Celeste Terry and EXCELth team want bright smiles for all Louisiana’s children

Celeste Terry and EXCELth team want bright smiles for all Louisiana’s children

Dental Hygienist Celeste Terry knows the link between oral health and overall health, which is why she’s committed to being part of Well-Ahead’s Louisiana Seals Smiles program. Louisiana Seals Smiles provides funding and resources for collaboration between oral health providers and schools in an effort to improve the oral health of children ages 6-14. Through …

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Calcasieu Parish Waterworks District 1 makes fluoridating water a successful habit

Calcasieu Parish Waterworks District 1 makes fluoridating water a successful habit

For Calcasieu Parish Waterworks District 1 Superintendent Gerald Hoffpauir and his operators, keeping their community’s drinking water at an optimal fluoridated level is simply a matter of routine. Yet through this routine, District 1 has earned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Water Fluoridation Quality Award for seven years running. The CDC presents their …

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First school-based dental sealant clinic held since COVID-19 outbreak

First school-based dental sealant clinic held since COVID-19 outbreak

Students at Ebarb School in Sabine Parish were the first to receive dental sealants in more than a year through Well-Ahead Louisiana’s Louisiana Seals Smiles program, in partnership with the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC)’s AHEC of a Smile program. Well-Ahead’s replicable Louisiana Seals Smiles program supports the delivery of dental sealants in …

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Water systems across the state recognized for fluoridation quality

Water systems across the state recognized for fluoridation quality

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its Water Fluoridation Quality Award to 23 water systems in Louisiana, who are taking the lead for better oral health care in their communities! The Quality Award recognizes communities that achieved excellence in Community Water Fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout the year. …

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A champion for smiles in schools

A champion for smiles in schools

Dentist Doug Cross believes that innovation and education improve outcomes for patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) like EXCELth, where he has served as dental director for the last seven years. “We need to be here,” said Dr. Cross of FQHCs. “We can treat dental issues at an affordable rate before they become a …

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