The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s administration, village clinics, and patients have benefited greatly from our dental clinic being fully staffed over the last three years. YKHC has had 12 full-time dentists on staff who have provided, and continue to provide, excellent care to our patients in Bethel and the surrounding villages.
“As we look forward to the fall and winter of 2012/2013, we are anticipating a decrease in the full-time dentist staffing available due to personal circumstances and some provider contracts expiring at the same time. The YKHC Dental Department expects to lose four full-time clinical dentists and 2 administrative dentists. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the departing dental providers for their exceptional service to the YK Delta and their commitment to improving oral health in our region,” said President/CEO Gene Peltola.
Dental Director and Dentist, Dr. Brian Hollander said “our recruitment efforts have been strong to replace anticipated vacancies. We currently have six potential candidates interviewing, with four doing a site visit to the region in mid-August. We have had the great fortune of having 5.5 full-time dentists remaining on staff. We also have outstanding locum (traveling) dentists who will maintain their practice and outreach visits to our village and subregional clinics (SRC), as well as eight Dental Health Aide Therapists who will continue with their regular schedules and village travel from our SRC’s as well.”
“Patients may experience an increase in wait times or a longer delay in scheduling dental appointments, but the dental staff is committed to ensuring urgent patient care needs are met,” said President CEO/Gene Peltola.
“The dental team strongly believes preventative measures begin at home. Parents, please encourage children to avoid sugary beverages; make the transition from bottles to sippy cups at 12 months, and model daily brushing and flossing for cavity avoidance. Get teeth sealants or schedule fluoride/iodine varnishes for younger children whose permanent teeth are coming in. Prevention is key to avoid any unnecessary visits to the dentist, as children grow older, ” Hollander said.