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

Committed to Creating Access

Delta Dental of Minnesota (DDMN) Foundation partnered with People’s Center Health Services (PCHS), a safety net health center located in Minneapolis. DDMN Foundation committed to a $230,000 grant to PCHS over the next two years. The grant supports PCHS integrated Health Care model, and one aspect of that model is the integration of dental care. In Early August the DDMN Foundation team joined PCHS at the Cedar Riverside primary care clinic for the grand opening of a new dental operatory. With this new operatory, PCHS anticipates to provide nearly 3,000 dental visits to about 1,700 patients over the two year grant period.

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Back-To-School Smiles

It’s the end of August and that means one thing: children will be heading back to school soon! For parents, there’s a long to-do list before the school year kicks off, but one thing that should be at the top of the list is a visit to the dentist. One can only imagine the amount of sugary drinks and snacks consumed during the summer. The consumption of sugary drinks and snacks can cause tooth decay and other oral health related problems. It is important that children have good oral health heading into the school year. Poor oral health can affect the academic performance of children in the classroom. Children with poor oral health are more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain and absences caused by pain is linked to poor school performance.

Sealant Program_3Unfortunately, having difficulty getting to a dentist is a reality for some children. If access is an issue, it is important to know some children have the opportunity to receive dental services right in their school. Selected elementary schools are part of the statewide Smiles@School Sealant Initiative. Smiles@School is an initiative by Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation to support and expand school-based dental sealant programs for children at-risk of poor oral health. The Smiles@School program began 2 years ago, with 297 schools throughout Minnesota participating in the Initiative. Since its inception the program has provided 27,000 children with dental care and 14,280 children have received sealants.

The first day of school is right around the corner and making sure children are prepared is important! Try to find time to get children into the dentist or check to see if Smiles@School is an option. For some children it can make all the difference to being healthy, alert and ready to learn.

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