Open Enrollment 2021 is Here!

The 2021 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 2, 2020 and goes through December 15th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage to low-income Kentucky families, pregnant women, and children in foster care. This coverage provides Kentuckians access to receive routine health care services and care when [...]

By |2020-11-09T15:23:08-05:00November 4th, 2020|Blog|

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, An Opportune Time to Honor Dental Hygienists!

During the month of October KOHC celebrated National Dental Hygiene Month(NDHM) by highlighting the importance of diligent dental hygiene routines, suggesting recommendations to improve the oral health of Kentucky kids, providing tips to celebrate Halloween in a healthy and safe way, and sharing TEN-4 bruising rule resources. As National Dental Hygiene Month winds down and the time to move the clock back grows near, we move forward in honoring a few of KOHC’s outstanding [...]

By |2020-10-27T13:38:36-04:00October 27th, 2020|Blog|

Tricks and Treats-Keep Halloween 2020 Safe and Healthy!

This time of year many children are waiting with great anticipation and excitement for Halloween. However, this year Halloween will be celebrated during a pandemic. Face It, this year Halloween will be different! Some Halloween traditions could be difficult and unsafe to observe and it may be tempting to overcompensate, sweetening the disenchantment by offering extra candy. Read Monstrous Disappointment and discover how experiencing disappointment can be beneficial for children. This Halloween disappointment doesn't have [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:37:03-04:00October 20th, 2020|Blog|

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|