February 2019- Mission Update

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Our dental professionals believe a healthy smile provides children with a good start to life. We also believe in taking the opportunity to engage and educate parents to create healthy oral habits at home well into the future. In honor of National Children’s Oral Health Month, February 21-22nd our clinic impacted the lives of 30 children and 19 parents with $16,232 worth of free dental care. We provided education, preventative cleanings, fluoride varnish, sealants, emergency, basic restorative, and endodontic dental care. These children having no dental insurance and limited ability to pay for dental care came to the Marian Dental Clinic seeking quality services and a great experience. We hope to continue serving these families in the future.

In February the Marian Dental Clinic also announced our commitment to serving children enrolled in Shawnee County Medical Society’s HealthAccess program. Children enrolled in HealthAccess have no dental insurance and additionally no medical insurance. With limited access due to the rising cost of health care these children are in need of a routine dental home. This comprehensive dental/oral health component for children enrolled in HealthAccess is NEW!

HealthAccess is an integrated network of local clinics, private primary and specialty physician volunteers, hospitals and pharmacies to provide universal, on-demand access to the full continuum of health care for the medically underserved citizens of their county. (Source: scmsha.orgl)

Year to date, the clinic has served 823 patients with $285,099 worth of dental services and basic nurse screenings. We are excited to share that our partners, Baker University School of Nursing, has been volunteering at the clinic 1-2 times per week offering consultation, education, and health interventions. This interdisciplinary partnership brings to light many access to healthcare issues and offers our patients more than just a “dental” experience. The dentists appreciate and value the nurse’s expertise and how it enriches the patient care we are providing.

Kathy is busy teaching families about acid attacks using our acid attack kit! When your mouth comes into contact with sugar in foods or drinks, the acid produced attacks your tooth enamel. Our kits show the process of an acid attack!

Jan-Feb Nursing Services Provided at the Dental Clinic

  • 60 Nurse Visits w/vitals
  • 13 Chairside A1c tests
  • 15 Chairside Glucose tests
  • 10 Direct Referrals for Social Services
  • 3 Pre-Diabetic Intervention Referrals WOW!
  • 1 Uncontrolled Diabetic Referrals

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