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Gerodontology (Geriatric Dentistry)

AIM

To prepare dental students to provide appropriate oral health care for the older adults, as well as for younger patients with increased frailty and functional dependency. 

CONTENT OF THE COURSE

Demographics of ageing; biology, physiology, psychology and pathology of ageing; social aspects of ageing; orofacial ageing; epidemiology of oral disease in old age; communication with the older patient and the carers; patient-centred dental treatment planning; oral health prevention and promotion in old age; management of dental caries, periodontal disease, endodontic problems, oral pathology and tooth loss in older patients; domiciliary dental care; hospital dental care and referrals; principles of interprofessional practice in gerodontology.

EDUCATIONAL METHODS

  • Lectures
  • E-learning 
  • Educational visits in the community (i.e. Open Care Community Centres for Older People, Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes)

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

  • Successful final examination.