these prompted them to inventory their existing dental
· More than 1.4 million Cook
County residents are registered for government healthcare - nearly
half of the state's public aid population.
· It is
estimated that one-third of Illinois' underserved population lives
in Cook County.
· There is
just one clinic for every 15,700 uninsured children on public aid.
There are thousands more children who don't qualify for public aid
that lack access to dental care.
Chicago, 64 percent of third graders have experienced cavities and
36 percent have untreated cavities.
· Cook County Department of Public
Health (CCDPH) dental clinics offer only basic dental care
referring specialty procedures to Stroger Hospital Oral Surgery or
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where
patients can wait another two to three months for treatment.
· Between 2005-2009, Cook County closed
half of its dental clinics, leaving just four clinics in
Bridgeview, Ford Heights, Maywood and Rolling Meadows. This
resulted in the majority of the county's population having no
access to dental services.
· In 2000, the Cook County Department
of Public Health (CCDPH) served close to 11,900 dental patients.
In 2009, fewer than 5,000 patients were
are no county operated dental clinics in the City of
· The average wait time for initial and
follow-up visits is two to three months.
· The average wait time for emergency
care is three weeks.
about the Cook County Board's discussion here.
Super heroes, princesses and cartoon characters, all do their
part to help attract kids to good...dental hygiene habits?
USA Today shares information on "Open Wide! Toothy Toys That
Made Us Smile," an exhibit at the National Museum of Dentistry in
Baltimore showcasing toys used to attract the attention of and
promote proper hygiene to kids from the 40s to today.
So what's changed since the Golden Era? It's unlikely that many
kids today will want a Hopalong Cassidy cowboy toothbrush as the
Disney Princesses and Spider-man are the hygiene
ambassadors-emblazoned on toothbrushes and more-for today's
The attraction is more than just a feature of toys:
Museum director Jonathan Landers says that the exhibit is meant
for kids and adults to enjoy together and that each of the toys is
accompanied by information that explains its role, as public-health
messages about oral hygiene progressed over time.
How do you encourage your young patients to brush, floss, and take
care of their teeth? Toys, treats? Has that changed over time? Let
us know in the comments.