Sun Journal: Caroline Zimmerman: Oral Health Access an Issue for Many Mainers
Dr. Michelle Mazur-Kary, president of the Maine Dental Association, wrote in her guest column (Feb. 3) about Maine’s “A” grade from the Pew Center on the States for dental sealants.
We wholeheartedly agree that the dental sealant grade is an important indication that Maine is doing well on prevention. However, in a separate evaluation, Pew found that Maine is performing much worse in providing care for those already suffering from dental disease.
A key part of the past success around prevention and dental sealants has been due to the collaborative approach that Maine has taken. Primary care providers, dental assistants, dental hygienists and dentists are able to apply dental sealants.
According to a December 2012 study (which the MDA helped fund), recent innovations in expanding the dental team for prevention has also increased access to care.