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The Marian Clinic participated in the first annual Emerald City Cosmos Diabetes Health Fair on April 13th. This event was a free community-wide event seeking to enhance strength through action, empowerment through education, and support through community for all who are impacted by diabetes. Krista and Tashaira represented the clinic at the event and offered the following oral health resources to 65 individuals who visited our booth.
Our dental team remains engaged and dedicated to providing the highest quality care. All team members participated in “diabetic glucometer” training provided by Barb Sollner, RN, MSN, BSN from Baker University School of Nursing. As a part of the clinic’s effort to provide holistic care, the dental team will now provide patient’s with complimentary glucose testing chair-side when our nursing volunteers are not readily available.
Glucometer and A1C assessment tools help the dentist determine the appropriate course of treatment. Hypo/Hyper glycemic individuals create an increased risk of a medical emergency while being treated in the clinic, increased risk for oral infections and gum disease, and reduced/slowed post-surgical healing. The Marian Dental team is very in-tune to diabetes and is well-equipped to accommodate treatment based on each individual’s needs.
These dental screenings identify children with urgent dental needs, restorative dental needs, and preventive dental needs. Each child was given a free toothbrush and a report of each child’s oral health status for parents. The school nurse was provided child flossers and xylitol gum to share with students as needed. We are grateful that KDHE Bureau of Oral Health and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth who have sponsored this outreach initiative. The Smiles4Kids Program and Smiles4Kids Fund makes it possible for our clinic to reach school age children and provide basic services such as dental screenings, preventive care, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish. The clinic is reaching out to area schools that do not currently have dental outreach services. A few rural Kansas schools have 20+% decay rates and desire a partnership with the Marian Dental Clinic. The ultimate goal for our dental outreach in schools is to decrease dental decay rates by increasing oral health prevention and access to dental care.
KanCare Medicaid Expansion passed in the Kansas House of Representatives. Currently this legislation it is in the Senate Committee. Medicaid expansion will help more of our uninsured client’s access healthcare. Currently our clinic has numerous uninsured individuals who cannot afford dental care. This access to insurance will help patients receive needed dental care. Reimbursement from Medicaid for these services will help the clinic with overall sustainability.
Each day Sister Mary Rosaleen joins our dental team at the clinic to visit with patients, advocate for patients, and provide spiritual counseling and guidance to all. We are blessed beyond all measure to have a daily reminder of our catholic faith and clinic beginnings.