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November, 2012 
In This Issue:
Oral Health Hero Nominations Open
Inability to Chew May Increase Dementia Risk
Portland Press Herald editorial
February is National Children's Dental Health Month.
Give Kids a Smile Day
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
Quality Counts Conference 2013
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.
2013 Oral Health Hero Nominations Open 
heroine Now is the time to honor individuals and organizations that have demonstrated

outstanding leadership, advocacy, organizing, and their commitment to improving oral health in Maine. Fill out this form to nominate a Maine Dental Access Oral Health Hero. Awards will be presented in late January at the MDAC legislative Breakfast in Augusta (date to be announced). Nominations close December 14.  



Inability to Chew May Increase Dementia Risk
People who maintain their chewing ability are probably less likely to develop dementia, compared to those who cannot chew well any more. Because chewing makes more blood flow to the brain, researchers hypothesize that less blood flow to the brain leads to an increased risk of having dementia. Learn more about the studies here
Portland Press Herald Weighs in on Board of Dental Examiners Ruling
A recent decision by the Maine Board of Dental Examiners was the subject of a Portland Press Herald  editorial. The Board approved a rule change that would inhibit access to public health dental clinics -- including those based in school health clinics -- to children who had seen a dentist in the past 12 months. Instead of being able to treat the child, the clinic would have to get clearance from the dentist, whether the child is a regular patient in the practice or not.The editorial decries the additional bureaucratic hurdles the rule imposes and calls on Governor LaPage to refuse to sign the change.
The full article is here.


February is National Children's Dental Health Month 
youth poster 2013 program posters are available for shipping. This year's NCDHM campaign's slogan ";GET A GOLD MEDAL SMILE"; is featured on both sides of the poster. The eye-catching poster features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, along with their best friends and next-door neighbors Den and Gen Smiley, going for the gold to get a winning smile. On the reverse, pre-teens/teens are going the distance for a gold medal smile. The Posters are available in both English and Spanish and are FREE of charge. Posters are packaged in boxes of 25, 50, 100 and 500. To place an order for posters, please visit the NCDHM Web site. Poster orders will only be accepted online.


Register Now for Give Kids a Smile Day
give kids a smile Give Kids A Smile will be celebrated nationally on February 1, 2013, when thousands of dentists participate by providing screenings, cleanings, sealants and other treatments to underserved children. For many children, this is an opportunity to find a permanent dental home, and for dentists, it is a great way to be involved in helping the local community. Register online by November 9, 2012 to be considered for free product donation. The Web site also has information on how to get involved with the Give Kids A Smile program or expand an existing program and includes materials such as a Program Planning Guide.


Sign up for MDAC Quarterly Meeting  mdac logo small
MDAC Quarterly Meeting: December 14, 2012 9:00 - 2:00 at Medical Care Development, 11 Parkwood Dr.,  Augusta. Lunch is included but you must register.

Our guest speaker will be Kevin Lewis, CEO of the new Maine Community Health Options plan.

Contact Sarah Shed at or 622-7566 x 248     
Save the Date: Quality Counts Conference 2013
April 3, 2013 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Augusta Civic Center. ";Aligning Maine's Forces to Become the First State to Reach the Triple Aim of Population Health, Cost Reduction and Care Experience.";
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.";