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The University of New Haven

Your Mouth is the Gateway to Good Health

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DTA Foundation

The University of New Haven (UNH) Dental Hygiene Program will launch a pilot project called Your Mouth is the Gateway to Good Health. It will collaborate with The Mary Wade Home and Tower One Tower East, two senior residential facilities in the city of New Haven where adults are at highest risk for dental problems. The project will improve the health of an under-served and vulnerable older adult population and assure access to culturally competent and quality oral health services. The team of student dental hygienists and  supervising dental hygiene educators will offer outreach, education and oral health screening services to more than 250 seniors, provide easy access to preventive dental services at the UNH campus-based dental clinic, and make referrals for simple dental emergency services to community dentists (denture reline, simple tooth extraction, broken tooth). In-service workshops will be presented to direct care staff (RNs, LPNs, CNAs) at each residential home facility to prepare them to be better able to reinforce daily oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing with the older adults in their care.