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So far Kentucky Oral Health Coalition has created 243 blog entries.

Diabetes Awareness Month and the Impact on Oral Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to recognize the chronic illness that nearly 10% of the US population lives with, and the impacts diabetes can have on the body. Diabetes is a condition that effects the body’s ability to process sugar resulting from unstable levels of a hormone called insulin. In addition to the effects this has on the body, diabetes also impacts the mouth and can play a role in an individual’s oral [...]

By |2022-11-15T12:05:57-05:00November 7th, 2022|Blog|

KOHC Statement on Water Fluoridation in Kentucky

In response to the Interim Joint Committee on State Government hearing testimony on community water fluoridation, KOHC is partnering with Delta Dental of Kentucky, the Kentucky Dental Association, the Kentucky Dental Hygiene Association, the Kentucky Primary Care Association, and the Louisville Water Company in support of maintaining community water fluoridation in Kentucky. View our statement below. As a collective group of concerned healthcare providers, business leaders, active community members, and oral health advocates, we write [...]

By |2022-10-25T10:46:50-04:00October 25th, 2022|Blog|

Implications of Visiting the Emergency Department for Non-Traumatic Oral Health Concerns

We know that in addition to properly caring for oral health at home, individuals need access to appropriate treatment and care when they have an oral health concern. Providing dental care, and in particular care for non-traumatic dental conditions (NTDCs) - like tooth decay, intraoral abscesses, gingivitis, and periodontitis - is best addressed in a dentist’s office. However, the use of emergency departments (EDs) for NTDCs is on the rise and has become a growing [...]

By |2022-10-18T14:26:46-04:00October 18th, 2022|Blog|

Empowering Individuals with Special Health Care Needs Through Inclusive Health Literacy

October is Health Literacy Month, an optimal time to recognize the importance of health awareness and literacy, including oral health. Having access to and understanding health information is essential to caring for your whole-body health. Having good health literacy can even improve health outcomes, including fewer visits to the emergency room, fewer hospitalizations, and better preventive care for you and your children. Health literacy is also critical to advancing health equity. To ensure everyone has [...]

By |2022-10-12T12:32:31-04:00October 12th, 2022|Blog|

October is Dental Hygiene Month!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This is the time of the year to celebrate the important work dental hygienists do. There are more than 150,000 dental hygienists in the United States who are working hard to keep our mouths healthy and our smiles happy. Dental Hygiene Month is also meant to be an annual reminder for us to maintain proper oral hygiene. By practicing great dental habits, we can celebrate it at home. The [...]

By |2022-10-03T11:48:11-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Blog|

KOHC September Quarterly Meeting Recap

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition members and oral health stakeholders from across the state convened virtually for the September Quarterly meeting on Friday, September 23. We kicked off the meeting with an introduction of a new KOHC staff member, Linda Stettenbenz. Dr. Wanda Gonsalves, founder and director of the Undergraduate Pre-Medical Academy at Kentucky State University, presented to the group on medical-dental integration efforts in Kentucky and the connection to health equity. Dr. Gonsalves shared about [...]

By |2022-09-26T16:24:19-04:00September 26th, 2022|Blog|

Unlocking Access to Oral Health Event Recap

Earlier this week, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition participated in an event hosted by The Hill and sponsored by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.  As oral health advocates, we are familiar with the phrase, a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. Yet, oral health is often seen as a siloed system in the health care puzzle and a luxury service. Unfortunately, access to adult oral health care is inconsistent or inaccessible for millions of low-income [...]

By |2022-09-26T16:24:13-04:00September 23rd, 2022|Blog|

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with KOHC!

This week kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. This month is an excellent time to learn more about Hispanic heritage, continued challenges for this population, and actions steps we can take to address disparities and achieve health equity. We know that Hispanic Americans have faced many challenges to achieving optimal oral health and overall health. [...]

By |2022-09-15T08:15:49-04:00September 15th, 2022|Blog|

September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month

September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, an opportunity to learn more about the critical steps oral health professionals take to keep patients safe every day. Infection control is an important part of the work oral health professionals do and has been even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, the infection control procedures in dental offices looked a bit different but keeping patients safe has always been an [...]

By |2022-09-08T08:08:11-04:00September 8th, 2022|Blog|

KOHC Public Comments on Proposed CMS Rule: 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule CMS-1770-P (Section II.L)

Update: On November 1, 2022 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule on the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which will include medically necessary dental coverage. We applaud CMS for this inclusion and for prioritizing medically necessary dental care for older adults and individuals with disabilities.    The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) – which is comprised of over 450 members and oral health stakeholders that engage with the Coalition [...]

By |2022-11-11T09:57:51-05:00August 30th, 2022|Blog|
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