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Dental Concepts for the Correctional Nurse

Managing dental conditions is not a part of most nursing positions and little dental training is provided in nursing school. However, correctional nurses are most often the first care provider to evaluate a dental complaint and make determinations regarding referrals for treatment and urgency of care delivery. Most intake screenings include a review of dental conditions. This educational activity will review basic dental and oral anatomy; discuss common dental conditions and appliances; and review some common medical conditions that may affect oral health.