Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s Den­tal Pro­gram cre­ates smiles

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Con­nect­ing oral health with be­hav­ioral health re­cover y is at the core of Cross­road Com­mu­nity’s Den­tal Pro­gram. Those with be­hav­ioral health is­sues have an in­creased risk of oral-health ne­glect due to a wide range of fac­tors in­clud­ing se­vere den­tal anx­i­ety, high preva­lence of sub­stance use (al­co­hol, to­bacco and nar­cotics) and low pri­or­ity placed on den­tal care. To fur­ther com­pli­cate the mat­ter, some med­i­ca­tions taken by those with men­tal ill­ness cause oral side ef­fects.

“The most im­por­tant ben­e­fit to oral health is the im­proved over­all health of the in­di­vid­ual,” said Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor John Plaskon. “In­flam­ma­tion from den­tal dis­ease is tied to many so­matic health is­sues, such as heart dis­ease and di­a­betes. Den­tal health not only re­sults in a new smile and im­proved self-es­teem, it also en­hances the health of those helped by our den­tal pro­gram.”

Since 2011, Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s Den­tal Pro­gram has helped over 270 in­di­vid­u­als gain ac­cess to much needed pro­phy­lac­tic and restora­tive den­tal care. This pro­gram is un­der­writ­ten by grants, fundrais­ers, and the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal den­tists.

Dr. Neil Bray­ton of Ch­ester­town has been a part of the pro­gram since its in­cep­tion. Two ad­di­tional den­tists, Dr. Thomas Downs of Cen­tre­ville and Dr. Jared Nave of Eas­ton, joined the pro­gram serv­ing con­sumers in Queen Anne’s and Dorch­ester coun­ties, re­spec­tively. Both Dr. Bray­ton and Dr. Nave re­main in the pro­gram. Dr. Downs re­cently re­tired and Cross­roads Com­mu­nity is now seek­ing a Cen­tre­ville or Queen Anne’s County den­tist to sup­port the pro­gram.

To be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s den­tal health ser­vices, one must first be a mem­ber of its Health Home Ser­vices, which in­te­grates phys­i­cal and be­hav­ioral health ser­vices for in­di­vid­u­als with chronic men­tal health con­di­tions.

Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s other ser­vices in­clude Psy­chi­atric Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Res­i­den­tial Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment, Young Adult Pro­gram, and Case Man­age­ment. In­di­vid­u­als can par­tic­i­pate in mul­ti­ple ser­vices. All CCI’s pro­grams share the com­mon pos­i­tive and life af­firm­ing goal to pro­mote healthy growth and de­vel­op­ment to build strong foun­da­tions for in­de­pen­dent liv­ing. In ad­di­tion, a Respite Pro­gram is pro­vided for fam­i­lies by part­ner­ing with trained li­censed fos­ter care fam­i­lies, giv­ing re­lief for both chil­dren and their care­givers.

Serv­ing res­i­dents of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caro­line, Tal­bot and Dorch­ester coun­ties, Cross­roads Com­mu­nity has lo­ca­tions in Cen­tre­ville, Ch­ester­town, and Cam­bridge. Many of its ser­vices have spe­cific eli­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Den­tal Pro­gram or any of its other ser­vices, please call 410-758-3050 or visit ccin­con­

Wyneema Meekins, right, a Cross­roads’ con­sumer, shows off her new smile, which was made pos­si­ble by the Cross­roads Den­tal Pro­gram and Dr. Jared Nave, left, of Eas­ton

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