Children's Dental Health Month

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD), in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC), and local dentists, reminds you of the importance of oral health. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, which brings an increased focus on the importance of regular dental check-ups and a balanced diet. The theme of this year's campaign Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile highlights the value of drinking tap water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Tap water is generally better for kids' teeth than bottled water because it contains fluoride. Simply by drinking water, people can benefit from fluoridation's cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school. You can find the fluoride level of your local public water system by contacting your water utility provider. Consumers can find the name and contact information of the water utility on the water bill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that all community water systems provide each customer with an annual report on water quality, including the fluoride content. If you live in one of the states that participate in CDC's My Water's Fluoride program, you can find information on the fluoridation status of your water system online at:

Along with drinking fluoridated water, The American Dental Association recommends the following for a health smile:

  • Brushing your teeth for two minutes, two times per day
  • Seeing a dentist every year
  • Place only formula, milk, or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice, or soft drinks.
  • Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
  • If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean-don't dip it in sugar or honey or put it in your mouth before giving it to the child.
  • Encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday and discourage frequent or prolonged use of sippy cups.
  • Serve nutritious snacks and limit sweets to mealtimes.

The Charlotte Dental clinic, operated by My Community Dental Centers on behalf of the Barry-Eaton District Health Department, focuses on serving persons who are enrolled in Medicaid and low-income uninsured. Our clinic is accepting new patients and encourages dental visits by age one. This creates a positive experience and establishes a dental home before problems arise. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-313-6232.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on February 1st 2017. - Article Permalink

Nurse anesthetists at ERMC celebrate CRNA week

In recognition of their profession's long history and enduring record of patient safety, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) and across the country are celebrating the 18th annual National CRNA Week, January 22-28, 2017, with the unified mantra "Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care."

Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National CRNA Week was created to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.

"One of the many rewards of being a nurse anesthetist is providing patients with the comfort of knowing that I will be by their side monitoring their vital signs and adjusting their anesthetics to ensure a pain free and safe anesthesia experience," said Larry Lutz, MSN, CRNA, Anesthesia Manager at ERMC. "National CRNA Week serves as an opportunity to inform the public exactly what CRNAs do and who we are."

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer more than 43 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center is a full-service, critical access hospital located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing more than 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit and and follow @aanawebupdates on Twitter.

Article posted on January 25th 2017. - Article Permalink

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Have you gotten your HPV vaccine yet?

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) wants you to know that there's a lot both men and women can do to prevent cervical cancer!

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It's also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don't know they are infected.

The good news?

  • The HPV vaccine (a series of 2 or 3 shots) for men and women can prevent HPV.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, BEDHD encourages:

  • Individuals to talk with their health care provider and stay current on cervical cancer screening.
  • Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21.
  • All individuals to check to see if they are eligible for the HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is safe and is most effective when given at the recommended age of 11-12 years; however, it can be given to women up to age 26 and men up to age 21.

Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Pap tests are available at family planning clinics, and for women ages 40-64, Pap testing is accessible through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Navigation Program (BCCCNP). For more information about the BCCCNP, call 1-844-I-GOT-SCR (446-8727).

Most health insurances pay for the HPV vaccine, including Medicaid. If you or your child do not have insurance that covers these vaccines, contact the Barry-Eaton District Health Department at 517-541-2630 or 269-798-4133 for low cost vaccine options. For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook!

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on January 24th 2017 . - Article Permalink

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