Delta Dental of Minnesota at the Minneapolis Diabetes EXPO

On October 15, Delta Dental of Minnesota (DDMN) sponsored the American Diabetes Association – Minneapolis Diabetes EXPO, an event that included health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, research and prevention. DDMN focused on educating attendees about the connection between diabetes and oral health. Speaking at the conference, Dr. Sheila Strock, DDMN’s Vice President of Dental Services, discussed understanding the link between diabetes and oral health.

DDMN’s goal was to spread awareness about the diabetes and oral health connection, as well as to encourage those living with diabetes to be proactive in preventing oral disease.

Did you know?

  • More than 29 million people in the U.S live with diabetes.
  • Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to oral disease because of the high levels of glucose in the saliva that increases bacteria growth in the mouth.

To learn more about the connection between diabetes and oral health, visit deltadentalmn.org/oral-health

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Sealing the Perfect Smile

Since 2013, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has granted $1 million to an initiative that provides dental sealants to children. Sealants are a type of dental care that help prevent cavities from forming in children’s teeth. According to the Children’s Dental Health Project, this preventative measure is about 10 times less costly than the amount of money spent on inpatient emergency care for children with serious decay and infection. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation’s initiative, called Smiles@School, has placed sealants on more than 14,000 children in Minnesota, in partnership with dental providers and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Dental sealants are clear, plastic coatings that are painted onto the molars.  Molars are the most cavity-prone teeth for children. It is recommended that children get dental sealants at an early age in order to reduce the risk of a cavity, which disproportionately affects children from low-income families. Based on Minnesota’s Basic Screening Survey, children from Minnesota schools serving mostly low-income families were 3.3 times more at risk for experiencing untreated dental decay. These students were also 1.5 times less likely to have dental sealants as a cavity deterrent.

This year, the Smiles@School initiative kicked off a first-grade program, which provides free oral health kits for every first-grader in Minnesota. First grade is when the majority of children will get their first permanent tooth, which is an important teaching opportunity. Participating first-graders will receive a toothbrush, fluoridated toothpaste, water bottle, backpack, educational materials to encourage good oral hygiene practices that will last a lifetime. In its first year, Smiles@School first-grade program will reach 55,000 students in 700 schools across Minnesota.  For more information, visit: deltadentalmn.org/smiles-a-school.ss-2016-logo

Delta Dental of Minnesota at Tour de Cure

This past Saturday June 4th Delta Dental of Minnesota sponsored the American Diabetes Association – Twin Cities Chapter Tour de Cure; a bike ride to raise money for diabetes research. More than 1,500 bicyclists rode and fundraised for this year’s event. DDMN hosted a vendor booth and focused on educating the riders, families and friends about the connection between diabetes and oral health. Did you know there are 29.1 million people in the U.S living with diabetes? Individuals with diabetes are susceptible to oral disease because of the high levels of glucose in their saliva that raises bacteria growth in the mouth. We had a great opportunity to come out and spread awareness about this connection and also encourage the individuals with diabetes to be proactive in preventing oral disease.

DDMN was glad to be a part of such a great event!

To learn more about the connection between diabetes and oral health visit http://www.deltadentalmn.org/oral-health

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Epilepsy and Oral Health

This past Saturday, April 16th Delta Dental of Minnesota (DDMN) joined over 40 organizations in sponsoring the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Epilepsy and Seizures Wellness Expo. The Expo provided resources, including experts in the field, a host of specialized vendors, and various wellness partners to help educate people about seizures. 3 million Americans have epilepsy with over 150,000 new cases diagnosed annually. In Minnesota, there are over 60,000 Minnesotans with Epilepsy.

Epilepsy and Oral Health are linked in several ways:

  • Anti-epileptic drugs can lead to swollen, painful inflamed gums
  • Certain anti-epileptic drugs and other medications may cause dry mouth.
  • Risk of injury to teeth or jaw as an outcome of seizure.

It’s important to understand the link between epilepsy and oral health and also to be aware of what you can do to prevent oral health problems. Inform your dentist if you have epilepsy and the medication you’re taking. The dentist will come up with the best plan for your care. Also remember to brush twice daily, floss, eat a nutritious and well balanced diet and visit the dentist regularly.

To learn more about oral health and overall health visit: http://www.deltadentalmn.org/oral-health/your-heart/

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$4.6M grant from Delta Dental will increase oral health care access in MN by approximately 60%!

We have exciting news to announce!

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Grants $4.6 Million for New Dental Clinic at Hennepin County Medical Center!

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and the Hennepin Healthcare System to create a new dental clinic funded by a $4.6 million grant from the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. In recognition of the leadership grant, the clinic will be named the Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC.

The Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC will be located in the new $220.8 million clinic and specialty building, which will consolidate HCMC’s existing downtown clinics in one state of the art, six-­‐story facility. The grant will also fund in-­‐clinic dental services for the highly complex patients who receive care in the HCMC Coordinated Care Clinic.

The Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC will see and treat the 85% of HCMC’s dental patients who are covered by public programs, are uninsured, or qualify as low income residents. In addition, the clinic will provide enhanced patient-­‐centered care for all patients, especially children and people with special needs. The Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC will increase oral health care access by approximately 60%, or an estimated additional 11,000 visits annually, for a total of 27,500 patient visits per year.

View the full release here! 

Oral Health and Heart Health

The American Heart Association hosted its annual Twin Cities Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn last month. Delta Dental of Minnesota (DDMN) was excited to be a sponsor for this event again this year. The goal for the Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn was to raise support for educational programs in order to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke. Did you know there is a significant correlation between your oral health and your hearth health?

Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes. Overall, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack. Some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation.

It’s essential to maintain good oral health to help avoid risks of cardiovascular disease. Remember to practice good oral hygiene every day by brushing twice a day and flossing once per day.

To learn more about oral health and overall health visit: http://www.deltadentalmn.org/oral-health/your-heart/

 

Diabetes and Oral Health

Last month the American Diabetes Association-Twin Cities Chapter hosted their annual Diabetes Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Delta Dental of Minnesota (DDMN) was a sponsor of the event and also an exhibitor to the 8,000 attendees. The Diabetes Expo presented an opportunity for individuals with diabetes, their families and those at risk of diabetes to learn about diabetes management, prevention and healthy living. As an exhibitor DDMN focused on educating individuals about the connection between diabetes and oral health.

Individuals with diabetes are susceptible to oral disease because of the high levels of glucose in their saliva that raises bacteria growth in the mouth. The link between diabetes and oral health is important to understand because 29.1 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes.

What can diabetics do to prevent oral disease?

Individuals with diabetes should inform their dentist about their condition. Informing the dentist could prevent oral disease moving forward. Most importantly, individuals with diabetes should be practicing good oral hygiene every day. Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is essential to maintaining good oral health.

To learn more about the connection between diabetes and oral health visit http://www.deltadentalmn.org/oral-health