Virginia Oral Health Coalition

Excellent Oral Health for ALL Virginians

In This Issue
Register for the 2012 Oral Health Summit
Oral Health Access Spotlight
New Dental School in SW VA
Of Interest
Oral Health Summit
October 26, 2012
Richmond, VA



Dental and medical providers - don't miss out on this unique CE opportunity!


Visit the event home page to register online.


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Oral Health Access



South Hampton Roads' "Day of Caring"


On Friday, September 14, the South Hampton Roads community received a healthy boost as several dental outreach services participated in the annual "Day of Caring," providing free or reduced dental services and education. A 2004 survey found that dental care was one of the biggest gaps in Hampton Roads' health system, leading to the formation of Access Partnership - an organizations that builds an affordable network of dental care in the region.


Read more about the Day of Caring


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September 2012 Bulletin

New Dental School in Southwest VA


BluefieldDentalSigningBluefield College, the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors and the County Industrial Development Authority have partnered to bring a dental school to rural southwest Virginia, just outside of Bluefield. 


As envisioned, the school will address the growing shortage of dental providers in the area by providing patient care and recruiting students from the surrounding localities who are more likely to remain in the area after graduation.


The College plans to recruit and enroll the school's first class in 2015, contingent on accreditation and additional funding.  Initially, the school will offer a traditional dental degree, however county leaders are open to adding degrees in dental hygiene and dental therapy (a mid-level provider currently able to practice in Alaska and Minnesota).


Read the complete press release from Bluefield College


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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 affects other conditions in the body.

Oral health and pregnancy (OHRC consensus statement)
- Periodontal disease and chronic disease (an interview with AAP president, Dr. Pamela McClain)


More Americans Turning to Pills than Dentists to Treat Pain

Pills A recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America found that Americans are more likely to take a pain killer than consult a dentist when suffering from a toothache.


Phoenix & Portland Vote for Fluoride Despite Vocal Opposition
Recent public debates on community water fluoridation in major cities across the U.S. have garnered national attention on the subject - as well as vocal opponents.


VaOHC Participates in CVC Charity Drive

Virginia Oral Health CoalitionThe Virginia Oral Health Coalition is participating in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, which allows state employees to directly donate a small portion of their paychecks to a specific charity. VaOHC is CVC #3931.


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