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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Mouths, Healthy People with I/DD

August 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Eastern Daylight Time

Numerous studies establish critical linkages between good oral health and general health. In addition to preventing diseases that affect the mouth and throat, a thorough oral examination can also detect signs of GERD; identify those at risk for periodontal disease related pneumonias; chewing and swallowing disorders leading to nutritional deficiencies; and oral pharyngeal cancers. Good oral hygiene is critical for maintaining good health, adequate nutrition, and quality of life.

Unfortunately, people with disabilities are at a disadvantage in finding and receiving dental care due to range of factors which include practitioners who are unfamiliar with providing dental care for people with disabilities; limited dental coverage by Medicare and Medicaid; and the person with disabilities’ own discomfort and anxieties about dental visits. In this webinar, Dr. David Fray will address these barriers to oral and overall health and discuss the role that I/DD providers can play in promoting good oral hygiene for the people they support through an integrated “medical/dental health home.”

Learning objectives include guidelines for agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of their oral health programs; how to leverage HCBS waivers to promote dental care; and how to establish partnerships with dental schools and local dentists as a part of a collaborative health team.

A recording will be made available for registrants.


David Fray, DDS, MBA has been Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston since 2015. His area of research and teaching focuses on community-based health promotion and prevention systems of care to reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations including individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He completed a one year post graduate preceptorship in long term care, holds a Board Certification in Long Term Care Administration, and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator for the past 20 years. Dr. Fray was in the private practice of dentistry with an emphasis on adults with special needs and geriatrics for 15 years prior to a 19-year career in Public Health.

Dr. Fray has worked internationally with health organizations, dental schools and nursing schools to develop systems of collaborative care for persons with I/DD. Additionally, he previously served as Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Division for the Hawaii Department of Health for 12 years and Director of the Division for Developmental Disabilities Services for Arkansas for three years. Dr. Fray is the immediate past president of American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.


  • Member: $69.00
  • Non-Member: $129.00

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