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Cavities Get Around Campaign: Caring for Baby Teeth

March 16, 2017


WesternSlopeNow.com

Dr. Kate Hart, a pediatric dentist with the Marillac Clinic, and Dr. Cassana Littler, a pediatrician with Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, share the importance of taking care of a child’s baby teeth.

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Medical Dental Integration

February 21, 2017

KOAA – Your Healthy Family
Have you heard of the The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s Colorado Medical Dental Integration Program? It’s doing amazing things in smaller communities across Colorado.

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Dental hygienists at Northwest Colorado Health practice at the top of their license while working in a primary care setting

October 1, 2016

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
As dental professionals well know, oral health is directly connected to overall health. Dental hygienists take thorough health histories to be aware of systemic conditions, inquire about various medications and dosages to evaluate for oral health implications, and take blood pressure readings.

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Low Income Pregnant Women Get Medical And Dental Care In Same Setting

September 5, 2016

CBS4 Denver
Regular medical checkups are recommended for pregnant women, but doctors will tell you oral care is important as well.

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Peak Family Medicine Now Offering Preventive Dental Care During Regular Medical Visits

August 1, 2016

Peak Family Medicine is now offering a variety of preventive dental health services for children and adults during regular medical visits at its Montrose clinic. All forms of dental insurance, including Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus, are accepted.

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Delta Dental putting dentists among the doctors

July 22, 2016

Denver Business Journal
Oral health is health care, just as surely as taking care of a broken limb, a woozy stomach or a chronic condition is health care. But for as long as there have been doctors’ and dentists’ offices, they have typically been in separate places, usually with no communication between them.

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Getting to the root of the problem: The benefits of providing oral health care during regular medical visits

July 18, 2016

The Denver Post’s Aurora YourHub section
The traditional process of accessing medical and dental care is fairly straightforward. Does your child need a well-child checkup? Find a pediatrician who accepts your insurance and schedule an appointment. Need a dental check-up, cleaning or a cavity filled? Schedule a separate appointment with a dentist.

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The benefits of providing oral health care during regular medical visits

July 16, 2016

La Junta Tribune Democrat
The traditional process of accessing medical and dental care is fairly straightforward. Does your child need a well-child checkup? Find a pediatrician who accepts your insurance and schedule an appointment.

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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Celebrates Second Annual Oral Health Champions

July 15, 2016

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) has announced the winners of its second annual Oral Health Champion Awards (video link). These awards celebrate efforts to help eradicate the most common chronic disease of childhood: tooth decay.

Two organizations and two individuals have been recognized with 2016 Oral Health Champion Awards. Read about the winners in our press release.

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The benefits of integrating dental care with medical visits

July 3, 2016

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
The traditional process of accessing medical and dental care is fairly straightforward. Does your child need a well-child checkup? Find a pediatrician who accepts your insurance and schedule an appointment. Need a dental check-up, cleaning or a cavity filled? Schedule a separate appointment with a dentist.

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National Journal Recognizes Colorado’s Innovative Models for Providing Oral Health Care in Pediatric Medical Settings

June 9, 2016

Unique methods of delivering preventive dental services in pediatric medical settings to reduce oral health disparities are highlighted in a new report published in The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.

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Dental Hygienists Expand Access to Care in Colorado

January 1, 2016

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
The recent launch of the Colorado Medical-Dental Integration Project (CO-MDI) is helping make affordable medical and dental care for the centennial state’s most vulnerable residents more accessible than ever before. Thanks to funding from the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, the state now has 16 medical organizations that are employing registered dental hygienists on their medical care teams.

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A unique Colorado program puts dental care in doctor’s offices

December 27, 2015

The Denver Post
Nathan Martinez is an unusual 9-year-old boy. He actually likes dental care. So he showed no fear at an appointment this month. He calmly walked into a hygienist’s office wearing a red shirt that declared, “You just be yourself and I’ll be awesome,” and plopped onto her reclining chair with a smile.

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Dental care now available for pediatric patients

December 9, 2015

LA Junta Tribune

Valley-Wide Health Systems Inc. is now offering a variety of preventive dental health services to pediatric patients during regular medical visits at its La Junta Clinic.

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Access to dental care improving for Routt County Medicaid patients

November 23, 2015

Access to affordable dental care in Routt County has been limited in recent years, but local public health officials are hopeful availability will improve in the coming months. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has hired a dental hygienist to serve low-income patients, including those on Medicaid, something that’s been generally unavailable in recent months.

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Marillac Clinic Now Offering Dental Care at its Mesa County Health Department Location

November 16, 2015

Marillac Clinic is now offering a variety of preventive dental health services for patients during regular medical visits and by appointment at its clinic located within the Mesa County Health Department. Under the direction of registered dental hygienist Patrick Andrews, the services provided include oral health education for children and adults, exams, regular cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnishes and sealants. Two rooms at the clinic are specifically dedicated to dental treatment. Dental care is available for patients of all ages.

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Dental Care Now Available for Pediatric Patients During Regular Medical Visits at Valley-Wide Health Systems’ La Junta Clinic

November 16, 2015

Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. is now offering a variety of preventive dental health services to pediatric patients during regular medical visits at its La Junta Clinic. Under the direction of Registered Dental Hygienist, Charlene Pariera and dental support employee, Lisa Bensley, the services provided include oral health assessments and education, regular cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnishes and referrals for more comprehensive dental treatment.

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Now Offering Dental Care for Patients During Regular Medical Visits at its Stout Street Health Center

November 11, 2015

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is now offering a variety of preventive dental health services during regular patient medical visits at its Stout Street Health Center in Denver. The Coalition is offering oral health education for children and adults, exams, cleanings, x-rays and fluoride varnishes. Services are available for patients of all ages, with a special focus on reaching children under 18.

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Program integrates medical, dental care for the needy

August 20, 2015

9News reported on Worthmore Clinic in Aurora. Many patients at Worthmore Clinic are refugees who have resettled in the U.S. The clinic is one of 16 different medical clinics that are part of the Colorado Medical Dental Integration (CO MDI) project.  CO MDI brings free dental services to existing medical clinics serving low-income and needy populations across the state.

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Program integrates medical, dental care for the needy (Video)

August 20, 2015

9News reported on Worthmore Clinic in Aurora. Many patients at Worthmore Clinic are refugees who have resettled in the U.S. The clinic is one of 16 different medical clinics that are part of the Colorado Medical Dental Integration (CO MDI) project.  CO MDI brings free dental services to existing medical clinics serving low-income and needy populations across the state.

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Children’s dental care coming to BV

August 14, 2015

Beginning Aug. 17, Kids Dental Hygiene will offer a variety of preventive dental health services for Chaffee County residents, with a specific focus on reaching children, at the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Buena Vista Health Center, 28374 County Road 317.

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Summit Middle School now offers weekly low-cost dental care during summer

August 5, 2015

Summit Middle School has been shining smiles this summer. Thanks to start-up funding from a new grant, the Summit Community Care Clinic started providing low-cost preventative dental health care at the school over the summer for the first time. The clinic’s dental hygienists already have treated roughly 200 patients in June and July.

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Dental Care Available at Summit Middle School Health Center Throughout August

July 30, 2015

Summit County students are encouraged to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and come back to school with healthy smiles. Summit Community Care Clinic’s Healthy Smiles Program is currently offering a variety of preventive dental health services at the Summit Middle School health center under the direction of registered dental hygienist Emily Millner.

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Dental Care Available at Leadville High School Health Center Throughout August

July 30, 2015

Leadville students are encouraged to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and come back to school with healthy smiles. Summit Community Care Clinic’s Healthy Smiles Program is currently offering a variety of preventive dental health services at the new Lake County High School health center. Under the direction of registered dental hygienists Emily Milner, Amanda Hamilton and Megan Jackson, the services provided include oral health education, exams, regular cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnishes and sealants.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics Expands Dental Care Hours at Aurora Clinic

July 27, 2015

Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC) is now offering preventive dental health services at its Aurora Clinic four days each week. Dental care is available during sick visits or well-child checkups with RMYC medical providers as well as by appointment. RMYC sees children ages newborn – 18 at its Aurora Clinic. All forms of health insurance, including Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus, are accepted.

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Inner City Health Center Now Providing Dental Care for Children and Teens During Regular Medical Visits

July 6, 2015

Inner City Health Center (ICHC) is now offering a variety of preventive dental health services for children and teen patients during regular medical visits. These dental visits take place during sick visits or well-child checkups in the medical clinic. The preventive services available include oral exams, screenings, fluoride varnishes and sealants.

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Opinion: Working to provide care in Colorado’s ‘dental deserts’

March 19, 2015

With a record 1.1 million people now covered for dental care under Medicaid, the “dental desert” is heating up in Colorado. Deborah Foote, executive director of Oral Health Colorado, provides insight about what solutions oral health advocates in Colorado have been working on to address oral health equity and access to dental care throughout the state.

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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Launches Five-Year Initiative to Increase Access to Preventive Dental Care in Primary Care Settings

March 13, 2015

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, funded by Colorado’s leading dental benefits company, Delta Dental of Colorado, announced the launch of the Colorado Medical-Dental (CO MDI) Project. This five-year initiative involves the placement of dental hygienists in 16 Colorado primary care medical clinics in an expansive effort to increase access to preventive dental health services.

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Healthy Smiles comes to schools

February 25, 2015

Students in the Lake County School District can participate in the Healthy Smiles Program offered by Summit Community Care Clinic.The program started at West Park Elementary School on Feb. 5. The Healthy Smiles Program will move to the Lake County Intermediate School and then Lake County High School.

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