CDE: American Academy of Cariology 4th Annual Conference **POSTPONED**

Mar, 2020
07:30 AM-07:30 PM

Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC


Please be aware this meeting and event have been postponed. View the AAC’s statement here»

We hope to have the opportunity to connect at a future Penn Dental event later this spring or summer!

Time: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
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CE Credits: 6.75 lecture credits


The prevention and management of dental caries over the lifespan requires an understanding of the risk factors for developing dental caries and how these factors change over time. Individuals with intellectual, cognitive or physical impairments, whether acquired or developmental, comprise a unique subset of vulnerable individuals that may be encountered across the age spectrum. The prevention and management of caries in vulnerable individuals is complicated by the need to identify the special accommodations necessary to allow comprehensive caries management.

As an example, those with age-related dementia or those with disease or trauma-related loss of manual dexterity may have an impaired ability to perform the oral self-care or may require special management interventions to successfully prevent caries. The goals of this aac conference are to present the unique set of needs of people with impairments and how these needs can be addressed to advance practices for managing caries. The topics will cover the evidence and necessary research related to caries management.

These strategies must include collaborative efforts among different healthcare providers. Incorporating preventive oral health strategies taught to caregivers will play a critical role in maintaining oral health for a lifetime. Oral health education of family, caregivers, and others, such as nursing home staff, is essential if caries are to be prevented or managed.

The conference presentations will include information and discussions on:

  • How the complexity of health, behavior and social needs affects caries risk and management in vulnerable individuals.
  • The many challenges to accessing quality health care, such as lack of support, lack of coordination across providers and misaligned payment structures.
  • Evidence-based caries management strategies for vulnerable individuals.
  • Future research into effective interventions to control dental caries in these populations.

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 6.75 continuing education credits.