What's in a Smile?
A Look at Oral Health in Oregon
Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon
Isn't Oregon a progressive state? The statistics paint a different picture when it comes to oral health. Fewer than half the women in Oregon seek needed dental care during pregnancy. Sixteen-thousand school hours are lost in Oregon due to dental pain or visits. Adults aren't exempt from oral disease. One in five Oregonians between ages 65 and 74 in our state have lost all their teeth. Compared to the nationwide median, Oregon rates consistently lower in the percentage of adults who've had their teeth cleaned in the past year; this goes across all categories: age, race, sex, education level and income.
Education is a step in the right direction. Join us next week to help Oregonians take a collective step forward in improving oral health.
Moderator: Gary Allen, D.M.D., M.S., Dental Director, Willamette Dental Insurance
Gordon Empey, D.M.D., M.P.H.; Consultant, Oregon Department of Human Services; Clinical Assistant Professor, OHSU School of Dentistry
Val Haynes, R.N., Consultant, Health and Nutrition, Lane County Head Start
Bob Johnson, D.M.D., Chair, Department of Community Dentistry, OHSU; Director, Russell Street Clinic
Mike Shirtcliff, D.M.D., President and CEO, The Advantage Community
Bill Ten Pas, D.M.D., Senior Vice President, Dental Services, The ODS Companies