Compassionate Care: Treating Dental Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

CE Credits
1 hour

The path to optimal health often requires an integrative, empathetic approach. This is especially true when caring for patients undergoing cancer treatments, where oral health plays a pivotal role.

Join CareQuest Institute and the Special Care Dentistry Association for a webinar that will explore pre-treatment evaluation, nutrition and oral health care during treatment, and post-radiation oral care best practices. Our experts will discuss common oral and systemic health complications associated with cancer therapy, and share the importance of personalized, compassionate communication and care.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the primary components of pre-treatment evaluation and essential patient information required to provide optimal oral health care to those with head and neck cancer.
  • Describe recommendations for managing oral care and treatment side effects during cancer therapy. 
  • Develop communication skills needed to deliver personalized care, incorporating strategies to address the fears and concerns of patients undergoing surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.

Moderator & Presenter

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH, Professor and Assistant Dean for Research, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University


Patricia Tien, RDH, FSCDH, University of California Los Angeles, Maxillofacial Clinic

Karen Fallone, RDH, FSCDH, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity. 

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH
Colgate-Palmolive Company: Philips Oral Healthcare