March 1, 2024 | CATEGORY 1 CORE COURSE

Geriatric Dentistry: What do dental clinicians need to know?

Dr. Aviv Ouanounou, BSc, MSc, DDS, FICD, FICO, FACD

Seminar Schedule:

8:00am - 8:15am:

8:20am - 8:30am:
Introductory Remarks

8:30am - 9:40am:
Lecture Begins

9:40am - 10:00am:
Questions + Break

10:00am - 11:30am:
Lecture Resumes

11:30am - 11:45am:
Questions + Break

11:45am - 12:45am:

12:45pm - 2:00pm:
Lecture Resumes

2:00pm - 2:20pm:
Questions + Break

2:20pm - 3:15pm:
Lecture Resumes

3:15pm - 3:40pm:
Questions + Lecture Assessment

Course breakdown

Current demographic data clearly show that the North American population is aging, and projections suggest that the percentage of older people will increase. The elderly often suffer from multiple chronic conditions that affect their quality of life, use of health services, morbidity and mortality. Also, in those of advanced age, the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of many drugs are altered. Thus, the dental practitioner must be continually aware of the pharmacologic status of each patient and consider the likelihood of interactions between drugs prescribed by the dentist, drugs prescribed by the physician and drugs that are self-administered, including over-the-counter medications and natural supplements. In this lecture, I will discuss pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes in the elderly patient, polypharmacy, various comorbidities and the changes in prescribing for our dental patients. Also, we will discuss preventive strategies in this population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the shift in demographics and challenges to dental practice.
  • Understand the effects the implications of aging on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Define poly-pharmacy and recognize it in daily practice.
  • Recognize common comorbidities in the elderly and common adverse drug reactions and Drug Interactions.
  • Discuss the Preventive strategies in the geriatric population.

About the Speaker

Dr. Aviv Ouanounou is an associate professor of pharmacology and Preventive Dentistry at the faculty of dentistry, University of Toronto. He received both his DDS and MSc at the University of Toronto. He teaches pharmacology and Preventive Dentistry to undergraduate and graduate students and is also a clinical instructor and Treatment Plan Coordinator in the University clinics. Dr. Ouanounou won numerous teaching awards including wining “Best Teacher of the Year Award” three times: in 2013, 2015 and in 2019. Also, Dr. Ouanounou is the recipient of the 2014-2015 prestigious Dr. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award for excellence in teaching at the University of Toronto and is the 2018-2019 Recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education. Dr. Ouanounou is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fouchard Academy. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He has published and authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also maintains a general private practice in Toronto.