FREE Dental Screening Clinic for Seniors
Schedule Your Free Appointment Now for October 20th Elder Dental Program’s Clinic in Taunton
Taunton, MA--Oral health is a key component of general health and wellbeing. Low income seniors in particular are struggling. According to a study by “Oral Health in America” close to 70 % of seniors do not have dental insurance. The primary reason seniors do not have dental insurance is that the two public health programs in Massachusetts (Medicaid and Medicare) provide little or no dental benefits. Seniors with limited means have few options for help affording dental care.
The Elder Dental Program of Community VNA in Attleboro seeks to reduce barriers to dental care by holding two free dental screening clinics per year. The fall clinic will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM at Harmony Adult Day Health Center, 725A Myles Standish Boulevard in Taunton. Seniors age 60 or over may schedule an appointment for a free dental screening by calling 774.203.1326. Appointments are open to seniors living in Massachusetts.
Clinic participants will receive a dental screening exam and will have the opportunity to discuss the findings with the dentist in the clinic’s relaxed, friendly setting. Dentists from the area, including Dr. Donald Pierce, of Attleboro Falls Family Dentistry volunteer to examine patients for problems with their teeth, gums, and dentures.
Participants will also be screened for oral cancers and have the opportunity to receive free denture cleaning and labeling provided by students from the Bristol Community College’s Dental Hygiene program. Students will also offer tips and answer questions about good oral hygiene. All students are under the supervision of their instructor as they participate in the screening clinic.
Nutritional information will be provided about food choices to those experiencing chewing problems, dry mouth, medication interactions, and other concerns.
“More than three-quarters of older adults in Massachusetts don’t have dental insurance,” explains Dr. Pierce, a dentist and planning committee co-chair. “Many of the seniors who attended the free screening clinic haven’t been to a dentist in a while, so they have concerns they want to discuss.
At the screening clinic we take time to talk with them and answer their questions.” It is the mission of the Elder Dental Program to support oral health needs and provide education for seniors. Studies have shown that lack of oral health care can lead to serious overall health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies link oral infections with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Most oral diseases are preventable. During the screening participants can also learn more about the Elder Dental Program, which helps low income seniors to access local dental services provided at reduced fees based on a sliding scale
Organized by Community VNA’s Elder Dental Program, the clinic has been underwritten by a grant from the United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, HarborOne Foundation, Bank of Canton, Walpole Cooperative Bank, Rodman Ford Sales Charitable Trust and is funded in part by a grant from Bristol Elder Services, Inc. through contracts with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
For more information, contact Christine Weylman, Elder Dental Program Coordinator by calling 774.203.1326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Community VNA
Community VNA has been dedicated to enhancing health, wellness and quality of life for more than 100 years, providing a range of services, including: Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Private Care, Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimer’s Assistance Program, as well as Lifeline Services and Annual Elder Dental Clinics.
Community VNA has been recognized as a 2017 HomeCare Elite Top 500 (ranked among the top 5% of home health care agencies nationwide). This recognition is based on publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementing patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance.
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