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Double Check Your Dental Insurance Decision

By |2019-09-10T21:17:29-04:00September 9th, 2019|insurance, News|

Dental insurance is not really insurance. Your health and car insurance are ways to reduce your risk of large, unforeseen payments. You make regular small payments and in return you don’t have to pay for a new car if you are unlucky and get into a major crash. Your insurance covers that. Yet, at Harvard,

Poor Oral Health Linked to Cognitive Decline, Perceived Stress, Rutgers Studies Find

By |2019-09-05T16:06:57-04:00September 4th, 2019|insurance, News, seniors|

Oral health is an essential part of psychological well-being and overall health in older adults. Poor oral health is associated with decreased quality of life, depression, hypertension, and cognitive decline. Two Rutgers studies, co-authored by Darina Petrovsky, Bei Wu, and Weiyu Mao, and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, explored the relationship

Maryland’s new dental insurance program for low-income residents pays to remove teeth — but not replace them

By |2019-08-23T21:53:46-04:00August 22nd, 2019|insurance, News|

Bridget Morlan called the number on her first-ever dental insurance card and held her breath. After more than 30 years of dealing with broken teeth, gum infections and toothaches that landed her in the emergency room dozens of times, the Baltimore woman hoped the new coverage would make everything better. “I’m wishing for a miracle,”

What’s covered and who pays what: It’s all in the EOB

By |2019-08-23T13:19:27-04:00August 22nd, 2019|insurance, News|

Drumroll … Congratulations — the dental plan paid the claim! Or did they? Confirmation that your claim has been processed comes in two forms: payment and/or an explanation of benefits. An EOB is sent to the patient and/or dental office as a receipt of services provided. Unfortunately, dental plans do not have standardized formats for these

Philadelphia family hit with $2,500 surprise bill for dental anesthesia

By |2019-07-29T13:32:50-04:00July 29th, 2019|insurance|

At 15, it was time for Maili McGraw to get rid of the two stubborn baby teeth that were preventing full-sized canine teeth from growing in. The oral surgeon scheduled the extraction, as well as removal of Maili’s four wisdom teeth at Nazareth Hospital, near the family’s home in Northeast Philadelphia, in early March. Maili’s

Dental visits start declining as people get older — and there’s a painful price to pay

By |2019-07-26T09:10:51-04:00July 25th, 2019|seniors|

U.S. adults are less likely to visit the dentist around age 80, according to new research. And that trend that could have far-reaching health and economic consequences. The study, published in the journal Research on Aging, analyzed the use of dental services among adults aged 50 and older using five waves of the University of

WSJ: AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills

By |2019-07-16T14:29:40-04:00July 16th, 2019|AI, News|

Companies that provide business support to dentists are starting to use artificial intelligence to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures, pointing to the technology’s cost-cutting potential. Dental support organizations don’t get involved in patient care but they can take care of everything from accounting to tax preparation for dental practices that

For Most Seniors, Oral Health Goes Uncovered: Without insurance, dental care can take a bite out of fixed incomes

By |2019-07-10T13:46:03-04:00July 10th, 2019|seniors|

If you’re over sixty-five, chances are better than two-to-one you don’t have dental insurance. According to a report [PDF] released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 29.2 percent of American seniors had dental insurance as of 2017. And, according to the CDC, those who are over seventy-five, black, Hispanic, or