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Officials concerned about dental
health of children
|By Dennis Brown
of recent screening of a group of Lewis County students by a team of dental experts from
the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry has prompted local dental, medical and
school professionals to take a look at what can be done to help remedy the situation.
Last week we looked at the short term recommendations and some of the results
of that initial screening of 124 students. This week we'll look at the long term
recommendation and some more statistics.
One of the short term recommendations was implemented last week with the first
meeting of the Lewis County Dental Health Coalition.
During that meeting, coalition members discussed the report and recommendations
of the UK team and ways to implement those recommendations locally.
Among the topics of discussion was medical neglect. David Bolt, who is heading
up the coalition, said Rep. Robin Webb recently introduced legislation that would make it
easier to act in cases where the oral health of a child is extremely poor and less than
adequate measures have been taken to correct the problems.
Members also discussed working with the local dentists and the Family Health
Center on a program targeting underserved groups and creating programs in addition to
those already presented to children in school concerning dental care.
Members also discussed fluoridation of water supplies as a way to help combat
Dr. Ron Mays, who is on the Lewis County Health board, said anyone can bring a
sample of water to the Lewis County Health Department to have it tested. He said fluoride
drops will be given to those whose water test shows an inadequate amount of fluoride.
Mays said that, from his experience, fluoridated water greatly reduces to
incidence of cavities in children.
Among the long term recommendations made by the UK team were:
- With the support of the community, add a dental clinic and recruit a dentist and
staff for the Family Health Center.
- Develop county-wide dental health education and prevention programs in
conjunction with the Family Health Center targeting: new mother-to-be (i.e., pre-term
birth weight issues); children aged one to five to prevent early childhood tooth decay;
second graders to ensure all high-risk children receive dental sealants; tobacco use as
related to oral health; and other oral health and general health issues on a phased basis.
- Develop county oral health surveillance system in conjunction with the state
system that is currently being planned by the Kentucky Department of Public Health,
Cabinet for Health Services.
|Noting data resented by the UK team,
49.19 percent of those responding indicated they were covered by Medicaid; 18.55 percent
had KCHIP coverage and 11.29 percent had private dental insurance. Of those remaining,
13.71 percent had no insurance, 2.42 percent didn't know and 4.84 percent did not respond.
public education campaign would include a description of what services are covered by
Medicaid and KCHIP. Dental services are covered by those, a fact that some coalition
members think may not be known by Medicaid and KCHIP recipients.
The fact is substantiated by other statistics gathered by the UK team. Of those
who could not get dental care in the last 12 months, 37.78 percent said they could not
afford it. In the same set of data, 31.11 percent said they had no way to get to the
dentist. Coalition members said free transportation is available from several sources.
Additionally, 13.33 percent said they had difficulty getting an appointment. In
some instances, local dentists say, getting an immediate appointment may be a problem,
however, priority is given to urgent and emergency cases.
Dental appointment failure rates are also a concern for area dentists. Once an
appointment is made, the dentists and assistants have scheduled a time to be with that
patient. When the patient does not show up, the schedule is thrown off.
One local dentist told of a child requiring extensive dental work requiring
that child receive general anesthesia to have the work done. The dentist set up the
appointment at a hospital and the patient did not show up. The hospital had scheduled the
surgical room and medical team and received no notice that the patient would not be there.
When asked to reschedule, the dentist said the hospital would not reschedule
that patient and the appointment had to be made at another hospital some distance away.
(Next week: Oral health and its connections with general health and self
Dennis Brown/Lewis County
Dr. R. David Hardison enters information into a
laptop computer following a dental screening of a Lewis County student. Hardison was one
of a team of dental experts from the University of Kentucky participating in the
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Miss Maysville Area crown goes to
|The Miss Maysville Area Scholarship
Pageant Saturday had a definite Lewis County influence as the top two places in the
premier event went to Lewis County residents.
Amanda Hardin, 20, of
Tollesboro, was declared the winner and Autum McCane of Vanceburg was named first
Hardin won a $3,500 scholarship, numerous gift certificates, a silver platter,
crystal vase, a dozen roses and a crown, placed on her head by former Miss America Heather
She also advances to the Miss Kentucky Pageant in June.
Hardin was named Miss Tollesboro in 1998 and is the reigning Miss Ewing-Fleming
County. She is the daughter of Tom and Lynn Marshall of Tollesboro, and Bill and Debbie
Hardin of Nicholasvile.
Hardin will spend her birthday in Lexington while there for the Miss Kentucky
Pageant June 9-16.
First runner-up Autum McCane received a $750 scholarship, roses and a trophy.
The second runner-up, Ashley Flaugher of Butler, received a $500 scholarship, roses and a
Jim Shelton/Lewis County Herald
The final moment, Miss Maysville Area second
runner-up Ashley Flaugher, right, and first runner-up Autum McCane, center, wait for the
winner of the pageant to be announced. Amanda Hardin, far left, was named the winner.
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Plummer reports on trash and
|By Al Owens
February session of the Lewis County Fiscal Court, Judge Executive George Plummer said he
had received the annual report from the Maysville-Mason County Landfill.
The report shows that in the year 2000, Lewis County delivered 6,404 tons of
refuse to the landfill. That compares to 6.668 tons last year, a reduction of 264 tons.
Plummer stated that putting less trash in the landfill and more in the
recycling program is what the state wants to see.
Following the same theme, he said he has also received the 1999 Annual Report
Summary on Solid Waste. That's a big topic in the General Assembly, currently conducting
its historic first off-year session in Frankfort.
Plummer pointed out that he expects some kind of legislation dealing with solid
waste disposal to come out of the General Assembly's meeting. Universal or mandatory
garbage collection where a truck pulls up to every home or near each home to pick up
garbage and haul it to an approved landfill probably looms in the future.
|He said at one time Gov. Paul Patton supported a bill
that would give fiscal courts until January 1, 2003, to clean up a list of identified
dumps. When looking at a map of listed sites, Plummer saw about 17 dots indicating illegal
dumps in Lewis County. He said that some were all across the county, but noted that most
of them seemed to be concentrated in the Petersville-Burtonville area.
explained that who's going to pay, who's going to enforce it and who's going to collect
the garbage remains to be seen.
Plummer said that state statistics show that 48.88 percent of Lewis County
residents participate in the community's voluntary garbage collection program. That
compares to 89 percent in Breathitt County, 93 in Bell and 55 percent in Mason. Jackson
County has mandatory collection enacted and there only 71 percent take part in the
He observed that clearly a lot of people in the county pay no kind of garbage
bill to anyone, but some of those folk are responsibly disposing of their refuse. Others,
however, are throwing it in the creek or over the hill.
Click the link for more information on the Lewis County Recycling
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Arrest made following shoplifting
|An arrest has been made in connection with several
Valentine's Day shoplifting incidents in Lewis County.
Walker said James L. Collins, 39, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was arrested Sunday afternoon
following an incident earlier in the day similar to the Valentine's
Walker said Collins allegedly entered Vanceburg Food Mart Sunday and picked up
two gallons of anti-freeze. He then attempted to exchange them for cash.
The attendant notified Vanceburg Police officer Chris Jordan who, in turn,
notified the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
|Deputy Sam Richmond, who was on patrol at the time,
spotted the suspect's vehicle near the intersection of Ky. Rt. 59 and Scotts Branch Road,
and pulled the vehicle over.
Richmond took Collins into custody and
transported him to the Lewis County Detention Center, where Walker was waiting with
warrants on Collins for theft by unlawful taking in connection with the Valentine's Day
Walker said additional charges are pending. He added that Collins, who was
already a suspect in the incidents, was convicted for similar incidents in Lewis County in
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