Central City Integrated Health expands to help more low-income dental patients

Central City Integrated Health expands to help more low-income dental patients
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Within the next few months Central City Integrated Health Inc. (CCIH) in Midtown will grow from two to six dental chairs and move to a new facility to expand availability of cavity care and cleanings to the low-income population of Detroit.

“More than 42,000 Detroit residents live below the poverty line. We don’t have the capacity to service all these patients, but we wish to increase our impact on our community,” says Jean Troop, chief reimbursement officer of Central City Integrated Health.

Dr. Gloria Smith working on a patient.

The clinic is moving soon from Peterboro to Woodward to best accommodate the increased patient load.

Patients now wait a week to get in for cleaning and four weeks for extractions, cavities, dentures and other needs.

According to Colgate, researchers find a healthy mouth helps patients ward off medical disorders. An unhealthy mouth, especially if a patient develops gum disease, may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and early labor.

The case for good oral hygiene keeps getting stronger. CCIH wants to help.

“We serve the poor and the homeless population,” says Troop. “Many people are not worried about teeth in their hierarchy of needs, but we know this is important. With gum disease people are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic conditions. Bacteria can easily move from the mouth into the bloodstream for systemic infections.”

CCIH supports health and recovery, an expectation that consumers and stakeholders are treated with dignity and respect and an evidenced-based practice to improve the outcomes for those served by a skilled, professional staff.

Dental care is just one of the many services offered by the 40-year-old agency that started in the late 1960s as part of the Model Cities Neighborhood outreach. It offers a no-cost or sliding-scale cost for primary health, behavioral health, housing, employment and support services.

“I was really satisfied by the quality of care,” says Courtney Baldwin, a regular patient. The dentist did a cleaning and referred her to the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School to have her wisdom teeth removed.

Besides CCIH, other facilities for low-income dental work in Detroit are:

— Lead photo: Dr. Gloria prepping to work on a patient. 

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