CEO Geriatric Toothfairy St. Petersburg College Jacksonville, Florida, United States
The face of dentistry is changing and becoming more diverse, the need for mobile dentistry has become essential. Considering 16 million children lack access to basic dental care and 1.5 million people live-in long-term care facilities there is a need to take dentistry out of the Op. Access to care is a major problem facing dentistry today. Many recall when the U.S. Surgeon General gave a failing grade to the level of dental disease in this country and reported that the number one reason children visit the school nurse is for dental pain. Mobile dentistry allows the dental staff to arrive at the facility where the patients are already located, such as a school, community center, elder care facility, or manufacturing facility. The patients are treated on-site with minimal interruption of their day or without the complex logistical issues surrounding the transportation of the elderly and disabled. More patients can receive care who might otherwise go without or receive only symptomatic care. A dental hygienist plays an important role in mobile dentistry, as owners and providers, this course will explore the very latest on mobile dentistry as it pertains to the dental hygienist. *This live streamed-session will not be available following the conclusion of conference on June 28.
Identify the change in health care and the need for mobile dentistry
Discuss the dental hygienist role in mobile dentistry
Provide an overview of the development of a mobile dental program, results from the restorative pilot, and future plans