The other Eastman clinics.

July 18, 2013
Eastman Dental Clinic in London.

Eastman Dental Clinic in London.

Eastman Institute for Oral Health, earlier known as the Rochester Dental Dispensary, was the first dental clinic to be funded by Mr. George Eastman. However, Mr. Eastman was so pleased with the Dispensary’s work that he helped fund five other clinics in Europe in the cities of London, Rome, Brussels, Stockholm and Paris, to provide dental care for children. From 1929 to 1937, Dr. Burkhart, the Dispensary’s director, represented Mr. Eastman in official visits to establish the clinics and was present at each dedication. Many of these clinics, which were the first of their kind, are still active today.

Eastmaninstitutet, which was dedicated in 1936, is located in Vasastaden, Stockholm, Sweden. Like the Rochester dispensary, the Institutet had a dental hygiene school.

The London Institute, now University College London (UCL) Eastman Dental Institute, is now the largest postgraduate dental academic centre in Europe, and known for dental education, research, and clinical care. You can read more about The Eastman’s history in this 2007 British Dental Journal article

Here’s a 1923 announcement in San Jose News about the Rome clinic, courtesy of Google. Premier Benito Mussolini was present at the dedication in 1933. The Eastman Dental Hospital of Rome is currently the largest dental center in Italy.

The Brussels clinic stopped treating patients in the ’80’s, and is in the process of becoming a museum for European history.

Below are a few photographs of the Paris clinic. Want to know more? Visit our online exhibit on Eastman’s European Dental Clinics Print materials are preserved in EIOH’s Bibby Archives.

Children's waiting room, l'Institut George Eastman

Children’s waiting room, l’Institut George Eastman

Several children read while sitting in the children’s waiting room at l’Institut George Eastman in Paris, France. The large boxlike structure in the background is a birdcage, or “atrium.” Atriums were a prominent feature in all of the children’s waiting rooms at the Eastman dental clinics.

Exterior view of the Paris clinic.

Exterior view of the Paris clinic.

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Eastman Dental Clinics in Europe

June 16, 2009

Bibby Library Launches New Archival Exhibit

We are pleased to bring you a collection of images depicting George Eastman’s establishment of dental clinics in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels and Stockholm during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Eastman Dental BrusselsSimilar in architecture and purpose, the clinics illustrate Eastman’s desire for  indigent children to have access to dental treatment and to be taught preventive care.

Eastman’s representative and the first director of the Rochester Dental Dispensary, Dr. Harvey Burkhart, and his family traveled to Europe frequently during this time and often met with royalty and other foreign dignitaries.

The collection may be viewed at the Bibby library website.  Print images are stored in the Bibby archives for preservation.


Child and Adolescent Healthcare Quality and Healthcare Disparites Reports

November 14, 2008

The 2007 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report indicate disparities in oral health care quality, access, and utilization for children.

Since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced an annual National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report.  These studies are a “report card” on the Nation’s health.  Several measures featured in recent reports pertain to the oral health of children.

Key findings include:

  • The percentage of children ages 2-17 with a dental visit in the past year has increased and is now over 50 percent.
  • From 1999-2004, the proportion of children with untreated dental caries was higher for Blacks (24.4%) and Mexican Americans (31.2%) than for Whites (17%).
  • The percentage of children with a dental visit in the past year was lower for poor, near poor, and middle income children compared with high income children

The fact sheet, with links to the full report and detailed data tables may be viewed online.

Read recent articles, as indexed in PubMed.

Browse a list of internet resources pertaining to acess to oral health care.


Medicaid and Dental Care

October 31, 2008

In June of 2008, the ADA’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) conducted a one-day Medicaid symposium at it’s headquarters in Chicago. The purpose of the symposium was to provide background information for attendees of the Access to Dental Care Summit, which is scheduled for March 2009.

The primary goal of the Symposium was to gain an understanding of the challenges in providing care to
Medicaid recipients, and discuss strategies to integrate Medicaid patients into private practice
settings.  Participants included representatives from each trustee district, who had at least 1,000 Medicaid or State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) patient visits in the last calendar year.

Read the report.

Browse recent articles regarding dental care and Medicaid, as indexed in PubMed.


Blog Action Day: Oral Health and Poverty

October 14, 2008

Wednesday, October 15th is the second annual Blog Action Day. This event aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters to post about the same issue on the same day with the goal of raising awareness, triggering global discussion, and making a difference.

This year’s theme is POVERTY.

Blog Action Day calls for all bloggers to examine the issue of poverty from their own unique viewpoints and perspectives.

Poverty has long been a concern for Eastman dentistry.  In 1916, George Eastman established the Rochester Dental Dispensary so that indigent children could receive preventive dental care.  Today we offer a variety of services to the impoverished through our Community Dentistry and SMILEmobile programs.  Moreover, we look forward to increasing access to Rochester’s underserved residents with the help of our recent HEAL NY grant award.

For more information on oral health and poverty, check out these resources:


Millions of Children Estimated to Have Untreated Tooth Decay: New Report

September 29, 2008

On September 22, the Government Accountability Office released a report stating that more than 6.5 million children who are currently enrolled in Medicaid have problems with tooth decay.  Furthermore, children in Medicaid remain at higher risk of dental disease compared to children with private health insurance.  In fact, children in Medicaid were almost twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay.

A summary, with links to the full report, may be found here.

A list of recent articles on Medicaid and Oral Health may be found in PubMed.


Community Efforts to Expand Dental Services for Low-Income People

September 26, 2008

The Center for Studying Health System Change recently published an issue brief exploring the oral health of low-income people.  The brief identifies key barriers and attempts that are being made to provide dental services to these individuals.

The report includes sections on:

  • State Medicaid and SCHIP Policy Affects Dental Access
  • Significant Gaps in the Dental Safety Net
  • Community Efforts to Expand Dental Services
  • Implications

The authors conclude that low-income people will continue to lack access unless there is more involvement from the dental community and state and federal policy makers.

Read the full brief here.


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