Dental Care for Geriatric Patients


JUNE 18, 2020

11 am PST  ǀ  12 pm MST  ǀ   1 pm CST  ǀ   2 pm EST

Presented by Nicholas Makrides DMD MPHChief Dentist for Bureau of PrisonsGeratric dental patient with dentist
Duration: 1.0 hour

As people age, their oral health needs change. This is often influenced by decreased access to care, comorbid conditions, decline in cognitive function, loss of manual dexterity and polypharmacy. Older patients experience myriad oral health issues, including periodontal disease, root caries (decay), edentulism and oral cancer. This talks will share insights on how to address these challenges, including a continued focus on prevention.

Registration Fee: $59  

Educational Objectives
  • Cite the most common oral health problems of geriatric patients
  • Examine preventive techniques and oral health aids to assist patients with their oral health
  • Review risk factors for oral cancer

Continuing Education Credit

1.0 hour of credit is available (ADA, ACCME, ANCC, APA, CCHP)

About the Presenter 

Dr. Nick Makrides is a correctional dental consultant whose career in correctional dentistry spans 33 years. In 1987, he received a commission into the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).  In 2001, he was selected as the Bureau of Prison's (BOP) chief dental officer and served as the Bureau's lead dentist for 17 years. Concurrent to his assignment he was selected by the Surgeon General and approved by the Secretary of Health, in 2014, as the chief dental officer of the USPHS and promoted to U.S. assistant surgeon general.  Upon his retirement (2018) from federal service, he continues his involvement in correctional dentistry as a consultant and expert witness. Dr. Makrides has authored several articles and book chapters on correctional dentistry and represents the American Dental Association on the NCCHC Board of Directors.