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Oral Health Services

Dental Services at Mid Valley

Oral health may not be an area about which many people worry from day-to-day. Still, it should be a vital component of your overall health and hygiene. Having healthy teeth and gums is more important than you might realize. Most of your doctor visits may be about matters in other areas of your body, but oral health must never be neglected.

That’s why The Wright Center for Community Health offers oral health programs to all patients who need them. When we talk about health and wellness, we must leave no stone unturned. Healthcare is meant to be holistic, so caring for your mouth's health is just as important as anything else. Read below to learn more about what oral health is, why it is important, and how The Wright Center for Community Health can help with this.

What is Oral Health?

Maintaining good oral health involves keeping your teeth clean and your gums strong. This can be done by brushing and flossing daily while reducing the amount of sugar you consume long term.

If you start slipping into your oral hygiene and eventually let it go for long periods, you may begin to see how cavities and gum disease develop. Though this may come as a surprise, poor oral health can lead to other, more serious issues such as heart disease and diabetes. When we fail to keep our mouths healthy, bacteria and other microbes can build up around our teeth and gums and eventually spread inside our bodies. These microbes can cause pneumonia, endocarditis (infection of the heart lining), and pregnancy complications.

Those are some of the general health problems that can occur due to poor oral health. Failing to brush and floss your teeth can lead to conditions such as cavities (tooth decay), gingivitis (gum inflammation), periodontitis (gum disease), and sensitive teeth.

Therefore, you owe it to yourself to keep your oral health strong throughout your life. Prevention is always easier than treatment. Be sure to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste regularly, floss your teeth daily, limit your sugar intake, eliminate tobacco consumption, and see a dentist every six months.

Types of Oral Health Services

The Wright Center for Community Health provides patients with various types of oral health services as part of our offerings. Even if you need significant assistance with your oral health, we can help! Our services include oral exams, teeth cleanings, cavity fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, x-rays, and so much more.

Wondering how to connect with us? Just talk to your primary care doctor to get a referral. You can pay for your services through insurance plans such as Medicare, Medical Assistance, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our sliding fee discount schedule is also available for patients without health insurance or Medical Assistance.

To learn more about our high-quality oral health services that are available to you right now, contact The Wright Center for Community Health. We will get to know you and your circumstances and devise the best care plan for your oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Why did The Wright Center create an oral health clinic at a primary care office?
Being healthy doesn’t start from the neck down. By offering high-quality oral health care within our convenient, primary care setting, more people in our community have been able to easily access important preventative and full-service dental services.
2Why did the clinic get so much larger?
Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) revealed oral health services and education as one of the top five regional health areas for concern. In response to this identified health challenge, in 2014 The Wright Center for Community Health made the decision to offer basic and preventive oral health services on-site within its Mid Valley location. The team, led by dentist Dr. Darleen Oleski, utilized donated, portable equipment to see all patients, regardless of ability to pay, for three years.

The need only continued to grow and in 2017, through the generosity of our funders, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Moses Taylor Foundation, we were able to double our clinical capacity and are now offering a full range of oral health care services to all members of the community.
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