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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Sealants of approval: Protective practice makes Maine, N.H. tops in nation for low-income dental service

[January 11, 2013]

BRIEF: Sealants of approval: Protective practice makes Maine, N.H. tops in nation for low-income dental service

SOMERSWORTH, Jan 11, 2013 (Foster's Daily Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- At Goodwin Community Health, providing dental sealants to children as a preventive measure is of the utmost importance.

"I try to work myself out of a job; we don't want to see people back!" Whitney Goode, dental director at Goodwin Health Center, said.

Goodwin provides physical, dental and mental health services for the Greater Strafford County area of New Hampshire and Maine. According to Dental Director Whitney Goode, half of the people they see are on Medicaid and some patients have no insurance at all. Goodwin provides a sliding payment scale to make dental care, including sealants, more affordable for low-income patients. They currently see about 2,700 patients a year.

"We see anybody and everybody," Goode said.

In fact, Goodwin Health Center's efforts are part of why New Hampshire and Maine were two of only five states in the nation to be honored with a grade of "A" for providing dental sealants to low-income children, according to a Pew Center for the States report released Tuesday.

___ (c)2013 the Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.) Visit the Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.) at www.fosters.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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