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Preventive Health Considerations for Individuals with Special Needs

CE Credits: 1.5 Hour(s)
Date Course Online: January 11, 2021
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: January 11, 2024
Cost: Free; registration required
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Course Description

Attainment of optimal oral health and wellness is a challenging and dynamic process that occurs along the aging continuum for individuals with all types of disabilities and related special care needs. This lecture will review important challenges and considerations related to health prevention for individuals with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring safety, minimizing disease risks, maintaining function, and optimizing general and oral health-related quality of life.


  • Identify desired health outcomes of implemented preventive strategies for individuals with special needs.
  • Describe important variables that influence an individual’s ability to attain general and oral wellness.
  • Identify components of a preventive practice plan to ensure patient safety.


Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients. She has presented over 1,000 invited lectures and has over 125 professional publications. She is Professor, Course Director of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology, and Assistant Dean for Research at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University (ATSU), where she teaches part-time in the Special Care Clinic. Ann is also a faculty member in the NYU Langone AEGD residency program at ATSU. Ann was awarded fellowship status in special care dental hygiene from the Special Care Dentistry Association in 2016.
Disclosure: Dr. Spolarich has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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