Oral health is essential to general health and well-being throughout the lifespan, and is a marker for overall health status. Research and other advances in oral health over the past 50 years have led to safe and effective means of maintaining oral health andpreventing dental cavities and periodontal disease. However, in the U.S. there are significant disparities in oral health among low-income and minority children. Dental cavities, the most common chronic childhood disease, has shifted from being a universal health problem to one primarily afflicting low-income children, those typically covered by Medicaid.
In addition to providing dental care to disadvantaged populations, both on location atour office and through the use of the acquired Super Dental Mobile; ELF will also provide dental education and training with collaborating organizations, i.e., programs atschools, community programs; foster care homes, transitional housing facilities and other grassroots initiatives.
Our programs include the following:
- Mobile dental care and health screening
- Sponsor 1 Free Day of Dentistry a month at our office: this will be for veterans, underpriviledged individuals who may not be able to afford basic dental care
- Sponsor more extensive treatment for children such as braces. This will help improve confidence in kids
- Sponsor business mentoring for disadvantaged individuals who may want to start a business