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Health Care Provider Resources

FLOSS (Facilitating Long-term Oral health SkillS)
It is well known that oral health is associated with increased risk of a variety of systemic conditions, such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Oral health influences how someone talks, chews, eats and tastes food, and behaves socially. Unfortunately, oral health is generally very poor among residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities where chronic gingivitis, cavities, missing teeth and chewing difficulties are very common. Many of these conditions lead to discomfort and pain for the affected residents.

The broad, long-term goal of this project is to improve the skills of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in long term care facilities in order to improve early identification and intervention of oral health problems as well as support proper daily oral health management of their residents.

This project was funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

For more information, view the FLOSS presentation.

SANDs (Special Adult Network of Dentists)
The Special Needs Directory of Dentists identifies dental offices and clinics who have reported that they are comfortable providing care to patients with special health care needs in South Carolina.

This web based directory provides a current listing of dentists who have reported that they will treat patients with mild and/or moderate-severe manifestations of a number of different developmental and acquired special needs. This Special Needs Directory of Dentists is a product of a grant funded program named Project SANDs. Project SANDs (Special Adult Network of Dentists) is a program created through a joint effort between the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine and the Duke Endowment . The goal is to increase access to dental care for all patients with special needs in South Carolina. Patients may receive dental services here at the Special Needs Clinic of Medical University of South Carolina or in private offices or clinics which may be closer to home. Co PI’s for project SANDs are Dr. Elizabeth S Pilcher, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Assessment and Dr. Michelle Ziegler, Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Director of the Division of Special Care Dentistry, James B Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina. The SANDs program coordinator is Joan McLauren (843-876-0059). Please contact her or Lisa Summerlin (843-792-9474) if you need further information about Project SANDs.

Connecting Smiles SC
The goal of the Connecting Smiles initiative is to promote and support a collaborative relationship that reaches the citizens of South Carolina, particularly pregnant women and families with young children. Medical and Dental providers can play an important role in improving the oral health of young children and their families by providing risk assessments, preventive care and patient education.

Smiles For Life
Smiles for Life is a national oral health curriculum developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health. They produce educational resources to ensure the integration of oral health and primary care.

 Oral Health Integration
The goal of the Oral Health Integration (PDF) in Primary Care project was to prepare primary care teams to address oral health and to improve referrals to dentistry through the development and testing of a framework and toolset. The project was administered by Qualis Health and built upon the learnings of 19 field-testing sites in Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, and Massachusetts, who received implementation support from their primary care association.