CE Course: Preventive Dental Care for People with Disabilities

Course Description

Preventive Dental Care for People with Disabilities

As clinicians, we learn ways to modify toothbrushes and educate patients regarding routine home care instructions. Have you ever had to modify a toothbrush or home care routine for someone with special needs? Some clinicians may never have had to use this knowledge or may never have encountered a patient with special needs. However, with the changing demographic in dentistry today and the growing special needs population there are additional advanced techniques designed to best meet the needs of our patients. This course refreshes our preventive technique skills and allows us to better identify and modify oral care habits that can be used at home and with the assistance of a caregiver to prevent dental diseases in patients with special needs.

Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to:

  1. Utilize anticipatory guidance to inform parents and caregivers about effective daily oral health care for people with disabilities.
  2. Identify efficient toothbrushing techniques and modification of home care tools/aids for people with disabilities based upon individual needs.
  3. Identify successful behavior modification therapies to support oral home care activities.

2.5 live CE credits

Consists of a 1-hour interactive module you can complete at your own pace any time, plus a 1.5-hours Zoom class session with the instructor to enhance your learning through activities. Online module format includes interactive animations, knowledge-checks, quizzes, online discussions with peers, and interaction between the instructors and participants to guarantee answers to questions.


  • Online Module: Preventive Dental Care for People with Disabilities
  • Module Release Date: December 8, 2021 (This module must be completed by Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EST in order to attend the Zoom session)
  • Live Zoom Session:
    Friday, December 17, 2021: 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST

Course fee: $48

Refund/Cancellation Policies
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other course. However, if a course was registered in error, a refund may be granted. The refund request must be made within 24 hours of registration and emailed to Toni DePena at toni@nyu.edu. If any courses are canceled by NYU, a full refund will be given; in that case, students will not need to request a refund. Partial refunds will not be granted for any missed sessions.


Meet the Instructors

Kim Attanasi, PhD, MS, RDH

This course will be taught by Dr. Kim Attanasi, NYU College of Dentistry.

Kim Attanasi, PhD, MS, RDH, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at NYU College of Dentistry and is the student professional development coordinator for the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting. She is a student advisor to the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) and is active in the ADHA and its state affiliate. Dr. Attanasi served on the political action committee for the northern component of ADHA and served as public health director of the New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association (NJDHA). She was the recording secretary of NJDHA’s northern component for almost 10 years and is the current president. She is the New York State Dental Hygienist Liaison (DHL). In her role as a DHL, Dr. Attanasi serves as a communication link between the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, Head Start agencies, and state, territory, and tribal child care agencies on topics related to the oral health of pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and child care. In 2019 she was awarded an ADHA presidential citation for her contributions to women and children’s health. Dr. Attanasi is the current president of the New York State Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association. With more than 29 years of experience as a clinical dental hygienist, she holds an MS degree from the University of Maryland College of Dentistry and a PhD in public health from Walden University.

New York University is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHNYU (January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry.



Online module developed by Kim Attanasi, RDH, PhD; and Philip Buccigrossi, DMD; New York University College of Dentistry.


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