Lifelong Smiles Convenes to Address Unique Oral Health Needs of Iowa Seniors

The Lifelong Smiles Coalition was formed to increase access to oral health care and assure optimal oral health for aging Iowans. The group consists of 13 members that include state agencies, advocacy organizations, trade associations, health professionals, academic institutions, and funders. Read more


Questions to Consider Regarding Dental Insurance and Nursing Facilities

The promotion of good oral health through daily hygiene and routine dental visits is essential for residents. Oral hygiene is directly connected to systemic infections, nutritional intake, ability to speak without pain, and overall well-being. These brochures were created to serve as a resource for you when evaluating prospective oral health care plans. One brochure is targeted at nursing facility managers and the other is for residents and family members. 


Educate, Motivate, Activate: Access to Oral Health Care for Aging Iowans

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation’s mission is to improve the oral health of Iowans. In 2012, the Foundation announced two strategic visionary oral health goals to accomplish by 2020. One of the goals is that every Iowa nursing home resident and homebound elderly person will have access to oral health care.

On November 30, 2012, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation held the first series of “actionable knowledge” sessions on oral health to convene interested stakeholders. To view the presentations, please click on the links below.

Oral Health Status of Iowa’s Aging Population
Maren Lenhart, MPH Candidate, Oral Health and Aging Consultant, Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation

Community Collaborative Practice: Delivering Oral Health Service to Seniors
Michael Helgeson, DDS, Chief Executive Officer, Apple Tree Dental

Improving Oral Health of Aging Populations through Telehealth
Maysa Namakian, MPH, Program Manager, Pacific Center for Special Care, San Francisco, California

Prevention: A Pilot Program to Provide Access to Daily Oral Health Care for Nursing Home Residents
Pam Stein, DMD, MPH, Associate Professor, Division of Public Health Dentistry, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Mobile Dental Best Practices – Iowa
Howard J. Cowen, DDS, MS, Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Science

Dan March, MDiv, MBA, Executive Director, Heritage House



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