Newsletter 8 - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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June is Oral Health Month and Men’s Health Month

Since June is both oral health and men’s health month we here at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center thought why not combine the two. Here is some important information from our Dental Department about men’s dental health.

 

+ Men are less likely to brush their teeth than women. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush with fluoride toothpaste.

 

+ Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer if they smoke or drink. Regular dental visits can help identify oral cancers early.

 

+ Men tend to change their toothbrushes less frequently. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

+ Men are more likely to have untreated dental decay. Regular dental visits can help prevent untreated dental decay.

 

+ Men have a greater potential for dry mouth. Talk to your dentist for suggestions if you experience dry mouth.

 

General Dental Recommendations:

+ Get Checked!

+ Brush and floss regularly

+ Cleanings are recommended at least twice a year, unless otherwise indicated by your dental team

 

To schedule an appointment call the Dental Department at 541.240.8698

Patient Resources

Behavioral Health Staff

Support from a Distance: Recovery Kits

 

The Behavioral Health Department’s Chemical Dependency and Prevention Program, like many programs at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, have been working to switch programming and services to a virtual format whenever possible during the COVID-19 shutdown. To help support our community members in recovery the department developed and mailed Recovery Kits to those in need of support.

 

The kits include: a worry stone, sage, hand lotion, chapstick, bracelet, mint gum and mints, a sucker, a notepad for journaling, a resource guide, and self-care information.

 

Shayne Arndt, Chemical Dependency Manager, says he “appreciates the teamwork of Yellowhawk staff to develop and distribute recovery kits to support community members during the COVID-19 emergency.”

 

If you would like to reach your counselor or Peer Recovery Mentor please call 541.240.8670.

For the latest information on COVID-19 testing at Yellowhawk see our website at yellowhawk.org.