MTI Vans is conducting a mini-mission trip August 27-29 at the Broetje Orchards in Prescott, Wash., just outside of Walla Walla. The goal of these clinics is to treat migrant farm workers who typically have little or no access to dental care. The Washington Oral Health Foundation has agreed to help facilitate organizing dentists to participate in the three-day event.
A recent article on Dr. Bicuspid.com reveals that "vaccines that are currently available for the human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent most oropharyngeal (OP) cancers in the U.S., according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Emerging Infectious Diseases, May 2014, Vol. 20:5, pp. 822-828). The retrospective study of patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) found that most were HPV-positive, especially for HPV types 16 and 18, and the majority of patients were white men."
In a story titled Medicaid rates at root of dental care problems Yakima Herald reporter Molly Rosbach shines a light on the state's abysmal Medicaid reimbursement rates with the help of WSDA Members Drs. Michael Buehler and Mark Koday, with additional input from WSDA Vice President of Government Affairs Bracken Killpack. The article is is one of the best in recent memory. Read the Medicaid piece here.
• All toothbrushes and project grants must be used for dental health in Washington state.