“Dental care is the crowning step, no pun intended, in establishing a comprehensive patient-centered medical home,” said Regional Operations Manager Kristin Ashcraft. “Patient-centered medical home implementation has been underway at all Samaritan primary care clinics over the last couple of years, with mental health care being added to our range of health care services. Dental health is so important to overall wellness, and the addition of these services will greatly enhance our ability to help patients maintain optimum health.”
Dental services at Sweet Home Family Medicine will include assessments, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride and sealants for children and adults who are residents of East Linn County. Screenings are offered on a walk-in basis Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and other services may be scheduled by calling 1-888-905-5082.
In addition, the Capitol Dental van will be on site each Tuesday to offer dental treatments such as fillings and extractions.
Dental health care at Sweet Home Family Medicine is the result of collaboration with Capitol Dental, and is funded in part by a grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.
Samaritan plans to roll out similar dental services at all of its patient-centered medical homes in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties over the next three years.
“The health of your mouth, teeth and gums is connected to the health of the rest of your body,” Ashcraft said. “For example, gum disease is associated with diabetes, heart disease, premature births and other health problems. We are excited and for this opportunity to further enhance the health of our patients.”
For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-905-5082.