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MESA, Ariz.A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has announced the opening of its Advanced Care Clinic. The 10,600-square-foot oral health care facility is Arizona’s first to offer the expertise and equipment necessary to treat patients with complex dental needs, including patients with medical conditions such as cancer, hemophilia and kidney disease. The clinic, which is expected to treat 7,500 people in its first year and began seeing patients in July, also specializes in comprehensive oral healthcare for patients whose physical and developmental disabilities require dentists with advanced training.

Dr. Maureen Romer, associate dean of post-doctoral education at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) – ​Arizona’s first dental school, founded in 2003 – directs the clinic, which the school operates. A nationally known expert in special care dentistry, Dr. Romer is a past president of the Special Care Dentistry Association and has earned the association’s highest level of recognition, Diplomate. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities.

“ATSU’s Advanced Care Clinic fills a major gap in Arizona’s oral healthcare needs,” said Dr. Romer. “Until now, some residents with complex medical situations and special needs had to go outside the state to get the care they required, while others got no care at all. In opening this facility, A.T. Still University has reaffirmed its commitment to oral health as an integral part of overall health, as well as its determination to provide the highest quality of care to society’s most vulnerable.”

In addition to offering dental care to patients with cancer, hemophilia, kidney disease, organ transplants and other highly complex medical conditions, the clinic treats patients, including those with disabilities, whose general dental needs are complicated and require a team of dental specialists.

The new clinic has been outfitted with over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including 3D imaging. There are five dental operating suites including one designed for patients weighing more than 350 pounds. Extra-wide doorways ease access by power wheelchairs, while reception and consultation areas are sized to accommodate several power chairs at once.

In addition to serving as an out-patient dental facility, the clinic will be a training center in special care dentistry for ATSU-ASDOH students. Supervised by faculty members, third- and fourth-year dental students will spend time treating clinic patients alongside residents in the school’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program.

(In keeping with ATSU’s mission to care for America’s underserved populations, ATSU-ASDOH students devote a majority of their third year working with Arizona citizens at the school’s two reduced-cost clinics—one on the Mesa campus and the other in Glendale. Fourth-year students spend a full semester embedded at community health centers across the United States.)

ATSU’s dental and Advanced Care clinics accept most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, and offers reduced-fee services.

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MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) announced today that their clinics will accept most medical and dental insurance carriers effective Monday, July 8.

ATSU-ASDOH features four public clinics, which offer a variety of comprehensive dental services to patients at a lower cost. Three of its clinics are located on the University’s Mesa campus and its other, Dental Care West, in Glendale.

“We are happy to announce that patients seeking general or advanced care dentistry services may now have the option to apply their medical or dental insurance,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “This capability will afford patients easy access to our four celebrated clinics.”

Under the supervision of renowned dental professionals, services provided at each of the University’s clinics are rendered by ATSU-ASDOH student doctors. Patients with complex cases may be seen by residents of ATSU-ASDOH’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. These residents have already graduated from dental school and have returned for advanced training.

ATSU-ASDOH’s most recent development is its nearly 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art oral healthcare center, which is slated to open Monday, July 8.

The Center for Advanced Oral Health is located on the Mesa campus location and will offer multiple dental specialty services to patients through either of the two clinics that comprise it – Advanced Care Clinic and Orthodontic Clinic.

The Advanced Care Clinic will provide comprehensive care for individuals with complicated oral health needs or medically complex conditions including, but not limited to: cancer, cardiac disease, renal disease, bleeding disorders, physical disabilities and developmental disabilities. It will also feature a bariatric suite specially-designed for patients over 350 pounds. The Orthodontic Clinic, a pre-existing ATSU-ASDOH clinic, provides comprehensive orthodontic services for adolescents and adults.

For information on services offered or to schedule an appointment, please call 480.248.8100. For Dental Care West in Glendale, please call 623.251.4700.

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MESA, Ariz. – Joseph C. Creech, Jr., DDS, associate professor and director of pediatric dentistry,  A.T. Still UniversityArizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, has been elected president of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).

“As President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, it is my honor to lead the continued legacy of the Board,” said Dr. Creech. “This legacy is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs.”

Creechfinal[1]Dr. Creech was elected at the Annual Session of the ABPD held on May 26 in Orlando, Fla.  He will serve as president of ABPD for one year.

“ABPD is further committed to lifelong learning through a renewal of certification process and values the provision of the highest quality dental care for children,” said Dr. Creech. “Such dental care is thoughtful, careful, ethical and based on the most recent scientific evidence. It takes into account the best interest of the patient and their parent.”

Dr. Creech is also a partner with Pediatric Dental Specialists in Gilbert and Chandler and has been in practice in the East Valley since 1980.

 

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MESA, Ariz. A.T. Still Univeristy’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) is proud to announce phase two of its Text2Floss initiative made possible by a generous grant received from DentaQuest Foundation’s Innovation Fund for Oral Health.

A total of $199,985 was awarded to support the Text2Floss project, which will fund its next phase of development. The proposal, An Innovative Option to Improve Oral Health Behavior, outlines a plan to advance and expand the platform’s HIPAA compliant and standard messaging system (SMS). The expansion introduces funding for an iPhone oral health app and integration of the Text2Floss SMS program with Dentrix Enterprise software. Both facets focus on the mission of raising awareness about the importance of oral health and to encourage flossing as an important daily hygiene habit and its impact to overall health.

The integration with Dentrix software will facilitate two-way messaging between patient mobile phones and electronic patient records, while the feature offered to iPhone users will create easier access to the Text2Floss text messaging program.

Both products will be pilot-tested at the ATSU-ASDOH-affiliated San Ysidro Health Center in San Diego County. A phase one pilot study was conducted in 2012 using the standard SMS technology.

“The phase two project will allow ATSU-ASDOH oral healthcare experts and its generous partners to continue collaborating to expand and refine this unique platform to promote healthy oral habits,” Tony Hashemian, DDS, Text2Floss founder and director, assistant dean, Global Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH said. “We are excited, optimistic, and so grateful for the generosity of DentaQuest Foundation.”

The DentaQuest Foundation was established in 2000 with a mission to support and promote optimal oral health. The Foundation collaborates with partners in communities across the United States, connecting key stakeholders, raising awareness, and supporting solutions.

Also leading the Text2Floss initiative are ATSU-ASDOH partners CellTrust Corporation and RIESTER.

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MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) has teamed up with AJ’s Fine Foods for Smile Forward, an ATSU initiative that provides funds to those in need of dental care.

Throughout the month of March, customers have the opportunity to donate to Smile Forward at all Arizona AJ’s Fine Foods locations.

ASDOH 088Program funding is provided through the generous support of donors, civic organizations and corporate partners. Smile Forward has granted services to hundreds of individual patients, community programs serving children, women at risk, and medically-compromised patients equating to more than $170,000 in services since 2005.

“ATSU thanks Bashas’ Family of Stores for allowing us to feature Smile Forward at their AJ’s Fine Foods store locations,” said Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU-ASDOH. “Funds raised will allow us to continue supporting the oral healthcare needs of underserved individuals in our community.”

Donations can be made at check-out in any increment, and 100 percent of proceeds raised will go to fund Smile Forward patient care.  Patients receive treatment at two University-affiliated clinics: ATSU-ASDOH Clinic in Mesa or Dental Care West located in Glendale.

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