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October, 2012 
In This Issue:
MCD Public Health
First Dental Visit by Age One - still
Pregnant Women & Children
Periodontal Disease Prevalence
Sugar and Dental Disease
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
MPHA Annual Conference
MDHA Conference.
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Word of Mouth is the newsletter of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. We welcome your comments and invite your ideas for content.
MCD Public Health
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The Public Health Division of Medical Care Development, which is where MDAC lives, has re-introduced itself to the world with a new logo, new web site and new energy. The website describes the wide array of MCD Public Health programs, products, and services while also providing a mechanism for connecting visitors with project-specific branded websites. This new look and fresh approach is intended to raise the profile of one of Maine's best kept secrets. MCD's public health programs are highly regarded and valued - by those that know about them. This brand launch marks the pinnacle of a three year effort to build on our strengths and build an autonomous public health division within the MCD family of programs.


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This recommendation has been made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and now the Association of  State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) which has issued a policy statement with ample documentation of the need to address oral health by age one in a wide variety of settings and with a variety of providers. In Maine, From the First Tooth, Kids Oral Health Partnership, and the Maine Dental Home Initiative have all worked  to increase the number of children getting early oral health assessment and care.

AND - there is a FREE APP to make it easier to serve young children, The Smiles for Life Reference Tool App includes

quick overviews and reminders about promoting oral health and disease prevention in children. Whether you need a reminder list of oral risk factors, a fluoride doseage schedule, or photos that demonstrate how to hold a child and apply fluoride varnish, this app can help.


Pregnant Women & Children
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The National Oral Health Policy Center has released a new issue brief,  Improving the Oral Health of Pregnant Women and Young Children: Opportunities for Policymakers 


This provides state policymakers a brief review of the research and evidence on dental care during the perinatal period, identifies current state guidelines that have been developed, reviews liability issues for dentists and medical providers, and outlines current state policy options to support the oral health of pregnant women and young children. 



Periodontal Disease Prevalence
A new study from the CDC shows that close to half, 47.2%,  of American's have periodontal disease, and it is higher in the elderly, the poor, smokers among others.
Sugar and Dental Disease? Of course
Is big sugar like big tobacco? This is provocative,and fun, video that explores the relationship of sugar to many of the ills of modern life, not the least of which is dental decay.
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MDAC Quarterly Meeting: December 14, 2012
contact Dot Seigars at or 622-7566 x 232      
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MPHA Annual Conference

Registration is open for the Maine Public Health Association annual fall conference!  The conference, titled Community Connections: Building Creative Partnerships for All Mainers, will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.  Click to register and find out more


Save the Date: MDHA Conference 

The Maine Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) has its Annual Spring Fling Conference meeting on Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2013



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.";