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Health

Will Couny Health Department reminds pregnant women to care for their dental health

Community Health Center Dental Director Dr. Sangita Garg encourages all pregnant women to seek dental exams and treatment.

And Will County Health Department Community Health Center Dental Program Manager Kimberly Nay said that, due to special state funding, they will likely be eligible to have their checkup covered.

Nay says expectant mothers just upstairs from the dental department at the Community Health Center, being treated by a staff OB/GYN, should get a referral to come down for a dental exam.

She also mentioned that expectant mothers being served at the Will County WIC program (just across the parking lot from the Community Health Center) need to make their way over for this critical dental care.

Will County Health Department WIC coordinator Pat Krause said pregnant women who cannot eat properly shortchange themselves and their babies on good nutrition.

WIC breast feeding coordinator Alissa McCormick stated that hormonal changes during the second trimester of a pregnancy that make gums more sensitive often discourages mothers from brushing and flossing, when it’s of utmost importance.

The Will County Community Health Center Dental Department is planning to put together a pamphlet, reminding expectant mothers of these dangers. The pamphlet will also inform them that despite their insurance coverage situation, they may be eligible for dental exam coverage because they are pregnant due to special state funding.

Will County Community Health Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Byrd added that primary care providers are educated on the Smiles for Life program, a collaboration of primary health and dental providers that promotes the idea of how dental health affects the entire body.

The Will County Health Department offers a variety of services, with five different departments located within two buildings on either side of a spacious parking lot.

The dental health clinic is located in the Will County Community Health Center Building, at 1106 Neal Avenue on the south end of the campus. The WIC Department is part of Family Health Services, located at 501 Ella Avenue on the northwest end of the campus.

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