As the sun rose over a chilly Longwood Avenue, the Teaching Practices of the Harvard Dental Center was humming as dental students prepared to host Give Kids a Smile. Launched in 2003 by the American Dental Association, Give Kids a Smile is an event held annually that focuses on the oral health of children between the ages of one and 17. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 9 and was well received by members of the surrounding communities.
A national study has found that while oral health is one of the greatest unmet healthcare needs for the elderly, geriatric medical fellowship programs provide little oral health training for future doctors who will provide care to the growing older adult population.
Serving on the front lines of health care, a nurse practitioner may very well be the first to identify a patient’s oral health condition or disease, even before their dentist. A new national study conducted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine and its partners in the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), reveals nurse practitioners are well-prepared to meet this challenge.
The survey of nurse practitioner (NP) training programs focused on pediatric, family, and adult-gerontology...