Riding the Silver Tsunami: A Guide to Creating an Oral-Systemic Practice
With Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
7.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Credits
Meet Patti DiGangi
Patti believes dentistry is no longer just about fixing teeth; dentistry is oral medicine. Her work helps dental professionals embrace the
opportunities and understand the metrics that accurate insurance coding provides. This increases practice profitability while improving the oralsystemic health of the patients we serve.
Her efforts have assisted thousands of professionals to code more
accurately and efficiently. In fact, the American Dental Association
recognized her expertise by inviting her to write a chapter in its CDT
2017 Companion book and again for CDT 2018 Companion. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with ADA for Current Dental Terminology ©2017 and a license for SNODENT©2017 diagnostic coding.
She demystifies coding with workshops and little books of easily digestible stories about
patients like we see every day. ROMA Manual on Dentistry A Lighthearted yet Deadly Serious Look at our Profession is the 7th book in her DentalCodeology series is of easy-to-read bitesize books. Patti can be reached at Patti@DentalCodeology.com.
Every day starting in 2011, ten-thousand (10,000) people turn age 65 daily and will continue for many more years! This unprecedented phenomenon is termed The Silver Tsunami. Medical advances have enabled people to live longer and healthier lives, dental advances have resulted in the preservation of healthy dentition in these later years. You already know that many oral symptoms can be a key indicator of a more serious health condition. This fact has particularly serious implications for Baby Boomers, many of whom cease their routine oral care visits with retirement. Reasons include a loss of dental benefits at retirement and a failure to recognize the value that maintaining oral health has for one's overall health, well-being, and longevity. Dental professionals can prepare themselves to meet these demands with a thorough knowledge of the needs and treatments specific to this demographic.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
• Describe lifespan vs. health-span
• Merge the latest oral-systemic information into treatment decisions
• Manage age-related disorders and physiological changes associated with periodontal
disease, caries and oral cancer
• Know how to correctly and satisfactorily answer the question "Will Medicare cover it?“
• 5 Simple Action Steps to make it work