PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bill to allow dentists in Oregon to administer vaccines to patients has been signed into law.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Oregon is the first state in the...
Juneau has no plans to reintroduce fluoride in tap water
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau does not have any plans to put fluoride in its drinking water again after Alaska's capital stopped the practice more than a decade ago.
Clinics based on school campuses is aim of Montgomery plan
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A nonprofit health care organization in Montgomery County wants to put clinics on Montgomery school campuses to provide medical and dental care.
The plan would involve a partnership between Health Services Inc. and Montgomery Public Schools, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.
The partnership would be at zero cost to the school system and would benefit students and staff, Health Services Inc. CEO Gilbert Darrington recently told the school board.
State getting nearly $1.9 million for dental programs
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A nearly $1.9 million federal grant is going to help New Hampshire elementary school-based dental programs and provide education on fluoridation and better monitoring of women's dental health during pregnancy.
The state Department of Health and Human Services announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant on Monday.
Hawaii health insurers offer dental for Medicaid members
HONOLULU (AP) — Two health insurers in Hawaii will cover dental care for adults on Medicaid after the state program excluded oral health benefits a decade ago.
AlohaCare and Ohana Health Plan are investing nearly $1 million to provide basic adult dental care for Medicaid members, which number about Hawaii 364,000 residents.
The basic care covers an annual exam and cleaning every six months at no extra cost, as well as simple tooth extraction, filling and topical fluoride.
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON -- Lawmakers believe they have landed a deal to create a new mid-level dental therapist profession that could expand access to oral health care by increasing the number of providers and requiring them to serve harder-to-reach populations.
LOWELL -- Lorna Kiplagat, a healthcare worker at the Lowell Community Health Center, said a 47-year-old refugee waited almost a year to find an eye care center she could visit without bringing her own interpreter.
But when the LCHC's new wing opened in March, the woman was finally able to see an eye doctor, who confirmed the woman was legally blind. The news wasn't great, but at least the woman finally had answers.
Study finds dental therapists provide more cost-efficient care in rural areas
A recently released study from Minnesota shows that a dental therapist can be a cost-efficient member of a rural dental clinic's team, with average daily billings only slightly lower than those of clinic dentists. The findings suggest that expanded use of these therapists can improve access to oral health care — as envisioned by state legislation adopted in 2009 — while keeping costs down.
Routine dental cleanings and checkups go a long way in preventing serious dental issues, according to Dr. William Grider of Kokomo Dental Center.
Those without any serious dental issues are recommended to have a cleaning and checkup every six months, while those with periodontal disease or bone or gum loss are recommended to go in even more often—every three months. These visits are key to preventing more serious issues down the road.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the nation's oldest black medical schools will provide free dental services to uninsured Tennesseans this weekend.
Meharry Medical College says the event will offer cleanings, extractions, fillings and other services to hundreds of people on Saturday at the Henry A. Moses Ph.D. Alumni Hall.
Patients must be 18 years old or up to receive treatment and will be seen on a first come, first served basis. No insurance or ID is required.
Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn't given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — As parents, we are completely invested in ensuring our child’s health and well-being. However, many of us may find it can be very difficult to decipher fact from myth when it comes to oral health. Below you will find a few of the most common misleading myths about children’s dental health that have the potential to misguide you from doing what is best for your child.
Myth #1: If my child has a cavity, it means they need to brush harder.
Fluoridation debate continues in Clark County
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — City officials in central Ohio are considering fluoridating the municipal water supply to combat poor dental health.
The Springfield News-Sun reports Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson urges Springfield city commissioners to allow a referendum vote in November on fluoridating the water supply.
February is National Children’s Oral Health Month.
Oral health is a serious public health problem for Nebraska school children. Almost 60 percent of Nebraska school age children have dental disease by the third grade and about 30 percent have untreated tooth decay. Tooth decay, also called cavities, is the most common long term disease in children.
The Connecticut State Dental Association has announced its legislative priorities for the 2018 Connecticut session of the General Assembly, with preserving funding and slicing sugary drink consumption among its main goals.
McLeod Health Foundation gets $2.5M in grants from Duke Endowment
FLORENCE, S.C. – The McLeod Health Foundation has received two grants from The Duke Endowment totaling $2,521,000.
The foundation received $500,000 to develop a neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) treatment and screening plan.
The remaining $2,021,000 will help the foundation implement an oral health system integrated delivery model.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Oral Health and its partners, the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative, and the Institute for Community Research, will present the one-day event, “Oral Health for Older Adults Inter-Professional Summit,” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wallingford. The summit is free and open to medical and dental professionals, community health and social workers, and stakeholders from throughout the state.
- The Florence Morning NewsAdvanced Dental Center of Florence donates $3,500 in scholarships to FDTC dental programMarch 12, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanBetter access to oral health careFebruary 24, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesHow to Help Kids Develop Healthy Dental HabitsFebruary 7, 2019
- The Herald-Dispatch'BRUSH, BOOK, BED'February 3, 2019
When people think about health issues, they often don’t think about their teeth. Dental health is rarely considered a priority, especially among those in rural areas where dental health care providers are not always easily accessible.
Even when there is a dentist in town, people often wait until the pain of a toothache crops up before seeking an appointment. Whether it is for reasons of money, time or just the fear of the dentist's implements, preventative care often is ignored.
The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed to giving up to $950,000 to six nonprofit groups in Oregon and Idaho over the next five years.
The $950,000 total includes $175,000 over five years to the Center for Community Counseling for behavioral/mental health services in the Eugene-Springfield area and $200,000 over five years to Volunteers in Medicine for physical, behavioral/mental and oral health services in Eugene-Springfield.
GUM DISEASE INCREASES WOMEN’S RISK OF BREAST CANCER UP TO THREE TIMES
Gum disease increases women's risk of breast cancer up to three times, research reveals.
With the holiday season in sight, the amount of sweets that are available for kids substantially increases. Local dentists say they just need to keep it in moderation.
Talk show host Lisa Platt interviewed local dentist Dr. Alanson Randol and pediatric dentist Dr. Liann Drechsel recently on CHI Mercy Health’s Talking Health on News Radio 1240 KQEN to talk about oral health for kids.
The following is an edited version of the program from Oct. 30.
HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Health, in collaboration with the Hawaii Children’s Action Network, Head Start Collaboration Office, and Hawaii Head Start and Early Head Start programs, is conducting a statewide oral health screening project, beginning this fall.
Finding a niche in the dental industry where you can make a difference in a patient's life can involve a career as a dental hygienist, where care begins.
As the forefront person in an office with whom patients meet before their treatment with the dentist, a dental hygienist has the potential to have a long-term, rewarding career.
GHC dean of health sciences featured in American Dental Hygienists’ Association magazine
Georgia Highlands College’s Dean of Health Sciences, Michelle Boyce, was featured in two editions of Access, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association magazine.
As parents prepare to send kids back to school, the Connecticut State Dental Association recommends scheduling a back-to-school dental appointment.
“Send children to class with the supplies they need to learn, and a healthy smile,” said CSDA President Dr. Gary Linker in a news release. “Some schools require a back to school dental exam, but even if your child’s school doesn’t, a visit to your dental office for a check-up is always a good idea.”
After nearly two years of development, McMillen Health is launching a program designed to address a commonly overlooked topic among parents of children with special needs: their child's oral health.
The nonprofit is expanding its nationwide Brush oral health program to include a training program called "Healthy Baby Teeth for Children with Special Needs."
After nearly two years of development, McMillen Health is launching a program designed to address a commonly overlooked topic among parents of children with special needs -- their child's oral health.
The nonprofit is expanding its nationwide Brush oral health program to include a training program called "Healthy Baby Teeth for Children with Special Needs."
KEOKUK – Two Keokuk natives pursuing careers in dentistry will apply what they’ve learned and gain new skills on an upcoming mission trip to Jamaica.
For most children and teenagers, the start of summer break means three months of sleeping in late, trips to the beach, summer vacations, camps and other activities, that there just wasn’t time for when school was still in session.
But while the break brings with it a relaxed environment, it’s important to keep a regular routine when it comes to oral health.
During National Men’s Health Month, the Connecticut State Dental Association is encouraging men to pay close attention to their oral health.
“During men’s health month, we urge men to focus on their well-being, including their oral health,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President in a news release.
Men’s Health Month is a national health education program created to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
I agree with the bill discussed in Saturday's story " Bill would expand opportunity," which would ease restrictions on dental hygienists. But I don't think this bill goes far enough.
BULLHEAD CITY — Area residents will have the opportunity to receive free dental services as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance.
Dr. Kristen Vogel and team at Thunder Mountain Dentistry, along with Dr. Matthew Vogel of
BullheadCityDentist.com, will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day.
GREENWICH — Healthy teeth for kids will be the focus of a program at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich next week provided through the town’s Department of Health Dental Division.
Starting at 3:30 p.m., kids at the club will learn about The Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth, a program that includes a puppet show and a special guest appearance from Mr. Marshmallow Tooth.
The event is in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, which was February.
UNMC College of Dentistry awarded $4M state contract
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry has been awarded a $4 million, 10 year contract to help increase the number of dental graduates practicing in rural Nebraska.
Inslee signs bill to improve dental care for state tribes
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill that seeks to improve oral health on reservations in Washington state.
The measure was the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session. It allows tribes to use federal funding for dental therapists, who provide preventative care and procedures such as cleanings, fillings and oral exams.
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Community College’s dental hygiene clinic is offering free dental services to uninsured children ages 4-14.
Children will receive a free teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants and oral hygiene tips.
The dental hygiene clinic runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in Building 900, Mohave Community College Bullhead City Campus Dental Hygiene School, 3400 Highway 95.
Space is limited; to make an appointment call 928-704-7797.
KEOKUK – The Keokuk City Council on Thursday passed a resolution approving a Community Development Block Grant application for funding of the project being undertaken by Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa.
CHC provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to the community regardless of income. It has been a provider in the Keokuk area, in cooperation with Keokuk Health Systems, since 2003.
The city must apply for the grant on behalf of CHC.
POCATELLO – Pocatello dentist Dr. Bryce Larsen will take a group of volunteers to Thailand for a dental humanitarian mission in February. The group will be working with the Thai people for 14 days beginning Feb. 10.
The goal of this mission is to give the people in the remote village of Nan a healthier life by offering dental care to as many people as possible.
State data shows more Utah children getting cavities
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New state health data shows cavities have been found in the mouths of nearly two in three Utah children who are 6 to 9 years old — up from about half the last time the study was done in 2010.
Almost 1,900 kids between first and fourth grade were included in the Utah Department of Health survey between September 2015 and January, reported the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/2gCTdJT).
Free care: Florence dentist reaches out to those in need
FLORENCE, Mass. (AP) — Diane Greenwood is finally getting some relief from the constant pain in her mouth.
After life-long gum disease ravaged her oral health, Greenwood, a retired nurse in Florence, is finishing up a year of free dental care provided by a dental practice in town.
Another Florence resident James Brida, 63, is also wrapping up a year of free care at Strong & Healthy Smiles in Florence. He doesn't have many of his back teeth left and is trying to save what he can.
Midwestern University dental students are partnering with Aspen Dental and their MouthMobile, a fully-equipped dental office on wheels, to provide local veterans with free dental care to address their most urgent needs as part of the Healthy Mouth Movement.
An Aspen Dental MouthMobile Event in Surprise is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Aspen Dental office, 17018 W. Bell Road, Surprise.
Roseburg dentist David Sutton, of Sutton Dental Arts in Roseburg, appeared on the Talking Health radio program last week, to talk about the importance of good dental health.
He was interviewed by talk show host Lisa Platt, and the following is an edited version of that interview.
Lisa: What are some of the changes you’ve seen in dentistry over the years?
La PORTE – Area dentists and the La Porte Hospital Foundation came together for the third time to assist veterans by offering free dental screenings on Saturday as part of Operation Stand Down.
Operation Stand Down was a dental program thought up by Dr. Daniel Fridh designed to help veterans with poor oral health who have learned to either live with their issues or delayed treatment due to lack of funds or insurance.
As ongoing research connecting oral health to general health continues to further demand for preventive dental services, dental hygienists will continue to be in high demand themselves.
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Report: Oral health of Kentucky children is getting worse
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new report says the oral health of Kentucky children is getting worse despite having a greater access to dentists.
Multiple news outlets reported Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates presented the results of a survey of more than 2,000 children to the state legislature's Interim Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. The report found that 41 percent of third- and sixth-graders surveyed had untreated cavities.
Expanded Cheney CHAS clinic to offer dental for low-income patients
A newly expanded Cheney clinic aims to provide dental services to people who couldn’t get them anywhere else.
CHAS, a community health care organization, is adding dental services to its Cheney clinic and plans to expand dental to its Moscow, Idaho, clinic later this year. Appointments in Cheney are being scheduled, and dentists will start seeing patients Monday.
“Adequate access to oral health services continues to be a significant challenge for our patients...
Some dentists laughed and others seemed incredulous when they heard on Tuesday that the federal government said this week that there was no hard evidence that flossing, a staple of oral health long accepted as gospel, does any good.
Some North Jersey dentists responded by saying they see evidence in favor of flossing every day in their practices. “The gums are much better in patients who floss than who don’t floss,” said an Englewood dentist, Joseph...