New Upper Valley Smiles for Life Oral Health Program


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Emma Hartswick

Free Oral Health Screening For Adults

The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley received funding from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Health to launch an oral health pilot project. What is unique about this program, and the Ottauquechee Health Foundation’s Smiles Program, upon which it is modeled, is services are provided in community settings. The program is designed to provide a first touch-point for adults who do not have a regular dentist and who may not have a dental plan to help pay for dental care. The program is staffed by a licensed dental hygienist with extensive experience serving lower income clients. The hygienist is supervised by Dr. Christopher D. Baker, DMD. The staff also includes a coordinator who will also serve as a care coordinator, assisting clients who receive referrals to other services.

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This project is a partnership between the Public Health Council, the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, and Dr. Christopher D. Baker, DMD. Working through the Oral Health Working Group of the Public Health Council, this project coordinates with a similar project operated by the Ottauquechee Health Foundation in their region of Vermont and the Upper Valley Smiles school-based program operated by Alice Pack Day Memorial Hospital.

Upper Valley Smiles for Life provides preventative oral health screening, education, and fluoride varnish to adults. Services are provided by a licensed dental hygienist. This pilot program is available to all Upper Valley adults and will provide services at up to four Upper Valley locations between March and August 2017. See the public health council's events page on Daily UV for the upcoming dates and locations.

For more information, schedule updates, and to make an appointment, please contact Sally Edson at 603-448-1558 or sedson@gcscc.org.

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