October is National Dental Hygiene Month

The month of October is especially busy this year. There are fall celebrations to prepare for, many children are in a virtual, hybrid, or in-person class setting, it's a presidential election year, and football is back! While many of us are decorating in a ghoulish manner and enjoying pumpkin spice everything, October is National Dental Hygiene Month and serves as an important reminder to make time for diligent dental hygiene practice even when life is [...]

By |2020-10-12T14:49:45-04:00October 12th, 2020|Blog|

6 Recommendations to Improve the Oral Health of Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is dedicated to advancing oral health literacy among all Kentuckians. This year, we partnered with the Kentucky Beverage Association to learn more about parents’ beliefs and knowledge about oral health care for their children. KOHC hosted three focus groups in March 2020 with parents from Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, and West Louisville to talk about their children’s oral health care. KOHC also surveyed oral health, primary care, and school professionals to [...]

By |2020-10-08T14:54:30-04:00October 8th, 2020|Blog|

OP-ED: From Neighbors to Dentists, How Everyone Can Help Keep Our Kids Safe

This was originally posted as an op-ed by the Courier Journal, Herald Leader, Kentucky Today, and NKY Tribune. By Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, Dr. Christina Howard, and Keith Inman In the last seven months, Kentuckians have heard a lot about how, even in these unprecedented times of physical distancing, we can come together to help protect our family and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19 and stay connected so no one feels alone. Dr. Laura Hancock Jones [...]

By |2020-10-06T12:48:18-04:00October 6th, 2020|Blog|

Dental Professionals’ Role in Child Abuse Prevention

Everyone has a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. In Kentucky, every adult is a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect. Oral health professionals are in a unique position to recognize and report signs of abuse and neglect during their dental exams and procedures as it is estimated over 50% of injuries from child abuse occur on the head and neck. Knowing and recognizing the signs is the first step in helping keep [...]

By |2020-09-29T09:54:57-04:00September 29th, 2020|Blog|

Essential Oral Health Care for Seniors

There is nothing quite like the love of a grandparent! They give great hugs, are enthusiastic storytellers, and are eager to lend an ear. September is the month we celebrate grandparents and let them know they are appreciated with abundance! It is also an opportune time to talk about the importance of older adult oral health education and the benefits of maintaining good oral health habits from the age of 65 and beyond.  By 2060, [...]

By |2020-09-14T13:25:56-04:00September 14th, 2020|Blog|

The Effects of Vaping on Oral Health

What’s new among the growing number of reasons to quit vaping? Your oral health. New research highlights the negative effect of vaping on oral health. Recent studies indicate that the impacts of vaping begin right when the toxins enter in the mouth. Dentists are concerned about the long-term effects that e-cigarette use can have on oral health, as they report seeing dental issues such as gum disease in younger patients. Vaping can also cause additional [...]

By |2020-09-09T19:14:24-04:00September 9th, 2020|Blog|

Kindergarten Dental Screening

It’s almost back to school time! Back to school has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I confess I am a school supply hoarder. I love the smell, the textures, and the hope that new school supplies inspire. The beginning of the school year is a chance at a new beginning. Many children will celebrate a new beginning milestone this year and attend their first day of kindergarten. Parents and caregivers [...]

By |2020-08-12T15:53:27-04:00August 12th, 2020|Blog|

Utilizing Expanded Access Services in the New School Year

As we move through the summer months and families begin preparing for back-to-school, many questions and answers still remain. What we do know is that this upcoming school year will bring new challenges, experiences, and opportunities for Kentucky students. One opportunity Kentucky schools can leverage is utilizing the Expanded Access Services program to recognize and address the social and emotional supports students need as they begin the new school year. During the 2019-2020 school year, the Cabinet [...]

By |2020-08-11T11:06:17-04:00August 11th, 2020|Blog|

COVID-19 Update from KOHC

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.  During this uncertain time, KOHC is dedicated to monitoring the latest updates and recommendations from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Governor Beshear, and key oral health organizations state and nationwide. We will continue to share information and engage the oral health community. We encourage you all to take steps to ensure your own safety and that of your loved ones, and the [...]

By |2020-09-24T11:11:27-04:00August 11th, 2020|Blog|

A Message from KOHC on Equity

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is adamant when we assert our mission to improve the oral health of all people of Kentucky. And yet, we know that there are historic racial and systemic challenges in place for us to achieve that mission. Our mission is rooted in the pursuit of equity, including addressing oral health disparities by promoting best practices in oral health, engaging local and state-level community members, and advocating for effective policies to improve [...]

By |2020-06-15T15:05:01-04:00June 15th, 2020|Blog|