nursing_homeThe American Dental Association (ADA) is now offering online training for dental professionals interested in providing care for nursing home residents.

According to the ADA, nearly 1.3 million nursing home residents face the greatest challenges to accessing dental care of any group in America. Through Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement that aims to improve dental care for the underserved, the ADA plans to train at least 1,000 dentists to provide care in nursing homes by 2020.

“Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success” is an eight-module, self-paced online course that highlights long-term care delivery models, regulatory and legal compliance, creating and organizing an oral health program, working with complex patients, financial considerations in nursing homes, establishing an environment where effective daily mouth care occurs, and accessing scientific literature.

Presenters are members of the ADA’s National Elder Care Advisory Committee. The course is worth 10 hours of CE credits at a cost of $475 for members and $650 for non-members. Dentists who register for the program can register up to three of their non-dentist team members at the price of $150 per person.

Registration is available on the ADA website.