According to the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, tooth decay is five times as prevalent as asthma, making it the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States.
A.T. Still University‘s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Teledentistry Program is battling this statistic by bringing dental services to underinsured youth and seniors throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties through their mobile dental program.
A $40,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation allowed ATSU-ASDOH to purchase a third mobile unit to expand this program.
“Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has been an integral partner in supporting and expanding our mobile dentistry program,” said Dr. Scott Howell, assistant professor with A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. “This new vehicle will provide more opportunity for our students to get the hands-on experience they need while serving a huge need for oral health treatments in Maricopa and Pinal Counties.”
ATSU-ASDOH’s Teledentistry Program vans transport dental students and dental equipment to different community partners throughout the valley providing fluoride varnish treatments, dental screenings and overall oral health education.
ATSU-ASDOH continues to expand partnerships throughout the Valley and currently serves hundreds of patients, including adults with disabilities at the Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped, youth in detention in the Maricopa County juvenile detention centers and will begin serving low-income seniors at the East Valley Adult Resources in Mesa starting in January.
“Access to oral health education and treatment are the pillars of our foundation’s work,” said Allan Allford, chief executive officer at Delta Dental of Arizona. “ATSU will utilize this new mobile unit to provide access to oral health care and education for underserved groups in our community, which makes us at Delta Dental of Arizona very proud.”
About A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still, DO, the founder of osteopathy, A.T. Still University began as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine and has evolved into a leading university of health sciences comprised of two colleges and four schools on two campuses and online. Today they offer master’s degrees cross allied health disciplines and doctorates in athletic training, audiology, dental medicine, health administration, health education, health sciences, occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, and physical therapy. For more information on the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, please visit www.atsu.edu.
About Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Arizona, the dental benefits company. Its mission is to improve oral health, particularly for underserved and uninsured groups and communities. Since 2006, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has provided more than $12 million in community benefit support for oral health promotion and dental disease prevention programs across the state. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.