04-20-18 – Successfully Treating Older Adults: Techniques for the Entire Dental Team


April 20, 2018

Presented by Dr. Randy Huffines




According to ADA statistics, over 30 percent of the income in the typical general practice today comes from treating seniors. This percentage is increasing rapidly as the population continues to age and the numbers of these seniors doubles to more than 79 million during the next few years. Providing quality dental care for these patients can be very rewarding but also very challenging due to an array of complex dental and medical conditions that become more common as we age. It is essential that the entire dental team understands these concepts to insure an optimal outcome for this growing group of patients.



□ Dispel common myths related to aging □□ Apply the latest preventive and restorative concepts to the treatment of root caries

□ Implement treatment modifications for patients with Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke

□ Manage the impact of medications on xerostomia, poor hemostasis, gingival overgrowth, denture stomatitis and adverse reactions

□ Learn techniques in conventional and implant-retained prostheses



Dr. Randy F. Huffines is a frequent speaker at meetings such as the Hinman, Pacific Dental, Yankee Dental, California Dental, Texas Dental, and over the years has presented over 20 courses to the Annual Session of the American Dental Association. He is known for his ability to take complex oral health issues and translate them into easy-to-understand concepts and practical techniques the entire dental team can use immediately with their patients. Dr. Huffines is one of only a handful of practicing clinicians in the United States who has completed a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry. For the past 33 years, he has primarily treated older and medically complex adults in a traditional private practice, in hospitals, and in nursing homes.

Randy is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on aging and oral health. He is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, and Diplomate of the American Board Special Care Dentistry. Dr. Huffines is a Fellow and an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1996 Dr. Huffines became the first Chair of the American National Standards Institute Task Force that became the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee on Dental Informatics. In 2004 he was appointed to the American Dental Association’s Elder Care Task Force. He has served on the Editorial Board of 2 major dental drug references. Dr. Huffines was the originator of the American Dental Association’s Preventive Office of the Year Award. Randy holds faculty appointments in colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and allied health sciences. In spite of these responsibilities, Dr. Huffines spends most of his workweek as a “wet-fingered” clinician providing comprehensive dental care to older and medically complex patients. This extensive practical experience is evident throughout his courses as he illustrates concepts with the patients he has personally treated.

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