Dental and Oral Health for Individuals with IDD

Dental and Oral Health for Individuals with IDD 

Research has shown that good oral care is an essential part of good overall health, yet it is one of the most overlooked aspects of daily hygiene for many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly those living in residential settings. The single most important thing you can do to maintain healthy teeth and gums and prevent dental pain in the individuals you support is not to just bring them to the dentist but to support good home care, which includes daily brushing. Your knowledge of good oral hygiene and its many benefits can make a tremendous difference for an individual’s short- and long-term quality of life. This course will introduce you to the components of a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene. It provides information about proper tooth brushing techniques and strategies to support care for people with a range of disabilities both at home and when preparing for a dental visit. Armed with this information and an appreciation for the importance of good oral health care, you will be able to support individuals to reach their highest health potential and remain free of oral pain.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

0.75 HOURS

Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1832205

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

0.75 HOURS

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-DOH-V2
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
1. Name the basic components of a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene.
2. Describe the effects of poor oral hygiene in the mouth.
3. List the steps needed to assist in proper tooth brushing.
4. Identify strategies that support good oral hygiene and encourage participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
5. Develop appropriate supports for assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during their regular dental examinations.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Mouth A. Meet Leo B. What Went Wrong? C. Oral Health D. The Situation Today E. On the Bright Side F. The Good Mouth (Basic Oral Anatomy) G. The Bad Mouth H. How Does Tooth Decay Happen? I. Abscess J. Gum Disease K. Gum Disease and Diabetes L. What to Look For M. Review N. Summary Section 3: Basic Maintenance A. A Daily Routine B. The Location C. Bass Cleaning Technique D. Toothpaste Guidance E. After Brushing F. A Few Specific Situations G. Dental Aids H. Basic Guidelines I. Encountering Resistance J. Overcoming Resistance K. Write It Down! L. Encouraging Independence M. Jackson is Concerned N. Summary Section 4. Visiting the Dentist A. The Dental Exam B. Prepare the Individual for the Visit C. Prepare Yourself for the Visit D. What to Expect E. Your Attitude Matters F. Meet Lisa G. Summary Section 5. Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement E. References F. Congratulations! G. Exam H. BrainSparks

Instructor: Jason M. Grinter, DDS, MPH
Dr Grinter grew up in upstate New York, attending Dental School at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Following dental school he continued his training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he focused on: special patient care, hospital based dental care, treatment of medically complex patients, and sedation dentistry where he obtained his license in oral conscious sedation. Dr Grinter is the past Dental Director at Milestone Dental Clinic in Rockford, IL. Milestone Dental Clinic is one of the country's leading non-profit dental clinics that exclusively treats patients with developmental disabilities. Dr Grinter obtained staff privileges at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford where he was able to treat the needs of patients who require dental work while under general anesthesia. He also spent time treating patients on the Ronald McDonald Caremobile while in Rockford, reaching out to some of the more rural areas in Northwest Illinois. In 2009 Dr Grinter was hired as Director of Special Patient Care at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Illinois Masonic works with the residents each year, training them to treat patients with special needs and provide them with a learning experience like he received when we was a resident in the program. Dr Grinter is Lead Oral Health Advocate for DentaQuest, the administrators of the State of Illinois' Medicaid Dental Program through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and serves on the Illinois Peer Review Committee and Healthcare and Family Service's Allkids School Based Program Committee. He works closely with DentaQuest's Regional Oral Health Advocate Program that helps find access to care solutions by linking dental providers to patients that need the care the most and by working with local agencies to improve their existing dental programs. Dr Grinter is on the Board of Directors of Special Care Dentistry Association and serves as President of their Academy of Dentistry for Patients with Disabilities. Dr Grinter works with dentists from all over the world through SDCA who specialize in the treatment of patients with special needs. In 2012, Dr Grinter was appointed as a consultant to the American Dental Association's Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR), the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Program Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). Dr Grinter is active in the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society and on the national level with the American Dental Association. Dr Grinter is currently on the Chicago Dental Society Access to Care Committee as well as the Illinois State Dental Society Access to Care Committee, and he serves as Chair of the Illinois State Dental Society Medicaid Reform Committee. Dr Grinter earned his Masters in Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health in 2010. Disclosure: Jason M. Grinter, DDS, MPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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