Central Valley · Health

Fresno oral surgeons’ Project Save A Mouth launch garners fantastic feedback

oral17aThe Fresno chapter of Project Save A Mouth (PSAM) officially launched earlier this week at Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center’s Open House, and the result was phenomenal.

Over 200 medical professionals attended the event and were introduced to PSAM, a community initiative designed to educate the people of Fresno and surrounding areas, particularly children, about best oral health practices and how to prevent complications.

The initiative highlights prevention tips, consequences if best practices aren’t followed, and resources for those who already are experiencing oral health failure. Throughout the year, the PSAM coalition of dental professionals and community organizations will hold events to spread the word about this cause and help those who don’t have access to routine hygiene resources by donating dental supplies.

The practice is pleased to announce that 67 local dental professionals signed the Project Save A Mouth pledge, promising to contribute to the spread of critical oral health information and attend the events.

With a huge local presence, PSAM is promising to be a real force this year in dental health awareness and will impact countless lives.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive support we have received in opening the Fresno chapter of this initiative,” Dr. Shannon Barnhart said. “Through this effort, our group will provide so much help and guidance to the Fresno area’s youth who need it most. We hope that this spurs other community members to support health in other ways.”

According to the California Health Interview Survey conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 18% of Fresno residents have never had a dental visit, compared to the California state average of 9%. In addition, 70% of Fresno residents have seen a dentist in the last six months, compared to the California state average of 74%.

The children of our community seem to be taking the brunt of the damage. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever among children 5–17 years old.

These issues motivated Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center and with their partners, Fresno City College and the Fresno County Office of Education, to join forces and give back to the community with this educational resource.

Residents can visit projectsaveamouth.com/fresno to view real-life examples of what can occur if oral health is neglected, learn more about what habits can negatively impact oral health, and discover what steps can be taken to save their smile.

About Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center

Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center takes pride in delivering optimal service and outstanding patient care for a variety of oral and facial conditions. Drs. Allen Chien, Shannon Barnhart, Ardavan Kheradpir, and Gerald Alexander work together with their highly-trained staff to provide quality patient care with a personal touch.

They have four convenient locations throughout the central valley in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and Reedley. To learn more, visit fresnooralsurgery.com

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