**The Mighty molar program is a portable dental program. We do not have a on-site clinic to provide treatment and do not take appointments for dental services. This is a school based program only.
What is “good oral health”?
Good oral health means more than healthy teeth. Your ‘oral cavity’ is the name for everything inside your mouth: teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, and throat. Good oral health means that:
- Teeth have strong enamel to protect them;
- Any caries (teeth cavities) are filled;
- Gums are healthy, with no pain, sores or bright red areas;
- Other parts of the mouth are free of sores and pain;
- Any birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate, or other disorders of the mouth have been treated.
What We Do For Oral Health
The BRDHD Mighty Molar Dental Service brings basic dental care to children and pregnant women where they are: in schools, day cares, Head Start, the Health Department, and even the Ob-GYN office. (The Mighty molar program is a portable dental program. We do not have a on-site clinic to provide treatment and do not take appointments for dental services. This is a school based program only.) Services offered include:
Parent permission – Parents must give written permission before we can see children. Before we visit a school, day care, Head Start, or other location, their staff help us by sending home our permission forms, and asking parents to return them. Some locations will ask parents to sign these forms at the beginning of the school year, just as we do for School Nurse services. Without this written permission, we cannot see your child!
Many people in the eight BRDHD counties do not have access to regular dental services. Many cannot afford to see a Dentist, and do not have dental insurance. Some people do not have transportation. Others might have Medicaid, which covers many dental services, but they cannot find a Dentist who takes the Medicaid Card.
The BRDHD Dental Services Branch was formed to increase the number of Access Points for dental care, to help more people get basic treatment and education. We see all patients regardless of ability to pay. How can we afford this? We bill Medicaid for all covered individuals, and try to stretch our funding from other sources. The services does not try to compete with community Dentists, but to partner with them.
In Kentucky, one of our biggest oral health problems is lack of understanding about the importance of good oral health, of good personal oral hygiene practices, and of seeing a dentist regularly. Many people, even with dental insurance, simply do not see a dentist often enough. BRDHD staff in every discipline have pledged to step up their educational efforts about oral health and regular dental care.
We welcome the partnership of all dental health professionals in our service area, to help improve access to care, and to help us provide education to residents of all ages. We invite other organizations, employers, and business partners to join us in educating our citizens on how and why oral health is so important.
You can contact Stacy Trowbridge at (270) 781-8039, ext 171 or at Stacy.Trowbridge@barrenriverhealth.org.