NHTI is firmly committed to developing and delivering continuing education programs that will enhance the professional lives of Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists, offering:
- State-of-the-art clinic
- Highly qualified faculty
- Reasonably priced courses
Workshops that meet the criteria established by the
NH Board of Dental Examiners
- Liability insurance available for a nominal fee
Managing the Client with Special Needs:
Oral Care Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities
Angela Boyle’s entrance into the dental hygiene profession was perfect timing for the state of New Hampshire. A few years after she graduated from NHTI in 1992, public health supervision became allowable for NH dental hygienists and access to dental care regained focus as a key health initiative in NH communities. Throughout her career, Angela played a vital role in the development of oral health programs which successfully serve various populations in NH.
In addition to several years’ experience in general and periodontal practice, Angela has over 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector including public health initiatives such as oral health program development and implementation, coalition building, public policy and advocacy. As a civilian contractor for the NH Army National Guard for 13 years, Angela served as part of a medical-dental team that traveled throughout NH performing oral health screenings and oral health promotion and education. Angela’s involvement in the Fluoride Task Force facilitated passage of community water fluoridation in NH. In 2010, while serving as Director of the NH Oral Health Coalition, Angela was instrumental in the passing of HB 1537, legislation allowing primary care physicians to provide preventive oral health services, including fluoride varnish application, to children ages 0-3 under the NH Medicaid program.
Currently Angela is the oral health program coordinator for Community Crossroads, one of NH’s ten area agencies serving individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Her role includes developing an oral health program that encompasses access, education and prevention for individuals with disabilities. Angela returns to NHTI to teach “Oral Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities,” important information appropriate for all members of the dental team.
Oral Care Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities*
This course provides an overview of the history of the developmental disability community in NH. Participants will learn about factors influencing the oral health of patients with disabilities and their special oral care considerations. This course is appropriate for all members of the dental team.
Date: Friday, October 16, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Participants in the Oral Care Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities course will be able to:
- Describe the history of IDD in NH and the progressive improvements
- Identify the 10 Area Agencies and their respective towns
- Gain awareness of the connection to NH’s DD individuals and the State’s budget
- Describe the importance of families of individuals with disabilities
- Describe the factors influencing the health of patients with disabilities
- Describe the most common types of disabilities seen in NH
- Identify & practice the appropriate cultural sensitivity when communicating/referring to individual with disabilities
- Become familiar with the indications and use of assistive technology
- Understand the special oral considerations for individuals with disabilities
- Describe and apply effective chair-side strategies when caring for individual with disabilities
*This course is an elective in the Dental Public Health Course Series and not a BODE required CPHDH course. However, the course information is invaluable and appropriate for all members of the dental team who serve clients in private practices and/or public health settings.
About Community Crossroads – The Who, What, Where & How
As one of ten non-profit organizations designated as an “area agency” by the State of New Hampshire, Community Crossroads is responsible for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from birth to elder years, as well as adults with acquired brain disorders. Established in 1979 as Region 10 Client Management, the agency has grown over the past thirty years to serve over 1000 individuals and families in eleven towns in southern New Hampshire. The agency has become an integral part of our local communities through fundraising activities, civic involvement, and partnership with local businesses. For further details, visit www.communitycrossroadsnh.org.
NHTI is a NH BODE continuing education provider, and this course meets BODE requirements
for the Certified Dental Public Health (CPHDH) qualification.
For important details on the CPHDH refer to RSA 317-A: 21-e and Den 302.05 (aa) at