A Reason to Smile, Thanks to Delta Dental!

Saint Joseph Hospital

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has received a $25,000 gift from Delta Dental of Kentucky to help establish the Delta Dental Oral Health Fund. This fund will support oncology patients by providing assistance with dental care and dental care packages.

When treating oncology patients, dental health is considered an influencing and, in some cases, exacerbating factor in one’s overall medical health. Many drugs and types of radiation therapy affect a patient’s mouth, teeth and salivary glands during and post treatment.

With good personal and professional dental care, patients with cancer and their doctors can reduce these side effects. Some of the most serious side effects include a higher risk of infection due to low levels of white blood cells. Treatments such as chemotherapy weaken your body’s immune system. This means it is important to get rid of any dental infection before cancer treatment.

We are grateful for this support!