Dental Professionals

Improving Oral Health for Your Aging Patients. Most dentists today received very little formal training in caring for the unique needs of older patients.  WDS Foundation has engaged a team of national experts in serving older adults, led by Dr. Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, to develop and deliver a course that discusses the importance of treating the oral health needs of independently-living older adults in your office.  This course is targeted to general dentists to expand their expertise in delivering optimal dental care to this diverse, and growing, senior population who needs care.  The course will include patient cases and discussion to assess treatment options based on the patient’s goals, ability to pay, health status, etc.  The course is designed to build confidence in treating older patients, understand patient care options, and increase access to dental care for older adults.


Training Information

Course calendar:

April 21, 2018 (Tacoma)

June 16, 2018 (Bellingham)

September 29, 2018 (Wenatchee/Chelan)

October 26, 2018 (Walla Walla)


Registration: The 7-hour, in-person course is offered in partnership with the University of Washington Department of Continuing Dental Education. To register, please visit


Cost: The course is FREE for dental providers practicing in Washington state. If you are located outside of Washington, please contact Karen Lewis at 206.528.7344.

Questions: Please contact UW-CDE at 206.543.5448 or Arcora Foundation at 206.528.7344.