CINCINNATI. Nov. 21, 2011. The HealthCare Connection’s Dental Center has been honored by the DentaQuest Institute and the National Network for Oral Health Access as a “Center of Excellence that has displayed leadership in oral health practice management and has improved the oral health status of its patients.” The award was presented at the National Primary Oral Health Conference in October.
“This recognition shows that we are making a difference for our patients,” says Lynda Roberts-Riddle, D.D.S., director of The HealthCare Connection’s Dental Center. “Instead of putting out fires, we are creating treatment plans, educating our patients and monitoring their progress while at the same time being fiscally responsible.” She also stresses the importance of integrating physical and oral health.
“Sometimes people forget how important oral health is as a component of medical health. Our focus is providing a patient centered health home, which encompasses both medical and dental health” says Dolores Lindsay, CEO of The HealthCare Connection. “We’re very proud of the work that Dr. Riddle and her team have done to improve the oral health of our patients.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health, oral care is the top unmet health care need for children and low-income adults in Ohio. Twenty-three percent of children in third grade and 28 percent of 3-5 year old Head Start children have untreated cavities. Almost half of low-income adults have had at least one tooth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease. “Oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of our patients and plays a critical role in their self-esteem and ability to succeed in work and school,” says Dr. Riddle.