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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

July 2018

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Collaboration and Leadership Workshop
 


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August 7 | Fairfax
 
August 9 | Fairfax
 
August 20 | Video Conference
 
August 21-22 | Richmond
  
September 4 | Richmond
 
September 14 | Fairfax
 
September 17 | Video Conference
 
September 19 | Richmond
 
September 24 | Richmond
 
September 27 | Harrisonburg
 
October 2 | Fairfax
 
October 15 | Video Conference

 
November 8 | Richmond
2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit
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November 19 | Video Conference
 
December 4 | Fairfax
 
December 14 | Fairfax
 
December 17 | Video Conference


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Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

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Virginia Researchers Highlight Hours Lost From Work and School for Dental Visits

A new study from Virginia researchers Uma Kelekar, PhD, (Marymount University) and Shillpa Naavaal, BDS, MS, MPH, (VCU School of Dentistry) finds that Americans miss an average of 92.4 million work or school hours annually for unplanned dental visits. The researchers, who are Virginia Oral Health Summit contributors, also found adults with poor oral health and those who could not afford dental care lose more work hours for unplanned care than those with good oral health or affordable dental care. According to Naavaal, the finding is not surprising and affirms the need for affordable, preventive dental coverage. A comprehensive dental benefit for all adults enrolled in Medicaid would provide dental coverage to low-income Virginians, prevent dental emergencies, and help to reduce missed work hours. 

Virginia Medicaid's pending work requirements make it vital for enrollees to stay on the job or risk losing coverage. Providing comprehensive Medicaid dental coverage to adults will reduce unplanned dental visits and help ensure working adults can meet state requirements to maintain their health coverage. 

Read the full study here to further explore disparities in missed work hours by race, ethnicity, and dental care affordability.

Of Interest
  
Oral Health and Overall Health

Oral health and overall health are fundamentally intertwined. The following links present current information on how oral health and other social factors impact overall health and well-being.
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Virginia Health Care Foundation Launches Dental Safety Net Map

The Virginia Health Care Foundation launched an interactive map of dental safety net clinics across the state. The map includes information on each clinic and the localities it serves, and will be a resource for both patients and providers to learn more about dental services provided in their area. View the interactive tool here

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NNOHA Webinar on Primary Care and Oral Health Integration

Join the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) on August 1 from 3:00-4:00pm ET to hear lessons learned from two health centers who integrated their patients' oral health and primary care. Register for the webinar through the NNOHA site to learn more about the integration model and its value for patients and providers.
 
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Families USA Report Analyzes Impact of Emergency-Only Dental Services

A new issue brief from Families USA takes a look at state Medicaid programs that cover emergency-only dental services. The analysis found that states that do not include a comprehensive dental benefit face higher costs from emergency visits, lower provider participation, and adverse effects on residents' overall health. Read the full issue brief here

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Studies Show Continuing Education and Guidelines Could Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

In a recent summary of research, Pew Charitable Trust highlights the opportunity to address the opioid epidemic by reducing opioid prescriptions from dental visits. Although Pew found a rise in opioid prescriptions, they also found a declining portion of those scripts were written by dentists and shared support of the American Dental Association's interim policy on opiod prescribing, limiting the duration of prescriptions, and offering continuing education for providers.