New Carlisle Community Health Center
“I would have let my teeth go bad,” says Francisco as dental hygienist Amanda Jay undertakes his dental cleaning. If the New Carlisle Community Health Center were not in existence, Francisco would have had virtually nowhere else to turn for his oral health care. This reality has been stated time and time again, as the dental staff in the newly opened New Carlisle Community Health Center (September 2010) treat numerous patients who have had little or no oral health care in the past. Dr. Theodore Terry, staff dentist, was surprised to see the number of patients needing full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Terry says, “Patients of all ages experience rampant dental caries. If they still have some of their teeth, older clients live with advanced periodontal disease. More troubling, all clients lack general knowledge regarding oral health care compounded by unfounded fears of treatment. The stage is now set for health care models to establish new standards to treat and promote a better level of overall health working to break the established habit of using the local Emergency Room for a toothache.”
The dental team spends a great deal of time establishing relationships of trust and interaction with clients to inform them of their current oral health status, outline treatment options while continuously reinforcing scrupulous home care most often spoken using the family’s first language at home, Spanish. Health Center Director, Lorena Royer clearly sees the benefits of providing a bi-lingual staff to assist the large client base of Hispanic migrant /seasonal farm workers. Education is crucial to the population in this five county region since oral health care had been a luxury many could not afford until the health center opened. Once established as a medical patient, this population now has access to an integrated health system that will provide the whole range of health care services including medical, dental, behavioral, chiropractic and pharmaceutical to maximize improved health, all in an affordable and patient-centered setting.
Funding for the new health center, particularly the dental portion of services has come from a Health Resources and Services Grant, an Ohio Department of Health - Dental Safety Net Grant, and a grant from The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio. Future plans include offering nitrous oxide sedation, crown and bridge services and establishing an active relationship with a local medical center.
Oral health services offered at the New Carlisle Community Health Center include exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnish, sealants, fillings, extractions, root canals, partials and dentures. Patients can also be seen for emergency visits (e.g. dental trauma, facial swellings and abscesses).
The health center is located at 106 N Main Street, New Carlisle OH 45344 and open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am - 7:00pm and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00am - 5:00pm. For more information, call 937-667-1122.
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