The following teaching strategies are designed to be completed by interprofessional groups: NP = nurse practitioner, RD = registered dietician, DH = dental hygienist, SW = social worker.
Visit the Smiles for Life website and choose interactive games/test your knowledge on one Module (1, 7, or 8). This resource was created to be used by an individual or in a classroom setting as pretest or to review knowledge following course completion.
Students will form interprofessional teams (NP, RD, DH, and SW) with student from each profession on each team. Each team will work together to come up with one answer to each question. The team with the most correct answers wins. It is important for students to review the essential roles of each professional in order to consider interprofessional approaches.
Develop Interprofessional Oral Health Education “Speed Dating” Presentation for Senior Center
Student teams (NP, RD, DH, SW) or teams of nursing students will be at separate tables at the senior center. Teams will choose one of the Patient Oral Health Facts and engage seniors in a health literacy discussion about their oral health. Each student group will present one topic. Seniors, divided into groups, will spend 10 minutes at each table presentation and discussion.
Oral Health Overview (Spanish version)
Oral Health and Diabetes (Spanish version)
Oral Health and Older Adults (Spanish version)
Oral Health and HPV (Spanish version)
Develop Nutrition Education Program
Following health literacy principles, students (RN, RD, DH) or nursing student teams will develop an evidence-based nutrition and oral health education program for older adults in collaboration with dental hygiene students and nutrition students. This program will be presented in the senior center.
Download Smiles for Life Module 8 – Geriatric Oral Health.
See also Zhu, Y., & Hollis, J. H. (2014). Tooth loss and its association with dietary intake and diet quality in American adults. Journal of Dentistry, 42(11), 1428–35. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0300571214002462.