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July, 2013  
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Word of Mouth
Dear Diane,

Word of Mouth is the newsletter of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. We welcome your comments and invite your ideas for content.
Unintended Consequences - the ACA and the Pediatric Dental Benefit
Some advocates of expanding children's dental coverage are worried that the Affordable Care Act may fall short. While pediatric dental care is one of the law's essential health benefits, if bought as a separate policy, it will require payments in addition to those for medical coverage--possibly putting dental care out of reach for parents who can't afford the extra expense. Read the full Washington Post article for more discussion. 

We will continue to share updates on the pediatric benefit, and, when the dust settles, share how to clearly explain this benefit to families.  
Coming soon, the Text2Floss Program, an initiative of A. T. Still University's Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, in partnership with the American Dental Hygienists Association will provide patients with a unique way to receive information on how to take care of their oral health. Text2Floss is a one-week interactive educational tool meant to help people develop positive oral hygiene habits through the use of mobile technology. Read on...

There is also Text4baby which is a free service for pregnant women and mothers with young children. They include oral health messages among many others aimed at promoting health behaviors.
Free Course on CAMBRA 
This is an online offering through Coursara on Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) by John Featherstone, MSc, PhD, who is a national leader in this field.

The course, which begins August 26th, will provide the scientific basis for caries (dental decay) risk assessment and practice interventions.Go here for more information and an introductory video.    

Maps for Maine's Dental Workforce

The State Oral Health Program has been working on creating visual picture of Maine's dental professional resources (dentists and dental hygienists), dental clinics, and selected preventive programs, including school-based oral health programs and community water fluoridation. Recently they have added maps #11 & 12 that locate public health dental hygienists in school districts, and the practice locations of independent practice dental hygienists. The maps can be found here.     

Rural Oral Health in a
Changing Health Care Environment

New England Rural Health Roundtable's Oral Health Conference Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Westford, MA
Here for the full program


Webinar: Improving Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities 

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Time: 2:00pm  

Description: The Rural Assistance Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis recently released a Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), the toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs by building on best practices of successful oral health program models. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by ORHP, including lessons learned.


All One Body: Creating Optimal Health Outcomes, A Symposium for Medical and Dental Health Providers
conference logoFriday, October 18, 2013,8:00 am - 4:00 pm   Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon, Maine
More details here, registration details later.


Save the Date MDAC Quarterly Meetingmdac logo small
September, 20, 2013 9:00 - 2:00 at Medical Care Development, Augusta
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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