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Lorain County Health & Dentistry

Lorain County Health & Dentistry

Lorain County Health & Dentistry (LCH&D) is a community health center providing primary and preventive medical and dental care to all persons based on their ability to pay. The center is the only safety net provider of medical and dental care in the county. LCH&D is the only provider of Medicaid dental services to children aged zero to eighteen months (we provide anticipatory guidance and fluoride varnish applications as soon as the child has teeth) in Lorain County and the only Medicaid provider accepting new patients for dental services of any age in the city of Lorain.

The dental clinic began operations on February 1, 2005, with significant funds from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Oral Health Section “Access to Dental Care Program”, as well as tremendous local support (Nord Family Foundation, Stocker Foundation and Community Foundation of Lorain County). LCH&D opened with five operatories and recently, using ODH funds, its eighth and final operatory was added to aid access to care and increase efficiency.

The LCH&D dental program provides comprehensive general dentistry to persons of all ages. Services include examinations, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, emergency care (including minor extractions, pain relief and trauma) and fillings. Complete and partial dentures will soon be offered.

LCH&D is proud to be on the cutting edge by utilizing a mid-level provider, an Oral Preventive Assistant (OPA) to improve access to care and to help become a self-sustaining dental clinic. OPA services include partnering with the dentists and hygienist to perform coronal polishing, oral hygiene education, anticipatory guidance and placement of sealants. She has a full schedule of patients two and a half days per week treating patients age 8 and under.

LCH&D recently became federally funded as part of President Obama's stimulus package. Prior to that time the clinic came very close to being forced to close and leave 13,000 patients (4,000 dental patients) without an established medical or dental home. As a result, LCH&D was honored to be spotlighted on the PBS news program, “The Jim Lehrer News Hour” on Tuesday May 22, 2009. Check out the story and extended footage at www.pbs.org/newshour, keyword “Health Centers.”

Staff, Lorain County Health & Dentistry Lorain County Health & Dentistry

June 2009


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