DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)

This subject focuses upon the general  physiologic aspects of ageing, the health and disease burdens of the aged, speech and nutrition issues, therapeutic drug burdens and implications for care, care facility environments and oral health care delivery.  Ageing and the oral tissues and  oral diseases of significance in the elderly are also reviewed.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science course.

Subject Relationships
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the particular needs of elderly-aged dental patients in the context of an ability to provide competent dental care
  • be able to describe the broad physiologic and disease associations of ageing
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the effects of ageing on oral-maxillofacial tissues
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of oral diseases of significance in the elderly
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ageing and physiologic changes
  • Ageing and disease burdens
  • Speech and the elderly
  • Care facilities and support structures
  • Medications and the elderly and dental implications
  • Special needs patients and their management
  • Ageing and oral-maxillofacial tissues
  • Oral-maxillofacial diseases of significance in the elderly
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.