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Watch Your Mouth Says, “Healthy Communities, Thriving Children”

Watch Your Mouth’s newest advertorial, “Healthy Communities, Thriving Children,” was featured on the today’s opinions page in the Boston Globe: History shows us that when Massachusetts’ residents put their minds to something, they can make a difference. Together, we have acted to provide health and dental care to all residents and our health reform program has become a model across the country. Our support of health care reform stems from the recognition that our state is stronger when its communities are healthy: children progress in school, and adults stay in the workforce. Now, more than... Read more »

National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: Keeping the Mouth in the Body

Massachusetts has long been a leader in health reform, and oral health advocates have worked to ensure that oral health is a part of this important work. National health reform will be good for Massachusetts, because it will strengthen oral health in the Commonwealth. Oral health is an essential part of overall health. Dental decay is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth and is the most common chronic childhood disease. If left untreated, dental disease can impact other chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and can interfere with basic life activities, such as... Read more »

Legislative and Community Oral Health Heroes Honored at the State House

Today in Nurses Hall, Watch Your Mouth and Health Care For All celebrated the 5th Annual Oral Health Heroes Event. Several individuals in the legislature and our communities who have demonstrate outstanding leadership in oral health advocacy and/or a strong commitment to improving the state of oral health in the Commonwealth were named this year’s Oral Health Heroes. This year's legislative honorees are Senator Steven Panagiotakos and Representative Ellen Story. Senator Panagiotakos, while serving in a leadership role as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, was instrumental in... Read more »

Celebrate Oral Health -- Watch Your Mouth Oral Health Heroes Event Thursday

Every year, individuals in the legislature and our communities demonstrate outstanding leadership in oral health advocacy and/or a strong commitment to improving the state of oral health in the Commonwealth. This week, Watch Your Mouth and Health Care For All are teaming up to honor these individuals at the 5th Annual Oral Health Heroes Event. Please join us in thanking these individuals and celebrating our accomplishments over the past year: Thursday, February 25, 11am-12 noon, Massachusetts State House, Nurses Hall. Read more »

Thanks South Hadley! Oral Health Forum Brought new Stakeholders to the Table

Last week, parents, educators, pediatricians, and dentists gathered at the Criterion Rise and Shine Academy in South Hadley to talk about oral health, fluoride varnish, and current oral health legislation in Massachusetts and in their own community. Representative John Scibak kicked off the event, introducing Dr. Giusy Romano-Clarke, a pediatrician, to talk about the importance of oral health to overall health. Following Dr. Romano-Clarke, Dr. Tony Boschetti told the crowd about fluoride varnish, a simple, effective preventive treatment that can be applied to kids as soon as their first teeth... Read more »

South Hadley Discussion on Oral Health Friday

This coming Friday, February 12, Representative Scibak, Anthony Boschetti, DMD, and Guisy Romano-Clarke, MD, will be hosting an informational forum about the importance of fluoride varnish and children’s oral health. The event will be held in South Hadley at the Criterion-Rise and Shine Academy (30 Old Lyman Road) from 10am-11am. Oral health is an essential part of overall health. Dental decay is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth and is the most common chronic childhood disease. If left untreated, dental disease can interfere with basic life activities, such as eating, speaking... Read more »

Oral Health in the Spotlight

As we celebrate Children’s Oral Health Month and work to ensure that oral health is protected in the budget, the media has made a point to highlight the importance of oral health and the link to overall health. Read more »

Oral Health Caucus Meeting Wednesday

The Massachusetts Legislative Oral Health Caucus meets Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm in Room 437 at the State House. Formed in 2005, and believed to be the first in the nation, the group’s main purpose is to educate members of the General Court about the importance of oral health and its connection to overall health. The Caucus develops legislative, budgetary and regulatory strategies to improve oral health policy in the Commonwealth. Tomorrow’s meeting will focus heavily on oral health in the budget, with presentations from caucus co-chairs Representative John Scibak and... Read more »

DPH Looks At Oral Health

At last week’s Public Health Council meeting, Commissioner John Auerbach presented the 2009 Betsy Lehman Center Patient Safety Recognition Awards. This annual award was established in 2005 to recognize leadership and innovation in patient safety, including public awareness, education and promotion of systems-based solutions through the implementation of best practices. Eligible applicants and nominees include health care facilities, organizations and individuals. The award was presented to both Marlborough Hospital, and the UMass Medical Division of Cardiac Surgery. Commissioner Auberbach... Read more »

Oral health stakeholders move closer to finalizing oral health plan

Yesterday, about 75 people from across the state met to discuss a new plan for improving the oral health of the Commonwealth. This movement, lead by the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition (BOHMA), is a broad-based statewide collaborative of programs, providers (dentists, dental hygienists, physicians and other health providers), lawmakers, state oral health officials, insurers, health advocates, policy leaders and consumers in communities from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. With a focus on improving access to care for all, reducing disparities and promoting equity in Massachusetts’... Read more »

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