Maryland Dental Action Coalition

Maryland Dental Action Coalition

MDAC Supports Community Water Fluoridation

In the June issue of The Costco Connection, a nationally distributed magazine with an estimated reach of 20 million, the Informed Debate section was dedicated to community water fluoridation (CWF). MDAC took this opportunity to educate and share our support of community water fluoridation with the editor. Click here to read MDAC‘s letter.

The July issue of The Costco Connection is out and Americans overwhelmingly support Community Water Fluoridation!  65% of respondents voted YES in support of CWF. Visit this page to view the voting results in the top right corner of the article.

Maryland’s Mouths Matter – Fluoride Varnish and Oral Health Screening Program for Kids

As of April 2014, Maryland has 457 active fluoride varnish providers and 108,824 applications have been applied since the start of the program in July 2009! For more information or to become a fluoride varnish provider, contact dhmh.fvprogram@maryland.gov

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids

There are several media stories coming up that will feature oral health and our literacy campaign!

  • On June 5, WBFF-TV (Fox 45) “Take Action Thursday” segment interviewed Dr. Brooks Woodward, Dental Director at Chase Brexton Health Care, about “Are Cavities Contagious?” Visit this page to watch the interview!
  • The Baltimore Sun will run an “Ask the Expert” interview article with Gigi Meinecke, DMD, FAGD, and President of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry. The article feature the relationship between oral health and eating disorders.
  • On Saturday, June 28, at 7:45am, WJZ-TV interviewed MDAC’s Health Education Coordinator, Katy Battani, about the importance of oral health during pregnancy. Visit this page to watch the interview!

Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP)

CDHP has released an issue brief about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP’s funding will end in 15 months and much is at stake! More than 8 million U.S. children receive medical and dental coverage through CHIP. Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced a bill to extend funding for CHIP through 2019. The issue brief reviews the positive impact this program has had and why it is critical for Congress to extend CHIP’s funding.

CDHP issue brief

Press release – Senator Rockefeller’s bill

Campaign for Dental Health
Life is better with Teeth

The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) was created to ensure every American has access to the most affordable and most effective way to protect teeth — water fluoridation. The CDH is a network of local children’s and oral health advocates, health professionals and scientists who are working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health. We believe, quite simply, that life is better with teeth.

The importance of Community Water Fluoridation

With over 3,000 studies or research papers published on the subject, few topics have been as thoroughly researched as water fluoridation. The CDH offers a multitude of resources and studies about fluoride from reputable health and research organizations. What do the experts say? Visit this page to find out! Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital says “Fluoride, either applied topically to erupted teeth, or ingested orally (called systemic fluoride) during tooth development, helps to prevent tooth decay, strengthen tooth enamel, and reduce the harmful effects of plaque.” The Campaign for Dental Health invites all of us to Learn & Share about the importance of fluoride.

 

Latest News

Licensing ‘dental therapists’ could give more Americans the care they need

IN 2009, 830,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country could have been prevented if the patients had seen a dentist earlier. In 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. These facts lie behind the story of Deamonte Driver, a Prince George’s County seventh-grader who died of a preventable infection that spread from his mouth to his brain in 2007. Maryland pushed through some reforms following Deamonte’s death, but the situation across the country has not dramatically improved.

Everyone seems to agree that there is a dental care crisis in the United States, particularly among people in poor or rural areas. People who have dental insurance or the means to pay out of pocket can get a high level of care. Those without struggle. Medicaid must cover dental services, but try finding a dentist who participates in the program, which offers small reimbursements: Only perhaps a third of dentists accept Medicaid. Deamonte’s mother faced this problem. In less-developed areas, sometimes regardless of their ability to pay, patients may have to travel hours to get care. READ MORE

 

Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions

Shereen Lehman (June 27, 2014) (Reuters Health) - People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions compared to those whose gum disease went untreated, a new study has found. “We were very surprised at the magnitude of the results,” Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat told Reuters Health. She led the study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by bacteria that coat the surface of the roots of the teeth. If not treated, it can lead to bone loss around the teeth, infection and tooth loss. Treatment consists of cleaning the teeth above and below the gum line. In advanced cases, surgery is required. Jeffcoat said a number of previous small studies hinted that treating periodontal disease may help improve other medical conditions as well and reduce the risk of premature birth among pregnant women. READ MORE

 

For Maryland Nonprofits, Time is Money

Baltimore Sun - Michael Bodley (June 28, 2014) Dozens of low-income middle schoolers at Baltimore's St. Ignatius Loyola Academy are getting a head start on money management, thanks to Legg Mason employees. Volunteers from the Baltimore-based money management firm regularly visit the Jesuit boys' school throughout the year to teach students how to open savings accounts, balance checkbooks and understand the taxes they'll soon have to pay. "We just don't want this to be just a financial component," said Auburn Bell, Legg Mason's director of corporate philanthropy. "We're working toward having our employees engaged with these key partners in the education space, getting them to volunteer." Overall, companies aren't giving as much money as they used to, according to a recent Giving USA report, leaving Maryland nonprofits to scramble for alternatives sources of funding. The study found that corporate giving fell 3.2 percent to $17.88 billion in 2013 compared to the year before, while personal donation rose 2.7 percent to $240.6 billion. But some companies are also shifting toward more volunteer work. The decline in corporate giving puzzles Greg Cantori, president and CEO of Maryland Nonprofits, which serves more than 1,000 nonprofits in the state. "It's distressing because companies have been hanging onto cash and not giving up their capital base. It doesn't make sense to me," Cantori said. "They're not hiring unless they absolutely have to." READ MORE

 

ADA - 2013 Survey of Dental Fees

The ADA 2013 Survey of Dental Fees is here! It includes national average fees broken down for both general practitioners and each of the six specialties, national level statistics for fees for over 200 commonly performed dental procedures, and average fees charged by general practitioners broken down into nine regional areas, using U.S. Census divisions. The Survey is available free to ADA members on the ADA Center for Professional Success.

 

U.S. pediatricians urge reading aloud to children from birth

Baltimore Sun - (June 24, 2014)

(Reuters) - Parents bringing infants to the doctor for routine immunizations and growth charting can expect to hear new advice from their pediatrician: Read to your baby every day.Story time routines benefit even the youngest children, helping them to build vocabulary and communication skills critical to later success in school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Tuesday in a new policy statement. For babies, literacy can begin with cuddle time and brightly colored books, the largest group of U.S. pediatricians advised. Rhyming, playing, talking and singing are among the age-appropriate activities promoting early literacy. "You're not teaching a two-month-old how to read," said Dr. Danette Glassy, a pediatrician near Seattle, Washington, who co-chairs the AAP's Council on Early Childhood. "Your sitting down with them makes your baby smart and wise."
Experts say reading or storytelling in early life predicts how well children will do when they enter preschool, which translates to how they do when they start kindergarten, associated with achievement later in school and in life. READ MORE

 

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