Cincinnati Health Department Thanks Partners Who Stepped Forward To Brighten Kids’ Smiles
The Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) recognizes Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) for their generous donations to CHD's Crest Smile Shoppe and to benefit Cincinnati children in need of dental hygiene products.
P&G donated a year’s worth of Oral-B toothbrushes and Crest Pro-Health toothpaste which will serve an estimated 4,600 Cincinnati children who have trouble getting basic oral care items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. The impact of the program on oral health is being tracked in order to improve subsequent efforts.
AAPD awarded CHD with a $20,000 grant, used for bus transportation for patients, educational materials, anesthesia (provided by a local pediatric dentist) and various clinical supplies needed for oral health. These additional services went into effect July 1, 2012 and will last until June 30.
"The need for improved dental health among Cincinnati's children is tremendous and exceeds our available resources. We are fortunate and grateful to have such generous partners stepping forward to improve oral health outcomes for our kids," said Nancy Carter, CHD Dental Director.
CHD provides dental services to adults and children at 5 locations including the Crest Smile Shoppe which was established to ease financial burden and maintain appropriate oral hygiene for Cincinnati's youth. CHD dentists and dental hygienist work to provide a variety of services including prophylaxis, fluoride varnish, education, sealants and follow-up restorative care.
Lack of access to oral health services and the resulting poor dental health outcomes are often overlooked. According to the Ohio Department of Health, access to dental services is the leading unmet health need for children and low-income adults in Ohio. Annually, the City of Cincinnati's five Primary Care Health Centers and Crest Smile Shoppe see over 13,600 dental clients, perform 33,000 dental encounters and 8,000 emergency dental visits. 72% of these patients have no form of dental insurance.
CHD continues to work with the community to enhance dental health access. Last year, with support from Mayor Mark Mallory and Cincinnati City Council, dental hours were expanded in order to accommodate 2,500 more emergency dental visits annually.