MONTEREY BAY DENTAL HYGIENISTS’ ASSOCIATION IS PROUD TO PRESENT AN EXCITING AND NOT TO BE MISSED PRESENTATION BY NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SPEAKER BETSY REYNOLDS, RDH, MS
“The Other Vital Signs: Beyond Pulse, Respiration, Temperature and Blood Pressure Rates in Oral and Systemic Health”
SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST, 2017
EMBASSY SUITES SEASIDE/MONTEREY
1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Seaside, CA 93955
This exceptional opportunity to have Betsy here to inspire us by her innovative thinking will inspire you while providing the most contemporary clinical and scientific evidence available!
COURSE AND SPEAKER INFORMATION:
Oral and medical healthcare providers regularly check vital signs such as heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure to determine the health status of patients seeking their care. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual's level of physical functioning and to provide treatment modification strategies to render safe, effective treatment. While monitoring these vital signs is an integral component of determining health status, clinicians often overlook other components of vitality that play important roles in oral and physical fitness. This course is designed to provide clinicians with valuable information about how to identify and address patient vitality deficiencies in order to maximize oral health.
Following the course, the participant will be able to:
• Describe how sleep impacts health and disease
• Recognize the negative effects of stress on oral and systemic health
• Identify how methods of communication affect health and well-being
• Discuss the importance of water and hydration in oral health
• Summarize how vitamin D and sun exposure impacts vitality
Registration Download: The Other Vital Signs
34 Low-Income Seniors Receive Free Dental Care
Dientes’ Give Seniors A Smile Day Makes a Difference
(Santa Cruz, CA) October 15th marked a day of smiles for many underserved seniors in our community. Dientes Community Dental Care celebrated Give Seniors A Smile Day by partnering with 7 volunteer hygienists from the Monterey Bay Dental Hygienists’ Association to provide 34 low income, uninsured seniors with free dental care. The value of services delivered for free totaled over $19,000 and included oral health exams, cleanings, extractions and restorative care. Dientes also partnered with Santa Cruz Community Health Centers to assess Medi-Cal eligibility on-site and Grey Bears in order to identify seniors most in need.
Seniors on Medicare have no dental benefits except for extreme situations. This means seniors living in Santa Cruz County have limited options for treating cavities or receiving root canals or denture services.
Patient Yvonne McDowell lives on a fixed income in a local senior community. Though she describes her overall oral health as good, she still wouldn’t have been able to afford the few procedures she needed without Dientes. "I am very grateful for their services. Other people in my community aren’t as lucky—they need a lot of work, but I refer as many people I can to Dientes."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 5 American seniors no longer have any teeth. Dientes Dental Director Dr. Sepi Walthard explains, “Even though seniors are largely without dental insurance, our senior patients are often in need of the most care due to their aging teeth and inconsistent oral health care. This day helps address this need and encourages volunteerism.”
Leslie Eggleston, RDHBS, of the Monterey Bay Dental Hygienists’ Association comments, “Our volunteer hygienists want to help provide a better quality of life for our community’s seniors and Give Seniors A Smile Day is a great way to get involved.”
Dientes is a nonprofit dental clinic that will provides care for nearly 10,000 patients in over 32,000 visits this year at two clinics and 35 outreach locations throughout the county. Give Seniors A Smile Day was held in the main Santa Cruz clinic. Dientes has recently expanded access to care for homeless seniors, adults and children by providing services at a 1-chair Outreach clinic at the Homeless Services Center.
Brenda Rodriguez, Patricia Anderson, Marisela Galvan, and Leslie Eggleston of the Monterey Bay Dental Hygienists’ Association and Dr. Sepi Walthard of Dientes provided care during Give Seniors A Smile Day on October 15, 2016.