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Northern Dental Day
September 21-23, 2018
How it all started
Why La Loche and Clearwater?
• Canadian Oral Health Framework (2012)
– “Aboriginals have decay rates 2-3 times greater
tha...
La Loche and Clear Water Health Centres
Health Centre with dental clinic and senior care home (La Loche only)
Sponsors
3 applications for Grants (Six Rivers, SIGA and Northern and CAMECO): no success
Greystone-$3000, SDHA-$1200, NIT...
Costs
• Van rentals and gas = $1520
• Overnight hotel in Prince Albert = $120
• Food = $550
• Accommodations = $4500
• Den...
The journey
Scenic Route
Our Team of
Volunteers
• 1 dentist
• 5 RDT’s
• 5 RDH’s
• 5 RDA’s
• 1 nutritionist & student
• 1 nurses
• 1 director of Pop...
Indigenous Culture & Blessing
Northern Team and Plan
Process of Care
• Some pre-assessments done ahead of time but
most were done over the 3 days in portable
chairs
– Digital ...
Table Clinics
Teamwork
Snacks/Lunch
Accommodations
Celebration
& Fish Fry
Results
Number of patients seen 34 Cost of treatment
Exams 34 1530
Radiographs 90 (41 PA/49 BW) 1542
Scaling 16 2226
Polis...
Memories
Memories
Reconciliation
Feedback
“I am beyond impressed by the quality of work that I saw
having never worked around a dental therapist. Wow, you
...
• Share your knowledge and skills with
those who need it
• Actions speak louder than words!
• Advocate for oral health oth...
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Northern Dental Day

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Northern Dental Day

  1. 1. Northern Dental Day September 21-23, 2018
  2. 2. How it all started
  3. 3. Why La Loche and Clearwater? • Canadian Oral Health Framework (2012) – “Aboriginals have decay rates 2-3 times greater than non-Aboriginals” • Public Health Agency of Canada Inequalities in Oral Health in Canada: Inability to chew • “First Nations off reserve & Metis people 1.5 -1.7 x prevalence for inability to chew” • Lack of water fluoridation and safe water • Restrictions of hunting and fishing rights and increase in Western high sugar diets • Low health literacy • No insurance coverage • High costs of nutritious foods • Sask. Dental Health Screening Program Report (2013- 2014) – Highest decay rates in all of Canada – Over twice the amount in Regina – Lowest rate of receiving dental care in Sask.
  4. 4. La Loche and Clear Water Health Centres Health Centre with dental clinic and senior care home (La Loche only)
  5. 5. Sponsors 3 applications for Grants (Six Rivers, SIGA and Northern and CAMECO): no success Greystone-$3000, SDHA-$1200, NITHA-$500, SDAA-$250, Saskatchewan Polytechnic-$600
  6. 6. Costs • Van rentals and gas = $1520 • Overnight hotel in Prince Albert = $120 • Food = $550 • Accommodations = $4500 • Dental supplies = $250 • Advertising and printing = $150 • Total spent = $7090
  7. 7. The journey
  8. 8. Scenic Route
  9. 9. Our Team of Volunteers • 1 dentist • 5 RDT’s • 5 RDH’s • 5 RDA’s • 1 nutritionist & student • 1 nurses • 1 director of Population Health Services • 1 member of NITHA • 1 Director of Dental Therapists • 1 Dental Technical Consultant
  10. 10. Indigenous Culture & Blessing
  11. 11. Northern Team and Plan
  12. 12. Process of Care • Some pre-assessments done ahead of time but most were done over the 3 days in portable chairs – Digital sensor used – Used SHA charts – Prioritized care and treatment • La Loche: 2 chairs & 3 portables • Clearwater 1 chair & 2 portables • Hygiene, education, extractions, and restorations
  13. 13. Table Clinics
  14. 14. Teamwork
  15. 15. Snacks/Lunch
  16. 16. Accommodations
  17. 17. Celebration & Fish Fry
  18. 18. Results Number of patients seen 34 Cost of treatment Exams 34 1530 Radiographs 90 (41 PA/49 BW) 1542 Scaling 16 2226 Polishing 19 2528 Fluoride Varnish 23 575 Restorations 1 (MOD) 206 Temporary Restorations 2 302 Extractions 5 705 Desensitizer 2 124 Referrals 20 Total $9738 Number of patients seen 60 Cost of treatment Exams 60 2700 Radiographs 149 2001 Scaling 16 4529 Polishing 10 360 Fluoride Varnish 17 425 Restorations 25 5158 Extractions 9 1128 Desensitizer 1 62 Referrals 6 Total $16,363 Total Number of patients seen Total cost of treatment 94 $26,101 Clearwater La Loche
  19. 19. Memories
  20. 20. Memories
  21. 21. Reconciliation
  22. 22. Feedback “I am beyond impressed by the quality of work that I saw having never worked around a dental therapist. Wow, you folks are awesome!” “The group had a great dynamic, worked well together, and did a great job. I left with a feeling of satisfaction, especially considering this was an inaugural event” “Greatest event I have ever participated in and I am still giddy about what was accomplished. We need to do this again!” “Interprofessionalism and collaboration- a winning combination for this event!”
  23. 23. • Share your knowledge and skills with those who need it • Actions speak louder than words! • Advocate for oral health otherwise nothing will change and it will only get worse

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