May 2007 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
In This Issue
Just Take One
Tooth Ferry Turns Five
Improving Oral Health Care for Young Children
MDAC meeting...June 8
Protect the Fund for a Healthy Maine
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Just Take One
barb &vanessa

The City of Portland's Children's Oral Health Program recently had an opportunity to share the success of their Just Take One project. Vaneesa Woodward (on left) and Barbara Yeboah and traveled to Denver to present at the National Oral Health Conference.

After seeing a huge unmet need for restorative care among the children in their school based dental clinics they were inspired to develop Just Take One, an idea modeled after a California program of donated orthodontic services.

The program matches children in acute need of dental care with dentists willing to donate services and/or bill MaineCare. The Oral Health Program acts as a facilitator and case manager, making the process as simple as possible for both patient and dentist. It has been a rewarding experience for all involved according to Barbara Yeboah, "we have had 15 dentists participate and they have found the experience very rewarding, and of course the children and families are very happy." read on.

Tooth Ferry Turns Five. Washington County Children's Program Mobile Dental Clinic
Tooth Ferry
Maymarks the fifth year of the Tooth Ferry, WCCP's Child and Youth Dental Program andthe first Maine made mobile dental clinic.
The first year theteam saw 200 children, and now they are seeing over 900 kids a year!
Good work Tooth Fairies!
Improving OralHealth Care for YoungChildren A new report from the National Academy for State Health Policy Health Care Report
Promising models for for improving the oral health of young children, best oral health public health measures and the need for an expandedoral health workforce are among the topic covered in this newly release report.This is a good read for anyone interested in oral health policy. To see the full report, click here.
MDAC meeting June 8
We will be discussing MDAC priorities for the coming year, and learning from the field what is happening in Maine.
All are welcome! Call 266-7566 x 218 or to let us know if you are coming.
Protectthe Fund for a Healthy Maine
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The Fund for a Healthy Maine is our investment in disease prevention, keep it working as intended!
Let your legislators know that it's important. Preventing disease is better for people and better for budgets too.
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