Agnesian HealthCare Foundation annual appeal to help broaden dental care
There are currently 300 children in Fond du Lac County waiting for care and thousands of other children going without dental care services. In addition, adults are currently unable to access the county’s Save a Smile program.
As of January 2012, Fond du Lac County has 6,000 children and 6,000 adults eligible for Medicaid. Funds are essential to providing service to patients with Medicaid.
The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation is targeting its 2012 annual appeal to help raise funds to increase dental access through Fond du Lac County’s Save a Smile children’s dental program.
“A thorough dental exam and proper treatment are important on many levels,” says Catherine McGalloway, DDS, Twohig Family Dentistry, who is serving as the Foundation’s annual appeal chairperson. “First, it is integral to the health of an individual’s mouth in order to avoid further breakdown, decay, infection and tooth loss. Second, dental health affects physical and emotional health. Third, a health smile can increase a person’s self-confidence.”
However, as families face tough economic times, some choose to delay dental treatment or forgo care altogether.
“Through the community’s generous support, we want to provide families with some relief so they can benefit from healthy gums and teeth,” says Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “We want to help provide these important resources so area children and their families can experience the same benefits as others through regular dental checkups. Teeth are one of the most vital parts of our body.”
The Fond du Lac County Save a Smile children’s dental program was created to meet the basic preventive and restorative dental needs of Fond du Lac County residents, 18 years and younger, with Medical Assistance insurance. The program is based out of the Fond du Lac County Health Department.
Eligibility and enrollment are determined by the county’s oral health coordinator - a registered dental hygienist. Dental services are then provided by local dentists who have agreed to participate and provide quality treatment at a discounted fee to patients in their own office.
Agnesian HealthCare has made a commitment to support the Save a Smile program for four consecutive years, and Agnesian HealthCare Foundation annual appeal funds will also help enhance the county’s ability to expand dental access to children and adults with Medicaid.
To make a contribution, contact the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation at (920) 926-4959. The annual appeal runs through December 31, 2012.