Here is this week’s AAPHD policy fact of the week:
A recent article from the Journal of Public Health dentistry titled “Broken smiles: The impact of untreated dental caries and missing anterior teeth on employment” examined the impact of routine dental visit on anterior teeth health, employment, and the benefits of expanding dental coverage for non-elderly adults.
Results showed that the probability of being employed was negatively associated with poor oral health.
This shows that physical appearance influences social interaction. Those who decayed or missing anterior teeth were from low-income households or from ethnic minorities who lacked dental insurance and access to dental care.
Expansion of dental care in Medicaid could positively influence the employment rate. This could also lead to overall decreased costs to emergency departments, to the state, and in the end allow more individuals to make a livable wage.
Over 60 people came down to the 2nd floor to toast the art and success of the Fresh Art Project! Participants climbed the stairs and viewed the beautiful photographs and asked when we could do this again. Dr. Hanlon thanked The Dean for his commitment to the project and Nancy Marks for making it all happen. Want to know whose art is where?
Happy June TUSDM! As May comes to a close, we’d like to highlight the amazing bulletin board on the 7th floor by LGBTQA. Check out what Tufts Pride is up to this weekend here!
We are now beginning to fill the sign up sheet for the Bulletin Boards for the upcoming school year! Check out this link to sign up your student organization and get a month of the Bulletin Board spotlight 🙂
A recent CDC National Health Interview Survey found that a third of adults ages 65 and older had dental insurance in 2017, and the percent covered decreased with an increase in age.
Older adults living below the FPL were less likely to have dental insurance and to have visited the dentist, and more likely to have an unmet need for dental care due to cost compared with older adults living 200% above the FPL. An unmet need for dental care was defined as having a dental related problem but not being able to address it because of cost.
This report provides evidence to support adding routine dental care to Medicare, as outlined in S.1423 Medicare and Medicaid Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2019. Medicare currently does not cover routine dental care.
Enjoy some pictures from the Army Commissioning that was held last Friday May 17th at Fenway Park. Toria Koutras (D19) and Eugene Paek (D19) were commissioned that morning. They were joined by some of their classmates as well as Brent Mullen (D20).
Comprised of 40 dedicated students, staff, faculty and friends, the Tufts Ruck team raised $25,064 this year at the annual Tough Ruck held on Sunday April 14th. Only four other teams registered for the 2019 Tough Ruck raised more funds than Team Tufts Ruck! In 2018, our novice 50-member team raised $14,470 for a combined total of $39,534 over our first two years in the Tough Ruck.
Congrats to Gabby Lieberman (D19) and Anne Marie Vu (D19) for being awarded the Presidential Award for Civic Life. This prestigious awards recognize students from across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership during their time at Tufts. Pictured below are Nancy Marks, Prof. Irina Dragan, Gabby, Taylor, Anne Marie and Anne Marie’s mother.
A Deep Dive into the Connections Between Oral and Behavioral Health”
Families USA and Mental Health America discuss the interaction between oral and mental health and its consequences, showing the many barriers to good oral health experienced by this population.
For people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders, good oral health is especially important.
However, with all the medications being prescribed, they often cause dry mouth, which may result in painful swelling and stomatitis, thrush, and hypersalivation, further exacerbating oral health problems.
The CDC estimates that over a lifetime, close to 50% of Americans will be affected by some type of behavioral health issue.
With such large numbers, it is time to start pursuing policies that integrates mental health and oral health into the conversation.
This issue is the second issue of the District I’s Newsletter, “Pulp Fiction.” This issue focuses on the similarities and differences between each school in the District. We have identified the ideal study spots from Connecticut to Maine, showcased our talented District I dental students, and showed you that we all go through similar everyday struggles.