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Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

Renee and her guests Lacey McNary, a health policy consultant and principal of McNary and Associates and Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, a dentist working with the UK College of Dentistry Public Health Division's Western Kentucky Dental Outreach Program and chair of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, discuss the state of oral health in Kentucky.
S11 E30 Length 28:21 Premiere: 5.20.16

Improving Oral Health Literacy and Access in Kentucky

The commonwealth’s alarmingly high rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are well known. But another medical problem that doesn’t get as much publicity is just as critical to the well-being of Kentuckians: oral health.

Two representatives from the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss the importance of having good teeth and efforts to address the oral health challenges in the state. Dr. Laura Hancock Jones is a dentist with the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry’s Western Kentucky Dental Outreach Program, and Lacey McNary is a health policy consultant in Louisville.

The Roots of Poor Oral Health
Consider a few facts: 40 percent of Kentucky children have never been to a dentist. One in four older Kentuckians don’t have their original teeth. In 2011 alone, some 16,000 uninsured or underinsured citizens went to their local emergency room for dental care. Poor oral health can contribute to other physical problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and possibly even Alzheimer’s. It can impact how students learn.

“There’s thousands of children on a daily basis attending school with pain that is totally preventable,” McNary says. “It is really hurting them with their success rates in school and otherwise overall well-being.”

McNary and Jones attribute Kentucky’s poor oral health to a variety of factors. First, there’s a lack of access to dentists. Jones says 42 percent of all the dentists licensed in the state work in either Fayette or Jefferson Counties. As a result, people who live in poorer neighborhoods and rural counties may have to travel significant distances for basic dental services, if they can get transportation to those practices. Another issue is that not all dentists accept Medicaid patients, which can limit access for impoverished Kentuckians.

Other factors include tobacco use and diet. Jones says individuals who smoke are six times more likely to develop periodontal disease. And she says foods rich in carbohydrates and beverages that are high in sugar create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that feed tooth-eating acids.

“The key point about oral health is you need to maintain that balance, so when things swing out of kilter in our mouth, it affects the environment in which the bacteria live,” Jones explains. “With the shift of acid in the mouth, it can really cause a lot of tooth decay to advance very rapidly.”

Finally, Jones says there’s poor dental hygiene. She says studies show that almost a third of the population never flosses, and brushing and flossing twice a day is recommended. She adds that fear also contributes to bad oral health outcomes.

“Dental and mental go together,” Jones says. “The fear and anxiety of dental treatment is real and it keeps people away until they are in that disaster-care mode.”

Improving Oral Health in the Commonwealth
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition was originally formed in 1990 as a collaborative of the dentistry programs at the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville. The coalition has advocated for dental health policies, conducted an extensive oral health survey, and developed the Smile Kentucky! educational curriculum and dental health program for schools.

The coalition fell dormant in 2006 but was revived in 2010 under the auspices of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Now, the coalition is completing a statewide dental health survey – the first for the commonwealth in 15 years. Jones says the results of that survey will be released in the fall and will help inform new initiatives the group hopes to pursue. McNary says their top priorities include getting oral health coverage added as a benefit to Medicare and increasing the number of dentists who accept Medicaid.

“We are really interested in trying to create a better environment for dentists who want to serve and can serve low-income patients, whether it’s increasing the reimbursement rate for them or making it easier for them to sign up into the Medicaid system,” McNary says.

Expanding Access to Rural Areas and Children
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition also advocates for more financial assistance to dental students. Jones says UK and U of L have state-sponsored dental school loan repayment programs, and she says some graduates are receiving incentives to locate in Appalachian communities. Jones says she’d like to see that program expand to cover other rural areas, including western Kentucky where she works.

Jones also wants to see more oral health programs in primary and secondary schools in Kentucky. She says 72 percent of districts have some sort of oral health initiative, but most of those are screenings performed on kindergarten children. Jones says 20 percent of school-based programs provide on-site screenings and only 16 percent of schools offer comprehensive dental care services.

The coalition also seeks to expand an initiative in which students have a protective sealant applied to their permanent molars. Jones says 40 percent of schools offer the program, which has shown to be highly effective in preventing tooth decay.

“Our safety net is growing, but the sustainability of those programs is always in jeopardy,” Jones says.

“Prevention really is a very low-cost solution to a lot of these problems,” adds McNary.

Read a comprehensive spring 2016 report on Kentucky’s oral health from researchers at SUNY-Albany.

foundation_logo2013This KET production is part of the Inside Oral Health Care initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Frank Minnifield - S8 E35

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  • Monday January 4, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday January 4, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday January 4, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday January 4, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday January 4, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

  • Sunday January 3, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday January 3, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday January 3, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday January 3, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday January 2, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday January 2, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Jakobi Williams - S8 E34

  • Friday January 1, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 1, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday January 1, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 1, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday January 1, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 1, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Beth Dotson Brown - S8 E31

  • Thursday December 31, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 31, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 31, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 31, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 31, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 31, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Lexington Artists - S8 E28

  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 30, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Byron Hurt - S8 E25

  • Tuesday December 29, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 29, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 29, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 29, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 29, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 29, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Janet Steele Holloway - S8 E24

  • Monday December 28, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 28, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 28, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 28, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 28, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 28, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Caroline Randall Williams

  • Sunday December 27, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 27, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday December 26, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 26, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Jane Beshear - S8 E21

  • Friday December 25, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 25, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 25, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 25, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 25, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 25, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Alexandra Bradner - S8 E20

  • Thursday December 24, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 24, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 24, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 24, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 24, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 24, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Thrivals 5.0 - S8 E19

  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 23, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Derek Anderson - S8 E18

  • Tuesday December 22, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 22, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 22, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 22, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 22, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 22, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Bianca Spriggs - S8 E16

  • Monday December 21, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 21, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 21, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 21, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 21, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 21, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

  • Sunday December 20, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 20, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday December 19, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 19, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Cathy Holloway Hill - S8 E15

  • Friday December 18, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 18, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 11 Episodes

Businessman Phil Wilkins

S11 E43 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 8.19.16

Training Business Leaders

S11 E42 Length 26:21 Premiere Date 8.12.16

NBA Great Dominique Wilkins

S11 E41 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 8.5.16

DEA Agent Gary Tuggle

S11 E40 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 7.29.16

Addiction and Public Health Reform

S11 E39 Length 29:11 Premiere Date 7.22.16

Addiction and the Criminal Justice System

S11 E38 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 7.15.16

Addiction in Rural Communities

S11 E37 Length 29:26 Premiere Date 7.7.16

Addiction and Mental Health

S11 E36 Length 29:06 Premiere Date 7.1.16

Recovery Services for Inmates

S11 E35 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 6.24.16

Veterans Treatment Court

S11 E34 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 6.17.16

Opioid Epidemic in Northern Ky.

S11 E33 Length 27:21 Premiere Date 6.10.16

Treatment Models for Addiction

S11 E32 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 6.3.16

Jazz Vocalist Jessie Laine Powell

S11 E31 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 5.27.16

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

S11 E30 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5.20.16

Dr. Kishonna Gray on Gaming

S11 E29 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 5.13.16

Advocating for Victims Rights

S11 E28 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 5.6.16

Advice for Parents on Coping Techniques

S11 E27 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 4.29.16

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson

S11 E26 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4.22.16

Secretary Grimes on Voting Access

S11 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.15.16

Child Abuse and Neglect

S11 E24 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4.8.16

Overcoming Eating Disorders

S11 E21 Length 28:59 Premiere Date 2.26.16

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton

S11 E19 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 2.12.16

Remembering Georgia Davis Powers

S11 E18 Length 29:31 Premiere Date 2.5.16

Giving Students a Voice

S11 E17 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 1.29.16

Addressing Youth Violence

S11 E16 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 1.22.16

Professor Wayne Lewis

S11 E15 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 1.15.16

Ed. Commissioner Stephen Pruitt

S11 E14 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 1.8.16

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams

S11 E13 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 1.1.16

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear

S11 E11 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 12.11.15

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis

S11 E10 Length 29:03 Premiere Date 11.20.15

Ari Berman on Voting Rights

S11 E9 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.13.15

Poet Allison Joseph

S11 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.6.15

Journalist Dorothy Gilliam

S11 E7 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.30.15

Author Jacinda Townsend

S11 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.9.15

Kellie Blair Hardt

S11 E5 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 10.2.15

Childhood Cancer

S11 E4 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.25.15

Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia

S11 E3 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 9.18.15

Manny Caulk

S11 E2 Length 28:09 Premiere Date 9.11.15

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

S11 E1 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 9.3.15

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