DMU Grand Rounds - Oral Health Care in Iowa: Equal, Equitable, or Neither
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DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, five times more common than asthma. Despite being highly preventable, the American Academy for Pediatrics states that nearly 1 in 4 children ages 2-5 experience dental cavities. Dental treatment at this young age often requires outpatient surgery to treat effectively. Left untreated, children with active tooth decay may experience mouth pain, difficulty learning and concentrating, impaired eating, and delayed speech development.
Cavity Free Iowa is a medical-dental initiative, launched in 2017, focused on early oral health care and prevention of early childhood caries. Recognizing that young children often see their primary care provider on a routine basis for well-child visits, the goal of Cavity Free Iowa is to increase the number of children ages 0-35 months receiving preventive oral health services and dental referrals. Dental hygienists, serving as regional I-Smile Coordinators, are providing onsite oral health training for medical clinic staff to do oral screenings, risk assessments, fluoride varnish applications, and referrals to local dentists.
- Recognize that poor oral health is related to many systemic diseases.
- Differentiate between equal and equitable care.
- Recognize the difficulty that many face in obtaining an oral health provider.
- Act upon your role in the prevention of oral health diseases.
- Examine each mouth.
- Provide education on healthy habits.
- Apply fluoride varnish when appropriate.
- Discuss social determinants of health and structural barriers to adherence to better health plans.
- Use cultural humility in discussing oral and overall health.
Maren Lenhart, MPH
Community Impact Analyst, Delta Dental of Iowa
- Master of Public Health - Des Moines University
J. Michael Metts, DO, FAAP
Dr. Metts completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated with his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Metts has served as the founding member and medical director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at MercyOne Children’s Hospital. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Medicine and Specialty Medicine from 2002 to 2015 at Des Moines University. Dr. Metts is the Iowa American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health Advocate and the Iowa State Champion for the 100 Million Mouths Campaign working to increase oral healthcare knowledge and training for healthcare students and providers. He has partnered with the MercyOne Quality Committee and the American Cancer Society to deliver a curriculum to other medical providers on increasing vaccination rates against HPV-related cancers. Dr. Metts is active in the community as a member of Cavity Free Iowa, focused on improving the oral health of children 0-36 months of age in Iowa, providing fluoride varnish training to primary care providers, and developing relationships to improve medical-dental integration.
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- Maren Lenhart, MPH - Speaker
- J. Michael Metts, DO, FAAP - Speaker
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- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 1.00 CPME
- 1.00 IBON
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