ORAL CANCER: AN INSIDE LOOK
Nearly 36,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer and another 7,600 will die from the disease this year alone.¹ Oral Cancer is one of the most deadly and disfiguring forms of cancer, yet it is also one of the most preventable. Signs of oral cancer can be detected during a quick and painless oral cancer exams. The procedure involves an evaluation of the neck, head, mouth, gums, throat and tongue.
TOOTH WISDOM THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
As employees head closer to retirement, it is important they take action towards their oral and overall health. Studies from Oral Health America show that many people over the age of 65 lack dental insurance, as only about 10 percent of retirees have dental benefits from their former employer.¹
Tooth decay is common among older adults, and one of the best ways to combat tooth decay is seeking regular oral health checkups. Even if older employees have dentures, regular oral health checkups clean teeth and
DENTISTS ARE DISEASE DETECTIVES
In its continued commitment to improving the oral and
overall health of children in Georgia, the Renaissance
Family Foundation, an affiliate of Renaissance Dental,
will bring Brush!®, a literacy-based oral health education program, to Head Start programs in more than 40 Georgia counties. Created in partnership with the McMillen Center for Health Education, Brush! is a 52-week program aimed at improving the oral health and school readiness of children entering kindergarten.
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By providing your clients with dental coverage, they can get the preventive treatment they need to prevent the development of oral cancer.Providing your clients with the care they need is essential and a regular oral exam can help prevent or detect diseases before they spread.
We all know that oral cancer can change a life instantly, as this harmful disease affects employees' long term financially, physically, and emotionally.
As we focus on National Oral Cancer Awareness Month and preventive care solutions, provide your clients with the care and information they need in order to keep a happy and healthy workforce.
¹ Office of the Surgeon General. "National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health." 24 June 2011. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/oralhealth/nationalcalltoaction.html
The $35,000 grant from Renaissance allows more than 4,000 preschool-aged children, their parents/caregivers and 320 teachers across the state to take part in the comprehensive 52-week curriculum. Brush!® is unique because its lessons align with national Head Start domains and involves teachers, children and families. Students learn about dental health while also developing reading, science and math skills.
“March is National Reading Month which makes this grant particularly timely. Studies show that reading is a
key element to school success, and Brush!® is literacy based,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Renaissance Family Foundation. “Further, children miss 51 million hours of school a year due to oral health issues, and using the
Brush!® program to educate preschoolers and their families on good oral health will go a long way to ensuring
that children show up for school every day healthy, pain free and ready to learn.”
Throughout the program year, children will receive weekly lessons on the importance of good oral health. Additionally, the program has a strong parent education component that includes a monthly newsletter in both Spanish and English and a text messaging program. The newsletter teaches parents important hygiene tips for themselves and their children, how to read with their children to aid the development of language skills and the significance of healthy eating at the family table.
Georgia currently ranks 49th in the country in number of dentists per capita, with only 4.4 dentists per 10,000 people. There are 16 Georgia counties that do not have a single practicing dentist. Georgia Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve approximately 28,100 children. The problem is so vast that many children in Georgia ages five and under have already failed their dental exams and will need treatment to correct and often remove primary teeth.
“Severe pediatric dental decay can create a domino effect of issues that prevent children from reaching their full potential – from not starting school ready to learn, to the impact of the permanent teeth coming in decayed or out of alignment, potentially causing jaw pain for the rest of their lives,” said Holli Seabury, Brush!® CEO and author. “With assistance from the Renaissance Family Foundation, we are extremely excited to expand the reach of our Brush® curriculum to the great state of Georgia for the first time.”
This funding marks the Renaissance Family Foundation’s fourth grant to programs in Georgia, following grants to the Georgia Department of Public Health in 2014 and 2015 to support their school-based oral health programs, and to the Georgia Public Libraries in 2013. In total, the Renaissance Family Foundation has dedicated more than $120,000 in funds to improving children’s oral health and literacy across the state.
help prevent common causes of tooth decay. Plus, these visits can prevent minor problems from becoming painful, expensive ones.
By providing clients with healthy employees, especially as they get older, you can continually support the maintenance of good oral and overall health for loyal employees.
¹ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General - Executive Summary. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.