The Glenwood Springs High School will be transformed into a large-scale dental clinic with 125 dental chairs. Patients will undergo a health and dental evaluation, and then be provided with cleanings, fillings, root canals and extractions. On a limited basis, and as time permits. COMOM dentist and dental lab techs will also prepare ceramic crowns, dentures, and flippers.
(Set up Thursday Oct. 3. Take down Sunday Oct 6)
(720) 648-0919 – Patients
(720) 648-0918 – Volunteers
An estimated 1,300 patients will receive free oral healthcare services at the 13th annual COMOM dental clinic to be held on Friday, October 4 and Saturday October 5.
An outpouring of nearly 200 Volunteer dentists from across the state — along with hundreds of dental hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, and a myriad of lay volunteers and other health professionals — will work in tandem with community groups and agencies to better the oral health of individuals.
The Glenwood Springs High School will be transformed into a large-scale dental clinic with 125 dental chairs. Patients will undergo a health and dental evaluation, and then be provided with cleanings, fillings, root canals and extractions. On a limited basis, and as time permits, COMOM dentist and dental lab techs will also prepare ceramic crowns, dentures, and flippers.
To promote sustained oral health, and to mitigate future pain, patients are given one-on-one instruction on how to care for their teeth and the importance of balanced nutrition and preventive dental care. Topic-specific information is given to patients who have young children int heir household, and those who are using tobacco products. Patients are then given a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to take home.
Oral health is inseparable from general health. Individuals with gum disease and poor oral health are at higher risk for heart disease, strokes, and clots in the extremities. Oral disease affects the ability to eat and also affects how a person looks and communicates.
The focus of the 2019 patient outreach is the western area of Colorado. Many Individuals living on the western slope are economically disadvantaged and would be in need of no cost dental services.
Dental-related problems are widespread among individuals of low incomes, and these oral health issues frequently prevent individuals from seeking work opportunities and becoming more financially secure.
A person often fears being judged by the way she looks, and smile has a lot to do with how a person feels. COMOM strives to improve patients’ dental appearance to help enhance potential employment prospects and to improve their self-esteem.
For example, a volunteer dentist explained:
A patient had missing anterior teeth for several years. I inserted his new flipper. He grinned and said
“I came in looking like a jack-o-lantern, and I’m leaving with a smile! Now I can look for a better Job!”
An exacerbating factor for individuals living in western Colorado is that the area is rural. In contrast with their urban counterparts, rural residents are most likely to have unmet dental needs.
COMOM is striving to have 200 volunteer dentists at the dental clinic.
Individuals living in rural Colorado often lack geographic access to dental care facilities. By example, Glenwood Springs is in Garfield County. The County holds the federal designation as a dental care health professional shortage area. Across the nearly 2,948 square miles of the County, only 36 dentists held active l licenses in 2017. Some of these dentists may be practicing only part time or not at all.
Jim Setterberg DDS
Dirk Fleischman DDS
Sherrie Setterberg RDH
Steve Reed DDS
George Gatseos II, DDS
Janet Gatseos RDH
COMOM combines the donated services of hundereds of dental professionals & volunteers to provide free annual dental clinics
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