Cherokee Days 2016 - Oral Health and Dental Care throughout Indian Country
Kristina Hyatt, RDH and Miss Native American USA of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, speaks on "Dental Health and Access to Care Issues throughout Indian Country." In her talk Ms. Hyatt speaks about her pursuit of a dental hygienist career and her participation in beauty contests that led to her becoming Miss Native American, USA. She speaks on the need for dental care across Indian Country, where dental problems are much greater that the rest of the population. She talks of her participation in Indian Country events, called Smile Drives, that promote dental care and provide donations of tooth brushes and floss to Native kids. She talks about the need for Dental Therapists, who can do much of the routine practices that a dentist would provide, giving dentists more time to address more serious cases, which is important in Indian Country where there are few dentists per capita. She mentions the Native Dental Therapy Initiative provides dental therapist training for Native Americans who which to work within their nations. This program was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 11, 2016.