practice.

Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the need for antibiotics as a “premed” for SBE prophylaxis and prosthetic joint replacement
  • Identify new preventive and restorative materials and the circumstances in which they are successful
  • Understand new restorative techniques that can be successful in these populations

Completion of this course and quiz qualifies the enrollee for 3.5 CE Credit Hours. Course issued: 3/2014; review 3/2016, expires 3/2018.

Instructor: Dr. Howard Cowen, Professor, and Director of Geriatric and Special Needs Program, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Cowen has no conflicts of interest with any organizations/companies. For questions following the course, please contact Amanda Shoemaker at 319-335-7166, or
References for Further Study:

Advances in Remineralization for Early Carious Lesions: A Comprehensive Review, Steven R. Jefferies, MS, DDS, PhD April 2014 Issue –
Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry

Treatment of deep carious lesions by complete excavation or partial removal : A critical review, Van Thompson, Ronald G. Craig, Fredrick A. Curro, William S. Green and Jonathan A. Ship JADA 2008;139(6):705-712

Uncertainty Remains about Effectiveness of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Bacterial Endocarditis:  CDA guidelines infection control prevention,     J Can Dent Assoc 2014;80:e40

Incomplete Caries Removal: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, F. Schwendicke, C.E. Dörfer and S. Paris
J DENT RES 2013 92: 306 originally published online 8 February 2013

Clinical judgment A requirement for professional identity, The Journal of the American Dental Association (December 1, 2011) 142, 1333-1334

Evidence does not support antibiotics for dental patients with joint replacements,  ADA NEWS, December 18, 2012


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