Dental Director: ACA funding will allow California residents to ‘choose health’

Recently, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced almost $500 million in new
Affordable Care Act funding to assist public and private nonprofit health centers across the country to provide more primary care to their communities.

The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell

“These awards will give 1.4 million more Americans across every state access to comprehensive, quality health care,” said Secretary Burwell.

Rebecca A. Cornille, DDS, Vista Community Clinic Dental Director (shown above) recently shared with, the plans for the $437,852 they will receive in Vista, California.

“We are very excited that Vista Community Clinic is a recipient of Expanded Service Funding from the federal government! Plans are currently underway for expansion of services at a few of our existing sites, as well as expansion into the community of Lake Elsinore, a town of over 60,000 residents in Riverside County, California. We will be opening a comprehensive clinic there in late 2015 that will include medical, dental, behavioral health, and enabling services.”

Currently, Vista Community Clinic sees approximately 57, 000 patients per year and about 12,000 of these patients receive dental services.

“This grant allows us to fully staff our recently completed expanded location in Oceanside, California, where we added Dental and Behavioral Health services to the previously medical-only site, and added additional capacity for medical services. Additionally, the funds will support physicians, support staff, and enabling services staff that are desparately needed at our main site in Vista. We are also in the process of expanding to Lake Elsinore, an area that is currently considered underserved – we will be opening a new clinic and delivering services that may be difficult to receive or lacking altogether in that area,” said Dr. Cornille.

Kylyn began coming to Vista Community Clinic when she was a baby. Her pediatrician recommended that she see the dentist beginning at 1 year of age. Lucky for her, the dentist was right upstairs. She started with dental exams and, as her teeth grew in, had them cleaned and a protective sealant applied. Cavities are the number one health concern for children nationwide. Kylyn’s good dental habits and regular check ups ensure she will grow up with a healthy smile.

Kylyn began coming to Vista Community Clinic when she was a baby. Her pediatrician recommended that she see the dentist beginning at 1 year of age. Lucky for her, the dentist was right upstairs. She started with dental exams and, as her teeth grew in, had them cleaned and a protective sealant applied. Cavities are the number one health concern for children nationwide. Kylyn’s good dental habits and regular check ups ensure she will grow up with a healthy smile.

What’s on the Vista Community Clinic wish list?

“We always plan and are able to provide the highest quality of services with the latest technology available for serving the people of our community. Our plans include digital radiography as well as panoramic x-ray, a state of the art sterilization center and new dental instruments equipment,” said Dr. Cornille, who was honored as one of America’s Best Young Dentists in 2014 by Incisal Edge magazine. “One of our existing dental clinics has served patients for many years, and with that comes some wear and tear on some of the more expensive pieces of equipment. We have started to look into the costs associated with replacing and upgrading some equipment. We also hope to be able to add dual monitors in the treatment rooms to allow for patient education before, during and after the actual exam and treatment are completed.”

Today’s Health Center Expanded Services funds build on HHS’s investments to expand access to affordable care for the millions of Americans who have become insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The next open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on Nov. 1, 2015, and eligible people can enroll in Medicaid year round.

“Our staff and patients are always excited to hear about growth opportunities at Vista Community Clinic. We know that this will enable us to care for those patients who may currently have to go through some serious obstacles to receive care or who may receive no care at all without our presence in their area. This funding will allow us to make a positive impact on those in need and make resources available to them so they can choose health.”

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Travel back 100 years when patients could get a tooth pulled of 50 cents.

By Larry Cohen/Benco Dental Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate

This century-old dental catalog from the Buckeye Dental Supply Co. is my per­sonal equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (If any readers/archaeologists are in To­ledo, I would love to know if the old Ohio Building still stands.) But rather than of­fering exceptional insight into antiquity, this catalog provides exceptional insight into the early years of dentistry.

Larry Cohen, Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate

Larry Cohen, Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate

Let’s go back 100 years: A dentist could purchase an intri cately carved, sol­id-oak dental cabinet for $70, while an oak roll-top would run $65. Waiting-room chairs – made of oak, of course – cost $13.50 a pop. As for the operatory, $190 would get you a state-of-the-art Ritter pump chair, complete with leather seat and ball-and-socket head rest.

That furniture and dental chair were quality products and sturdily construct­ed – built to last! One glaring exception, however, was the $3 forceps pictured above. These were made of chrome-plated steel – and when the chrome peeled off (and it did soon enough), the rust began in earnest. But then, how much could pa­tients have expected when extractions ran 50 cents a tooth?

LARRY COHEN, Benco Dental’s chairman and chief customer advocate, has over the past half century collected hundreds of unique dental artifacts, which reside at Benco’s world headquarters in Pittston, Pennsylvania. 

From the diary of a coffee convert: Just say no.

Contrary to what you might hear about me, I’m not a coffee hater.

For 44.5 years this was not the case; I despised everything about the so-called ground goodness.  The aroma, people’s coffee breath, the  cult-following, coffee spills in my car (when transporting it for others) — it just left me cold.

Since age 5, when my Grandmom Jennie gave me one teaspoonful of the bitter blend, there was no convincing me otherwise:  The stuff was awful.

In August, my colleague and friend Loriah introduced me to iced coffee in our company canteen (free until 11 a.m. daily, thanks Benco Dental.) I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but I decided to give the brew one last chance. As a mom of a busy toddler, maybe I just needed more caffeine in my day to keep up pace. Maybe it was a weak moment, or peer pressure.

Either way, I was hooked. Mostly on the hum, buzz and jolt – sorry, coffee, I still think you’re a bit bitter.

Here’s the rub — after 20 years as a print journalist where coffee is currency, I now work in the dental industry where, let’s just say, coffee is not always a reason to smile.

Consider the following from American Dental Association’s website:

In their natural form, coffee and tea can be healthy beverage choices. Unfortunately too many people can’t resist adding sugar. Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also stain your teeth. If you do consume, make sure to drink plenty of water and try to keep the add-ons to a minimum.

So, in honor of National Coffee Day tomorrow, Sept. 29, when everyone and their uncle is sharing a list of locales that will give you a complimentary cuppa, remember this: just say no.

There’s no going back once you jump on the bandwagon of this sorry swill. Stick to water, dailyflossers — and the natural buzz that comes from knowing your teeth are white and your breath is fresh.

From Stony Brook to Madagascar: Tales from a traveling man

For Greg Shank, international mission trips have underscored just how much dentistry is about service to others. Recently highlighted as a Student to Watch in dental lifestyle magazine Incisal Edge, he shared details of his work with Managing Editor Brian Dawson.

“Stony Brook has been the perfect place for me,” enthuses Greg Shank of his central Long Island dental school. “It has provided me opportunities to get involved in what I’m passionate about. mainly outreach and organized dentistry.” His outreach really reaches out: This summer Shank. 24, spent a little over three weeks in Madagascar with seven other students and three doctors providing triage care for some 1.000 patients under the auspices of Stony Brook’s Ankizy Fund Dental Mission. As an undergrad at the College of William and Mary, he spent time in Nicaragua in both 2010 and 2011 as well. “In both places you had patients with much more life-death obstacles in their daily routine. such as feeding their families and themselves ,” he observes. “Unfortunately, with these populations. we’re dealing with no access to care. little to no oral-health awareness and a severely cariogenic diet including sugar cane and soda.”

“I think everyone can learn a lot from international travel,” Shank observes. “For dental students, there are plenty of opportunities both at home and abroad to use our unique set of skills to make a difference for those in need.”

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Need a dose of dental humor? Billy Crystal delivers.

In the movie Tooth Fairy he helped a hockey player known for knocking out his opponents’ teeth fulfill children’s dreams as the fabled tooth transporter.

But that doesn’t mean comedian Billy Crystal won’t earn a few laughs at the expense of his toothless grandparents, or his oral health care providers.

If you’re a dentist or hygienist in need of a Saturday smile (at your expense, of course) catch up with the comedian at