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Course Description

NameOral Health Care of The Elderly
Credits5 ects
ObjectivesThe student
• explains the principles of elderly patients’ oral health check-ups and their oral health care-related special features and needs
• assesses the personality and functional capacity as well as any possible functional limitations of an elderly patient when planning his or her oral health care and implementing the plan
• understands the importance of nutrition for the oral health care of the elderly
• explains the effect of polypharmacy on oral health
• describes different types of oral health care-related cooperation with care institutions and home care personnel
• assists a patient to transfer from a wheelchair into a dental chair
• provides oral health counselling for the elderly or nursing staff
• defines the etiology, diagnostic methods, symptoms and treatment methods of geriatric diseases and applies that information to his or her work
Content- Nutrition recommendations for the elderly. The principles of the oral health care check-ups of elderly patients. Oral health care-related special features and needs of the elderly. Occlusal problems in the elderly, oral diseases and polypharmacy. Functional capacity and functional limitations of elderly patients in oral health care and counselling. Geriatrics.
RequirementsActive participation in contact and online lessons, completion of learning assignments and exams.
Grading ScalePassed (S) - 0
Course materialKOMULAINEN Kaija. Oral health promotion among community-dwelling older people 2013. Väitöskirja. Itä-Suomen yliopisto
PETERSEN P.E, KANDELMAN D, ARPIN S & OGAWA H. 2010. Global oral health of older people – Call for public health action. Community Dental Health 27, (Supplement 2) 257–268.
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ContactHolopainen Tiina, Äijö Marja


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