July 2007 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
In This Issue
Good news and bad in oral health status
Katahdin Valley Health Center Dental Clinic Watches Mouths
Sebasticook Valley Hospital Takes to the Airwaves
SCHIP Update
New MDAC web site coming soon!
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Good news and bad in oral healthstatus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a national study reporting that tooth decay in baby teeth has increased 15 percent among U.S. toddlers and preschoolers. The study also found that 74 percent of young children who have experienced tooth decay were in need of dental repair. The upturn in cavities among young children portends a new wave of increased tooth decay because early tooth decay is a predictor of future tooth decay.
The news wasn't all bad. Among the indicators of positive progress, the prevalence of tooth decay in permanent teeth decreased for children, teens, and adults. And more than one-third (38 percent) of children and teens aged 12 to 19 years had dental sealants.
Katahdin Valley Health Center Dental Clinic Watches Mouths
KVH staffDr Lisa Jacobs (front, second from left) and her staff were busy this spring talking to school children from kindergarten through high school on the importance of oral health, careers in oral health and distributing materials from the WYM campaign. She was able to get articles published locally on oral health and pregnancy and infant care, as well as the connection between oral health and overall health. Sixty five adults came out for a lecture on this topic, presented by Dr Jacobs and Dr Karen Nelson from Millinocket Regional Hospital. The lecture was a joint between the Hospital, the Clinic and the Katahdin Area Partnership, a One Maine Coalition.
Sebasticook Valley Hospital Takes to the Airwaves
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Sebasticook Valley Hospital
Laurie Alexander (left), host of the Community Health Program on WMCI TV, teamed up with Kerey Kershner, RDH, for a half hour show on the importance of oral health to overall health and all of the other important Watch Your Mouth messages. The TV channel reaches 15,000 homes in Central Maine.They also did a major WYM outreach effort within the hospital, the local school systems, the local Healthy Community Coalition and the Sebasticook Valley Dental Clinic.
SCHIP Update Dental coverage out, reauthorization up in the air
According to an editorial in the Washington Post,on 7/13/07, the version of State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)being considered by the Senate does not contain dental coverage. " At the heart of this issue is a lack of understanding of the importance and implications of good oral healthcare" according to the article. Maine does include dental benefits under SCHIP, but, as the article points out, without a federal guarantee the program is seen as discretionaryand therefore vulnerable to cutting by cash strapped states.
According to an article in the New York Times 7/24/07 the entire bipartisan bill for reauthorization is up in the air due to a struggle with the White House.
Thanking our Funders
In thanking our Watch Your Mouth funders last time we inadvertently omited to list Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Thank you Harvard Pilgrim!
In the next issue we will feature the WYM projects funded with the help of Oral Health America, so our gratitude goes there also.
New MDAC web site coming soon!
Don't look quite yet, but very soon we will be launching a new web site.Look fora special edition of WOM to let you know when it's up, and let us know what you think. We want this web site to become the "to go to" place for all oral health news, ideasand resources in Maine.
The mission of the Maine Dental Access Coalition isto advocate for and improve access to quality preventative and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine residents.
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