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How teledentistry will play into dental insurance benefits in 2021 and beyond

By |2020-11-18T17:01:33-05:00November 18th, 2020|Covid, insurance, Teledentistry, telemedicine|

With COVID-19, teledentistry skyrocketed into the dental headlines in 2020. Now, with dental patients preparing for open insurance enrollment, what benefit will they see in teledentistry and will it become even bigger in 2021? That's one of the biggest questions I wanted to ask Dr. Maria Kunstadter and Dr. Katina Spadoni as this year winds down. Kunstadter

ADA responds to claim that HIV spreads via toothbrush sharing

By |2020-11-17T16:40:50-05:00November 17th, 2020|ada, News|

The head of an independent charity in the U.K. has been criticized after claiming that a person can get HIV by sharing an infected person's toothbrush, though the virus is not spread through saliva, according to news reports. Both the ADA and HIV Scotland have denounced claims made by Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the

This has been a jaw-clenching year. Dentists deal with the fall-out.

By |2020-11-03T23:50:05-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Covid, News|

Election Day is here — finally. To say 2020 has been a stressful year is one of those “well duh” statements that won’t send you running for your most trusted fact-checker for confirmation. This campaign season, which began long before the start of this most unusual year, has brought much jaw clenching with the seemingly

Claim denials: Know your rights when filing an appeal

By |2020-10-30T17:56:18-04:00October 30th, 2020|insurance, News|

Quick Summary: It is very important that dentists and their teams know and understand their rights when appealing a claim denial and how the law can protect you and your patient. To minimize the frustration of dealing with a claim denial, it is important to understand how a lot of claims are processed today. By Cindy Hartwell,

Teledentistry is filling a cavity left by the pandemic, but some caution it can’t replace in-person visits

By |2020-10-22T15:54:37-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Covid, News, Teledentistry, telemedicine|

Donella Pogue has trouble finding dentists in her rural area willing to accommodate her 21-year-old son, Justin, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty sitting still when touched. And this summer, he had a cavity and his face swelled. Pogue, of Bristol, New York, reached out to

How to Treat and Prevent Dental Root Cavities

By |2020-10-08T23:05:39-04:00October 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What causes root decay? Typically, tooth decay causes all cavities, including root cavities, to develop. The process occurs over time, and it starts with a sticky film called plaque that develops on your teeth when bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and starches that are left behind from the foods that you eat. The

How to Care for Your Teeth in Your 30s

By |2020-10-08T22:56:01-04:00October 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

When you’re a kid, dental care boils down to one simple task: don’t get cavities. Following this directive is equally simple. Brush your teeth twice a day, go light on soda and candy, and put up with an annual dental cleaning. After which, if your dentist is cool, you go home with a lollipop. (Sugar-free,

By |2020-10-08T23:01:51-04:00October 6th, 2020|News|

Trick-or-treating may be up in the air for 2020, but one thing that’s definitely not canceled? Halloween candy. We’ll still be able to enjoy festive goodies, even if we have to buy bags of our favorite treats ourselves. The only downside? Candy is still bad for our teeth. Matthew Messina, a dentist, and spokesperson for the American

5 factors to consider for post-COVID dentistry

By |2020-09-18T07:43:17-04:00September 18th, 2020|Covid, News|

The past six months have been a whirlwind for dentistry. Clinics closed abruptly in March and slowly rebounded during the early summer. Dental professionals have always prioritized patient health and safety, and that became especially clear throughout the pandemic. As we continue facing COVID and rethink the new normal, here are five key factors that

New survey shows changing dental insurance landscape. Here’s what you need to know

By |2020-09-18T12:28:32-04:00September 17th, 2020|News|

The number of health plans offering adult dental benefits has more than doubled since 2018, according to a new survey by the firm West Monroe Partners, as health and dental insurers hurtle toward convergence. While in some ways this represents a drastic shift, in others it is in keeping with broad changes in health care: