New St. Louis Dental Clinic Looks to Close Gaps in Coverage

By Shapiro, Jordan | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 11, 2015 | Go to article overview

New St. Louis Dental Clinic Looks to Close Gaps in Coverage


Shapiro, Jordan, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


The city of St. Louis hasn't had a general dental school in nearly 25 years, and it shows. Too few dentists and lack of access have contributed to a measurable decline in dental health for many of the region's residents.

Organizers of a $23 million dental clinic near Lafayette Square, which opens Monday, hope to reverse that trend.

The culmination of a more than four-year partnership between Kirksville-based A.T. Still University and Affinia Healthcare, the facility at 1500 Park Avenue has 92 chairs and will host at least 60 dentists at any one time, once fully operational.

Under the partnership, A.T. Still University will supply third- and fourth-year dental students to practice in the clinic while Affinia Healthcare will perform the administrative functions. The clinic will cater to all types of patients, including the uninsured.

"We are here today to make a difference," A.T. Still University President Craig Phelps told public health and education leaders who marked the clinic's grand opening on Wednesday.

The last comprehensive dental school in the city, operated by Washington University, closed in 1991. St. Louis University closed its main dental school decades earlier but it does host specialty dental education, including orthodontics and periodontics. (SIU School of Dental Medicine currently bills itself as the only dental school within a 200-mile radius of St. Louis, but its clinics are in the Metro East communities of Alton and East St. Louis.)

The lack of dentists who train, and later work, in the state has caused Missouri to fall behind in several oral health indicators. Only 61 percent of adults in the state see a dentist at least once a year, according to statistics from the state health department. The national median is 67 percent.

Missouri also lags behind in other indicators. The state has higher instances of heart disease, strokes, arthritis and diabetes, which can be connected to poor oral health.

"We have a shortage of dentists in this state and oral health status is compromised in this state. So this is a very important endeavor," said Alan Freeman, CEO of Affinia Healthcare, formerly known as Grace Hill Health Centers. …

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