We are a non-profit for Kentucky’s families that was founded in 2014 with the idea that everyone deserves access to quality oral health care.
According to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General, 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. Community Dental of Kentucky fills the gap for affordable dental care among infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors, and the special needs population, all of whom have no other access to dental care. Tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the U.S. more than any other chronic infectious disease. According to the National Institute for Health, “42% of children 2 to 11 have had dental caries in their primary teeth.” The same report, written by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that 51.17% of children ages 6 to 11 have caries in their primary teeth. The American Dental Association established National Children’s Dental Health Month in 1981, to focus attention on the importance of treating children and teaching them good dental health practices at an early age.
Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems affecting one’s ability to eat, speak, play and learn. Early treatment using a combination of dental sealants and fluoride has the potential to nearly eliminate tooth decay in school-age children.
For adults, toothaches are the most common pain of the mouth or face. This pain can interfere with vital functions such as eating, swallowing and talking. Almost 1 of every 4 adults report some form of facial pain. Community Dental of Kentucky ensures that adults have more accessibility to affordable dental care because good oral health is a key component of overall health.
Additionally, the low-income population of Kentucky is in a dental care crisis. Nationwide, dental care costs have skyrocketed, and many seniors on a limited income have little access or no access to dental treatment and information. If untreated, our elderly can end up in the emergency room due to the hidden but deadly effects of dental infection or advanced periodontal disease, easily preventable with the right oral health education and care. Our solution includes making quality low-cost dental services available to more seniors.