Oral health is a critical element for overall wellness and quality of life. Despite this, many adults struggle to take care of their oral and dental health. Having a behavioral health condition can create even greater barriers and challenges to good oral hygiene and dental health. This course will describe some of the basic pathways to oral and dental health. You will learn how behavioral health disorders can affect a person’s oral and dental health. You will also learn how you can support the individuals you serve in their dental and oral healthcare. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals working in health and human services settings with basic information about oral health and how they can support oral health among their clients.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Good and Bad Oral Health
Importance of Oral Health
The Human Mouth
Common Poor Oral Health Conditions
Healthy Mouth Behaviors
Behavioral Health and Oral Health
Correlates Between Behavioral Health and Poor Oral Health
Section 3: Improving Oral Health
Your Role in Improving Oral Health Among Clients
Talk About Oral Health
Watch for Non-verbal Cues
Respond to Reluctance
Section 5: Conclusion
Dr. Grinter operates a community-based dental office and several mobile-based dental clinics in the greater Rockford, Illinois area.Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Dr. Grinter has been active in public health for years as past Dental Director at Milestone Dental Clinic, past Director of Special Patient Care at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and has served on many dental boards including Special Care Dentistry Association, Illinois Dental Policy Review Committee, and Illinois Medicaid Advisory Board.
Dr. Grinter is active in the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and on the national level with the American Dental Association.Disclosure: Jason M. Grinter, DDS, MPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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