June2008 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
In This Issue
Oral Health & Diabetes Survey
KOHP Begins Training
Maine Dental News
Oral Health Research
Governor's Task Force
Next MDAC Meeting
Content Contributors Wanted
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Survey:Oral Health and Diabetes
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Medical Care Development is trying to learn more about provider and consumer awarenessabout the connection between diabetes and oral health. We are talking to oral health providers and people with diabetes to better understand behaviors and attitudes affecting the oral health of people with diabetes.

There is a brief survey for dental providers at www.mcd.org/TDES/ , (at thebottom of the pageclick on Diabetes & Oral Health Survey).At the end of the survey you can put your name in to win a $100 L.L. Bean Gift Certificate.

The survey will be open until July 14 and the prize drawing will be held on July 15.
During Julythere will be an on-line survey for people with diabetes, look for more information in the next WOM.
Kids Oral Health Partnership Begins Training
If your organization or office would like to receive free training onpromoting early oral health, and identifying and addressing oral health problemsin children 0-5 yearskohp logo, contact bvaughan@mcd.org. or go to the Resources for Providers page at www.kohp.orgto sign up directly.
Maine Dental News
special olympics

Dentists, hygienists, dental students, hopeful dental students, spouses, MDA Executive Director, assistants, family members -31 volunteers in all-came togetheron a gorgeous spring day to provide dental screenings and education for 382 participants, plus staff members,at the Special Olympics Event at the University of Maine in Orono.While some participants had to be cajoled into opening wide, others 'couldn't wait' for their turn. Anticipation of a goodie bag with oral health aids and a new t-shirt help to attract large numbers of athletes.

The Maine Dental Access Coalition was mentioned in a Kennebec Journal article about a new Aspen Dental office coming to Augusta. The Kennebec Journal applauded the move in an editorial, Aspen Dental's plans good news for Augusta.
State seeks to lure new dentists in a Bangor Daily News Article from June 17.
Oral Health Research
Infant Oral Health Care: A Survey of General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, and Pediatricians in Virginia Only 12% of general dentists and 5% of pediatricians who responded to the survey recommend that an infant's first dental visit occur within the first year. General dentists and pediatric dentists who had trained more recently were more likely to recommend the 1-year dental visit than dentists who had been in practice longer. The authors conclude that both oral health professionals and non-oral-health professionals need additional education about infant oral health care.
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart InfectionsA Washington Post article reports on a study from the Carolinas Medical Center on the importance of healthy gums and teeth in preventing heart valve infection. (Washington Post-June 9)
Research Shows That Not Replacing a Missing Tooth Increases Risk of Losing More TeethResearch now shows that leaving a missing tooth with no replacement increases a person's risk of losing the adjacent teeth. Even worse is the news that choosing the wrong method of tooth replacement increases the loss of adjacent teeth even further according toa study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Pregnancies Linked to Tooth LossWomen who have more children are more likely to have missing teeth, according to a nationwide study. "This is the first time we've seen a connection between pregnancy and tooth loss affecting women at all socioeconomic levels in a large, heterogeneous sample of the U.S. population," according to Dr. Russell a principle author.(Science News-May 30)Infant Oral Health Care: A Survey of General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, and Pediatricians in Virginia Only 12% of general dentists and 5% of pediatricians who responded to the survey recommend that an infant's first dental visit occur within the first year. General dentists and pediatric dentists who had trained more recently were more likely to recommend the 1-year dental visit than dentists who had been in practice longer. The authors conclude that both oral health professionals and non-oral-health professionals need additional education about infant oral health care.
Governor's Task Force on Oral Health
To keep up with the proceedings of the Governor's Task Force on Oral Health, and get copies of the materials distributed at those meetings,go to the website of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
The next Task Force Meeting is July 24th at the DPFR office, 122 Northern Ave., in Gardiner.
Next MDAC Meeting
September 12
mdac logoin Augusta, at MCD at 9:00 AM
Mark your calendars for December 12 also.
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