EAT’s Dental Program provides services in all of our communities. Services provided include examinations, emergency treatment, preventative services (cleanings, sealants, and fluoride application), extractions, root canals, full and partial dentures, crowns, and bridges. Eastern Aleutian Tribes is among the first regional corporations to provide complete dental services to our communities. In the past, dental services were only available when a dentist from Southcentral Foundation flew to the area to conduct a dental clinic, often only twice a year. If the weather turned bad, the schedule would be completely disrupted. Long term lack of access to professional dental care has been a major contributor to Alaska Natives having the highest rate of tooth decay of any population group in the nation. Tooth decay has been linked to prenatal issues and heart disease. With the arrival of four skilled and experienced dental personnel, EAT has a full time dentist, a dental hygienist, and two dental health aide therapists (DHAT) to serve our region. Dr. Michael Costa and DHAT Erik Linduska are based in King Cove, and Dental Hygienist Rebecca Howe and DHAT Chelsea Shoemaker are based in Sand Point.
Our Dentist, Dr. Michael Costa, served as Director of La Clinica’s dental program in Medford, Oregon for seven years, and was a registered nurse for 15 years prior to that. He earned his DDS degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Costa can diagnose and treat dental diseases, fill teeth, make crowns, perform root canals, remove teeth, and perform surgical procedures.
Dental Hygienist Rebecca Howe is a licensed professional who can exam oral tissues and clean teeth. She earned an associates degree in dental hygiene, and also has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her job includes educating patients and preventing dental diseases. Becky has been providing dental care since 2000.
DHATs Erik Linduska and Chelsea Shoemaker enrolled in the DENTEX Program in 2008. Sponsored by Eastern Aleutian Tribes, they graduated in 2010. They provide preventative services, raise awareness about proper dental care, and provide fillings, sealants, fluoride, etc. Thanks to this team of dedicated professionals, each of our communities is assured of qualified, excellent care.