Dentists in Dallas, TX
Dentists in Dallas, TX
The map today shows the geographic location of dentists currently practicing in the Dallas, TX area. In the process of conducting our GIS research, we noticed some areas that were heavily populated with oral health services as well as areas that are likely experiencing disparities in oral health care.
To bring awareness to the current health conditions in low-income areas in South-Dallas such as Oakcliff and other communities, the Oral Health Needs Index (OHNI) made an easy-to-access, oral health focused, Geographic Information System (GIS) based tool that allows people to find services based on their environment and resources.
Identifying dental providers who accept Medicaid/Medicare and forms of dental insurance in areas of low socioeconomic status can be difficult but it also essential in tackling disparities. With OHNI, users get a clear visualization of communities with lack of services. Lack of transportation and finding participating providers is a major barrier for low-income and rural populations. Identifying these barriers and how they contribute to health disparities experienced by under-served communities is important. It allows for a better understanding of ways to combat the health disparities in disadvantaged communities.
For most of Mason Motz’s life he was unable to speak. His parents nor pediatricians he went to knew what was wrong. One of his doctors even diagnosed him with Sotos syndrome, which affects growth and development. He was placed in speech therapy classes for years to help him speak. Mason communicated with his friends and family using boards with pictures and objects on them. Even with all of these different methods being utilized Mason still could not speak.
All of that was changed when Mason turned six. He had a visit with a dentist to tend to his cavities. The dentist quickly discovered why Mason was not able to speak. Mason was severely tongue-tied. This meant that the lingual frenulum that anchors the tongue in the mouth did not give Mason enough room to speak. His tongue was stuck at the bottom of his mouth and unable to move around to form words or sounds. The dentist performed a simple frenectomy to cut the lingual frenulum and free his tongue. The procedure took only a few minutes and Mason was able to speak.
Since his operation Mason has been functioning as a normal talkative six year old. He has even seen an improvement in his other health problems. He no longer snores or suffers from sleep apnea. He also is behaving better in school because he can communicate with others more effectively.
In Plattsburgh, New York, NYU Dental School is having a week where the teachers and students will provide free dental services to people in the area for a week. This week starts on Sunday, September 30, 2018, and ends Friday October 5, 2018. These services will occur on a first come first served basis. There will be no services provided on October 3, 2018.
This week will help supplement those who are uninsured or have minimal insurance with dental care. These groups of children and adults are a part of the underserved community and might not otherwise be able to pay for the comprehensive dental services. This week of free dental care stemmed from an annual one day event. NYU Dental School saw the need for a larger avenue to help and created a week to provide these essential services. Hopefully this week can become an annual event like its predecessor.