Dentistry and Rotary International

Being a dentist and being a fairly new member of Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary, I decided to look up projects Rotary might be doing in my field.

I found that there are manydental projects being partially if not totally supported by Rotarians around the world.

In the US, Green Bay Rotarians helpeddevelop a mobile van serving youth in Green Bay, WI. Area. Other Rotarians around the US sponsor dental projects within their own local communities.

American based Rotary clubs have an impressive number of dental projects around the world especially in Mexico, Central America and cooperate with projects with other clubs in India, the Cook Islands and even Azerbaijan.

A Canadian Rotarian writes, “We live in a disconnected word.  Rotary helps us to CONNECT…..to our local community and those on the other side of the world. Above all, Rotary helps us connect to the very best within ourselves.”

“Always professional and cheerful- very knowledgeable” 
– Francesca

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The Healthy People Vision

Healthy People 2020 was launched by the national government with a vision to have a society whose people live long healthy lives.  Some of the subjects being tackled include arthritis, blood disorders, cancer, diabetes, family planning, global health, hearing, immunizations, mental health, oral health, physical activity, respiratory, and sleep health, tobacco use and vision.

In my field, the goal of increasing the number of adults who receive preventive interventions in the dental office is most interesting.

The three parts to this goal include:

1.help patients with tobacco cessation

2. provide increased awareness and vigilance for oral and pharyngeal cancers. These cancers are increasing due to the involvement of a strain of the HPV virus.

3. to increase the number of patients referred for glycemic control.

For more detailed information, contact my office or Healthy People 2020 online.

Testimonial: “I find Dr. Everson and her entire staff to be exceptionally skilled, professional and warm and engaging…” – Mary

Introducing Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020 launched a 10-year national program with objectives for improving the health of all Americans. It covers many health objectives for the American people including Genomics, Dementias, Diabetes. Sleep Health, Substance Abuse and Preparedness among a few.

For dentists, the Oral Health objectives are broken down into 17 separate areas and those are broken into goals for each objective.

  Sealants is goal #13 under oral health and the target is to increase the number of children, up through age 15 who receive sealants on their teeth.

The goal is to increase the number of children receiving sealants by 10%.  Right now only 25.5% of U.S. children aged 6-9 receive sealants on one or more of their permanent molars. The goal is to increase the amount 10% or up to 28.1% over 10 years.

Personally, that seems like such slow progress. Next time, more on Healthy People 2020.

Testimonial: “I no longer feel anxiety before going to my appointment at your office” – Bonnie

Aging Dental Work

Today a patient said “I had many of my teeth worked on and completed in my 20’s and 30’s and now in my 60’s some of it has to be redone.  I thought once it was all done, it was done! It’s frustrating.”

Well, I agree with the frustration but let’s look at it another way. These restorations (fillings and crowns) have worked well for 30 to 40 years.

Think of the ways and how often you use your teeth and the abuse we sometimes put them through. They have been exposed to hot, cold, erosive and hard foods, and high pressure.

How many items exposed to this of kind use would not need refurbishing in 30 or 40 years?

Natural teeth are meant to be used but they do wear and break,  and so do man-made dental restorations.

Testimonial:

“Dr. Everson put my dental health first… Very informative, thorough and caring.  Staff is great.” – Tricia