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 September, Special Edition 2010
In This Issue: Supporting the Dental Bond
Supporting the Dental Bond
Campaign Kick Off
Fall for Smiles
Kids Oral Health Partnership
Quick Links
 
Word of Mouth
Dear Sarah,

Word of Mouth is the newsletter of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. We welcome your comments and invite your ideas for content.
Dental Care For ME: Vote Yes on 2!
The Maine Dental Access Coalition is part of the Dental Care for ME Coalition, working to ensure Question 2 passes on November 2.  The ballot asks voters to invest $5 million to help build dental clinics in Maine.
MDAC members understand the importance of this funding, and to help other understand how important this is  we are asking members to reach to  their workplaces, and to the community at large to educate others about why this is critical for access to oral health services in Maine.  The Dental Care for ME Coalition has put together materials to make it easy to relay the messages. Here is a Coalition Pledge Card to sign up as an organization or an individual. There is also a complete  Coalition Packet with complete talking points, sample newsletter articles, sample emails and letters to the editor, and a two sided "palm card" with succinct talking points.
The dental crisis in Maine requires action.
· Maine's  ratio of dentists to patients is among the worst in the nation and as dentists retire there are not enough young dentists to take their place.
 
All of us are paying for Maine's dental crisis.
· Dental disease contributes to poor overall health (diabetes and cardiovascular disease, etc.) leading to increased healthcare costs
· Poor oral health undermines quality of life, with negative implications for career opportunities, social relations and mental health.
· Millions are spent  in preventable  visits to the ER for dental pain, visits which provide only temporary relief.  
 
Passing the dental bond will:  
· Provide dental clinic space, and at least  60,000 low-cost visits per year.
· $3.5 million for the  dental school's new clinic, where students will practice in their 3rd year.
· $1.5 million for expanding or creating clinics around the state where students will do rotations in their 4th year, providing 48,000 low-cost visits.
· Increase the dentists staying in Maine because they have been trained here.
 
The dental bond will also bring economic benefits to Maine.
· $37.5 million in immediate benefit from construction and $35 million per year in salaries and related benefits .
· Capital investments in clinic space and new jobs (e.g. new dentists, hygienists, office assistant positions, etc), will bring new and ongoing income to rural communities.
Dental Care for ME Campaign Kick Off 
There will be a press conference On October 6th at 1:00 PM at the Penobscot Community Health Clinic, 1048 Union St.
in Bangor, to officially launch the campaign to pass the Dental Bond. Everyone with an interest in increasing access to oral health care is encouraged to particpate in this event!  Another press conference will be held will be held in Portland at a later date - stay tuned. 
Fall for Smiles 
Fall For Smiles logo
Join us as we celebrate healthy smiles with Oral Health America and Oral Healthcare
Can't WaitŪ. During September, the Fall for Smiles messaging campaign is reminding
Americans to maintain regular dental visits, eat nutritious food, avoid all tobacco, and
brush and floss daily as a part of a healthy oral hygiene routine.
To learn more about Fall for Smiles and how you can help spread healthy smiles to
your family and friends, visit www.FallforSmiles.org
Kids Oral Health Partnership 
kohp logo plain If you are a medical provider, or a childcare/family services provider, and would like free training on oral health assessment, parental guidance and disease prevention, contact Bonnie Vaughan RDH at 622-7566 x 216 or bvaughan@mcd.org
  
The Maine Dental Access Coalition (MDAC) is a public-private partnership focused on improving access to oral care. The Coalition's mission is "To advocate for and improve access to quality preventive and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine residents."
 
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