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Program Offering Free Dental Care in Exchange for Community Service Significantly Reduces Dental-Related Emergency Department Visits by Uninsured Individuals 01/26/14

The Dentists' Partnership offers free oral health care to low-income individuals in exchange for community service, resulting in a 70-percent decline in emergency department visits for urgent dental conditions, a positive return on investment, and high levels of dentist and patient satisfaction.

Adding Diabetes and Hypertension Screening to Oral Health and Hygiene Program Identifies Many Seniors With or at Risk for These Chronic Illnesses 07/17/13

As an expansion to an existing community-based oral health program for Hispanic and African-American seniors, dental school faculty, staff, and students offer education and screening for hypertension and diabetes, leading to the identification of many seniors with or at high risk for these chronic illnesses and many previously diagnosed individuals who do not have the condition(s) under control.

Medicaid Reimbursement and Training Enable Primary Care Providers to Deliver Preventive Dental Care at Well-Child Visits, Enhancing Access for Low-Income Children 01/03/13

As part of a comprehensive initiative, State legislation enables trained primary care medical providers to receive Medicaid reimbursement for preventive dental care provided during well-child visits, enhancing access to these services for low-income children younger than 6 years.

Comprehensive Statewide Program Combines Training and Higher Reimbursement for Providers With Outreach and Education for Families, Enhancing Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Children 01/03/13

A comprehensive, multi-stakeholder program combines training and higher reimbursement for dental providers with outreach, education, and support to families, leading to enhanced access to dental care, less tooth decay, and lower dental care costs for young, low-income children.

Partnership Between Private Practice Providers and Hospitals Enhances Access to Comprehensive Dental Care for Underserved, Low-Income Pregnant Women 07/12/12

A partnership among a periodontist, hospitals, state-funded health clinics, and area dentists enhances access to comprehensive dental care and education about oral hygiene to thousands of low-income pregnant women.

Nonprofit Organization Enhances Access to Medical and Dental Care for Those With Disabilities by Helping Them Overcome Their Fears 12/07/11

A nonprofit organization enhances access to medical, dental, and personal care for individuals with disabilities by training them to overcome their fears, offering procedures by trained providers, sponsoring patient education programs, and training local health care professionals on caring for those with disabilities.

In-School, Portable Clinic Brings Comprehensive Dental Care to Impoverished Hispanic Children 10/19/11

A portable clinic uses specially designed equipment to bring full-service dental care to elementary schools serving impoverished, immigrant, and uninsured children.

Public Health Dental Practitioners Offer Cessation Support to Low-Income Smokers, Leading to Increased Quit Rates 10/04/10

Trained dental practitioners in public health centers offered cessation assistance to low-income smokers as part of routine oral health visits in public health centers, leading to higher quit rates (especially among African-American smokers).

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