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An OnQ Special Series

Recent research suggests a link between oral health and heart disease, stroke, preterm births, diabetes and respiratory disease. In fact, a visit to the dentist could detect more than just a cavity, as often the first sign of a medical condition will appear in the mouth. This OnQ series focuses on the importance of dental and oral care, and its impact on your overall health.

For more information, resources, and video of this series, click here.


Dental and Oral Care - Why It Impacts Your Whole Body - Good oral hygiene is about much more than a pretty smile. Your mouth can often impact the health of the rest of your body. OnQ's Tonia Caruso begins the four-day series by explaining why we all need to care about our teeth, gums and more.

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Dental & Oral Care for Low-income Patients - The Highmark Foundation recently awarded $1.9 million in grants to 21 oral health programs across 49 Pennsylvania counties. It's to improve access to oral halth and dental care programs for low-income, rural and uninsured populations. OnQ's Michael Bartley shows what's at stake for the health of the poor who don't have regular access to overall care.

Related Link:
East Liberty Family Health Care

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Dental and Oral Care - Discussion - Guest: Dr. Bobby Collins, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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Dental & Oral Care - Special Needs Patients - Physical, neurological and behavioral challenges make it difficult for some people to get crucial dental and oral care. OnQ's Chris Moore reports on a new facility that serves special needs patients.

Related Link:
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine: Center for Patients With Special Needs

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Dentistry: Pediatric & Special Needs - Discussion - Guests: Dr. Brian Martin, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Beatriz De La Roche, pediatric and special needs dentist with a private practice, Tender Care Pediatrics, in Connellsville.

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Dental Technology - What's New? - Many patients don't know it, but there are new, exciting technologies in dentistry. OnQ's Michael Bartley shows how some of these innovations can improve your oral health, brighten your smile, and make your trip to the dentist a lot easier.

Related Links:
University of Pittsburgh - School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh - Dental Implants
University of Pittsburgh - Digital Radiography

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Dental Care at Catholic Charities - Within a 10-mile radius of downtown Pittsburgh, there are 70,000 working people who do not have health insurance. Catholic Charities has opened a free health center - with most of the incoming patients needing dental care. OnQ contributor Mike Clark tours the facility and talks with a volunteer dentist and patients who have few other options.

If you need help and don't know which program to contact:
Call Catholic Charities CAREline at
412-456-6976 or
1-800-321-CARE (2273)
Be sure to include your name and telephone number.

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Dental Care: Minority Programs, Rural & Urban Dentistry - Discussion - Guest: Dr. Robert Weyant, associate dean for Public Health and Outreach, and chair of Dental Public Health and Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

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Dental Insurance and Care Assistance Advice - Dental coverage is even tougher to come by than medical insurance. In a studio discussion, OnQ host Chris Moore welcomes guests Dr. Richard Klich - National Dental Director with United Concordia; Christina Wilds - Senior Program Officer with Highmark; Dr. Bruce Dixon, director of the Allegheny County Health Department; Mary Hartley, Dental Project Coordinator at the Arc of Greater Pittsburgh/ACHIEVA. The guests discuss dental insurance opportunities and challenges, as well as help for the uninsured. Viewer calls are invited.

For information on the Allegheny County Health Department Pediatric Dental Clinics call 412-687-ACHD, or click the health department's link above.

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