Grantee Spotlight: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

We wanted to share with you a wonderful new resource developed by our 2015 OHNEP grantees, Dr. Cameron Jeter, PhD, June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH and Deborah Jones PhD, MSN, RN at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.  

The team developed an educational resource to promote the oral care of patients with Parkinson's disease, many of whom suffer from poor oral health due to a variety of motor issues, lack of clinican traning and insurance coverage. The Powerpoint presentation is aimed at interprofessional health care teams comprised of neurologists, nurses, dentists, speech therapists, physical therapists and dieticians to educate them on each other's roles in the care of a Parkinson's disease patient, appropriate referral behaviors, and general advice for the dental and primary care visit.  

The presentation consists of the following sections:

  • Etiology, pathophysiology and symptoms of Parkinson's disease
  • Relationship of oral health to overall health
  • Common oral health symptoms of Parkinson's disease, how they are diagnosed and how they affect systemic health
  • Advice for optimal oral care of patients with Parkinson's disease
  • Summary of how Parkinson's disease impairs oral health and the role of the interprofessional healthcare providers 

Thank you to Dr. Jeter and her colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center for another wonderful oral health resource that aims to improve the oral and overall health of vulnerable populations!

This OHNEP program is made possible through the generous support from DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation.