Practical Considerations for Caring for Individuals with Disabilities

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CE Credits
1 hour

Providing oral health care to individuals with disabilities is an essential component of their overall health and well-being. But caring for individuals with disabilities, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, often presents unique challenges and requires special considerations.

Join CareQuest Institute and the Special Care Dentistry Association for a webinar that will explore practical ways providers can improve access to care for individuals with disabilities. Our expert panel will help participants recognize different types of disabilities and identify unique risk factors that increase the prevalence of oral and systemic disease. They’ll also discuss caring for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and present opportunities to address health disparities in individuals with disabilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize different types of disabilities with related considerations for general and oral health.  
  • Identify risk factors that increase the prevalence of oral and systemic disease in people with disabilities.
  • Explain the progression of the signs and symptoms and oral manifestations of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • Implement oral care management procedures for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the dental office.
  • Discuss health inequalities among those with disabilities and opportunities to address health disparities, including addressing the need for preventive dental care.

Moderator & Presenter

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


An Chih Do, RDH, MEd, MAADH, Dental Hygienist  

Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Comprehensive Care, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

This webinar will be recorded.




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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 do not 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.