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#GivingTuesday 2021: Oral Health is Overall Health

Today (November 30th) is #GivingTuesday! The purpose of #GivingTuesday is to promote making a positive difference within your community, and showcasing the issues that are facing our society today. 

This year – our ‘Something to Smile About’ campaign is focused on prevention, access, and education when it comes to oral healthcare. According to the National Advisory on Dental Health, there are both short-term and long-term impacts of not having proper oral healthcare. Short-term impacts include: discomfort, trouble sleeping, trouble eating, and surgeries that are usually costly. Long-term impacts include: anxiety/depression due to how oneself looks, and infections that could lead to heart and lung disease. 

Angela Boyle, Director of Oral Health Services has allowed our organization’s oral health program to succeed because of a focus on access, education, and prevention – as well as valuable partnerships with local dental care offices. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial (NIDCR), those who have a disability are at a higher risk of challenges that relate to oral health. Today, and throughout the month of December, YOU can be the reason someone we support has an oral health screening. Donate HERE: Community Crossroads – Something To Smile About (networkforgood.com).

To learn more about oral healthcare in New Hampshire from a legislative standpoint, check out the following article: N.H. lawmakers once again aim to establish adult dental benefit under Medicaid program | New Hampshire Public Radio (nhpr.org), sign up on our website to receive legislative updates, and follow us on Facebook.

 

 

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