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So far Mahak Kalra has created 29 blog entries.

KET’s Health Three60: “The Hidden Life of Your Mouth”

Photo courtesy of KET Kentucky Educational Television (KET) recently featured the Health Three60 episode, “The Hidden Life of Your Mouth.” The episode focused on poor oral health as a gateway to systemic health problems, successful school-based prevention programs, and how oral health impacts quality of life and employment. Review highlights and watch the full episode below. Dr. Julie McKee, Kentucky’s state dental director, and Dr. Steve Wrightson, Medical Director of Bluegrass Community Health [...]

By | 2016-07-19T11:17:41+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Blog, Health|

Nearly 2,000 Student Oral Health Screenings Will Make Smiles Happen

Good oral health is an integral component of healthy development and optimal childhood learning. Children free from dental pain and infection can focus on their schooling. Tooth decay and other dental diseases can not only have long-lasting impacts on a child’s ability to learn, but also to speak and eat. That is why the Making Smiles Happen Surveillance Initiative is a critical assessment in monitoring Kentucky children’s oral health status. Conducting a statewide survey of children’s [...]

By | 2016-06-01T16:03:05+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Blog, Health|

Reconnect, Evaluate, and Look Forward: The 2015 Kentucky Oral Health Summit

The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Glick, reviewing the connections between oral infections and general health On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) held the first statewide oral health summit in the state in nearly four years. The theme of this year’s summit was “Reconnect, Evaluate, and Look Forward.” Throughout the day, summit participants had the opportunity to learn and share information, network, and work with fellow oral health advocates [...]

By | 2015-12-09T17:44:45+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Oral Health 2020’s Progress

After the Oral Health 2020 National Network Gathering a month ago, it’s time to reflect on the progress this initiative has made since launching last year. We are proud partners in this network and are moving forward to achieve these bold goals by 2020.  Oral Health 2020 is an effort to strengthen and unify the oral health network, build upon current initiative strategies, and expand impact. Oral Health 2020 investments are structured around the realization of a vision for improved oral health: "to [...]

By | 2015-11-25T09:49:30+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Blog, Health|

It’s Not Too Late to Register for the 2015 Kentucky Oral Health Summit!

The 2015 Kentucky Oral Health Summit is just a few short weeks away and we would love for you to join us! As part of its ongoing efforts to improve oral health care and access, the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC), in collaboration with its partners from across the state, will host a statewide oral health summit on November 20, 2015 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. This event is FREE for all. CEU’s will be available for [...]

By | 2015-11-04T14:33:48+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Oral Health Matters for Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, women have many things to think about, but it’s also important for them to “think teeth.” The health of a woman’s teeth is actually linked to the health of her child. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has an excellent, free-to-order flyer that can be used by dental clinics, community health centers, WIC clinics, and other settings to educate women about protecting their teeth and gums. Education is crucial because four out [...]

By | 2015-07-16T10:10:09+00:00 July 16th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Save the Date for the 2015 Kentucky Oral Health Summit

Oral health remains one of the most pressing unmet healthcare needs in Kentucky. As part of its ongoing efforts to improve oral health care and access, the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC), in collaboration with its partners from across the state, will host a statewide oral health summit on November 20, 2015. Please join us! The 2015 Kentucky Oral Health Summit will bring together hundreds of leaders from diverse fields in the oral health community, [...]

By | 2015-06-18T09:38:19+00:00 June 18th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Let’s Connect Kids to Coverage

Right now, an estimated 3.7 million children in our country are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage—which includes dental care. Their parents or caregivers may not know how to enroll or even realize that their children are eligible. Let’s do our part to reach these families and help connect children to coverage. CHIP and Medicaid provide access to oral health care for millions of children in the [...]

By | 2015-03-17T10:45:23+00:00 March 17th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Kicking Off Children’s Dental Health Month

Every February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month with a goal to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. The ADA, in collaboration with dental professionals, health care providers, and oral heath advocates, has worked consistently to spread the message of the importance of children’s oral health to communities across the country. Kentucky's State Legislature also took part in recognizing the importance of children's oral health. House Resolution 61, [...]

By | 2015-02-11T11:16:13+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Blog, Health, Kids Count|

Smile This Holiday Season by Joining the Kentucky Smile Team

University of Kentucky first year dental students are a part of the #KySmileTeam. The holiday season brings about many reasons for families to smile, from holiday light displays to opening gifts. Oral health and the holidays are even celebrated in the song “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” But many Kentuckians don’t have perfect smiles this holiday season. You are in the unique position to influence health outcomes by [...]

By | 2014-12-23T10:45:19+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Blog, Health|