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Stephen B. Gold Dental Clinic at St. Charles Hospital Serves Community for 47 Years

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For those who struggle with physical, developmental or emotional issues, dental care is a luxury. As a result, many individuals with these illnesses, injuries or disorders suffer with dental disease because they’ve had to postpone dental care or forego it entirely.

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The dental staff at St. Charles Hospital’s Stephen B. Gold
Dental Clinic celebrate Give Kids A Smile Day with two
young patients who received free dental services.

St. Charles Hospital’s Dental Clinic in Port Jefferson, NY, offers expert and skilled dental care through the generous spirit of a devoted, talented and compassionate group of dentists. This group, encompassing more than 50 dentists from the Port Jefferson and Three Village communities, volunteers its time and talent to provide dental care for patients in need. Once a month, each dentist dedicates a day to St. Charles Hospital’s Dental Clinic in order to increase access to dental education, prevention and treatment to improve the oral health of all individuals in the community.

Since the hospital’s founding more than 100 years ago, children living at St. Charles, as well as clients living at the Maryhaven Center of Hope, have been provided with dental care, though a dedicated clinic for the practice of dentistry wasn’t opened until 1970. Today, under the guidance of Keri Logan, D.M.D., Director of the Dental Residency Program, more than 6,000 patients are treated each year at the dental clinic.

The dental clinic operates like any private office, scheduling appointments and providing treatment ranging from exams, cleanings and fillings to dentures and restorative and urgent care. Located on the first floor of the main hospital building, it hosts seven operatories and serves a general population from the local community, including people with developmental and physical disabilities who account for more than 40% of total patient volume. Each member of the care team, including dentists, hygienists and dental assistants, educates patients and caregivers on proper dental hygiene and self-care so people of all ages can have healthy mouths and happy smiles.

In addition, the department supports a Dental General Practice Residency Program with the goal of fostering ongoing clinical excellence in dentistry. Each year, three residents are chosen from a group of applicants representing dental schools located throughout the northeast to participate in this educational program designed to provide clinical, didactic and hospital experience at the postdoctoral level. The program prepares residents to diagnose and provide dental care in the context of each patient’s overall health care needs.

Dedicated to the founding mission of the hospital, the Dental Clinic continues to provide free outreach and screening programs to underserved populations. Each February, St. Charles Hospital participates in the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile Day®, providing exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments to children. In 2016, St. Charles partnered with the New York State Dental Association to offer free dental cleanings, fillings, routine extractions and oral cancer screenings to U.S. military veterans. Finally, the residents at the Dental Clinic routinely offer free oral cancer screenings at various events in the community.

Courtesy of Marilyn Fabbricante, Executive Director, Public & External Affairs, St. Charles Hospital

Published on September 13, 2017

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