Oral Health Basics

Helping clients enjoy good oral health can be challenging. Physical and cognitive diseases or disabilities can make it hard for some clients to perform their own oral care and sometimes they may not want the help of family members or other caregivers.

Course Topics Include:

• Strategies to make providing oral care easier – for you and your clients
• How oral health affects overall health
• How aging affects oral health
• Basic facts about oral health and ways to assist clients with routine daily oral care
• What a healthy mouth and unhealthy mouth look like
• How to identify and report unusual conditions in and around the mouth to help clients prevent oral disease or intervene early before a dental problem becomes more serious

Target Audience: This course is designed for licensed home care aides and other types of caregivers to increase the quality of oral health care delivered to clients or loved ones.

Continuing Education: This course is approved for one credit hour by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

The following professionals contributed to the creation of this course:
Arcora Foundation Staff: Diane Oakes, MPH, MSW; Alison Cusick, MPA; and Karen Lewis, BA
Content Experts: Joyce Hagen, RDH, MA; May Chin, RDH; Jenny Shuler, CDA, BA

Original Release Date: May 2019
Review Date: July 2024

Expiration Date: July 2027

Arcora Foundation 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.

Arcora Foundation designates this activity for 1 continuing education credits.