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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:

The Current Health Crisis Threatens to Increase Disparities in Teen Oral Health in the U.S.

By |2020-09-16T15:32:00-04:00September 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The current pandemic is affecting African Americans and Latinos particularly hard, reports U.S. News, particularly in the realm of dental and oral health. On the whole, oral health has improved in children and teens alike significantly over the past half century, owing to actions such as water fluoridation and school-based sealant programs. But youths with minimal access

Be Smart – don’t waste your dental insurance

By |2020-09-16T15:24:33-04:00September 15th, 2020|insurance|

In this era of uncertainty everyone needs to be careful about so many things. It’s always true  that regular dental visits save money in the long run. If you are fortunate enough to have dental benefits it’s imperative to use them to their fullest. Did you know your dental benefits reset every year? It’s true.

Dentists react to TikTok’s ‘terrible’ money-saving trend: ‘I felt it in my teeth as it was happening’

By |2020-09-18T08:32:18-04:00September 14th, 2020|Covid, News|

A new TikTok trend has sprouted where users film themselves shaving down their teeth with nail files in an attempt to save money on dental work. Dentists, and this editor, are extremely displeased. On average, Americans pay anywhere from $15 to $50 per month for dental insurance. Unlike medical insurance, dental insurance cuts off coverage

Why offering dental benefits matters even more during a pandemic

By |2020-09-09T17:19:43-04:00September 9th, 2020|News|

Nearly half of employers nationwide are strengthening health and wellness benefits so employees can more easily get the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Workplace perks like complimentary beverages, food and on-site gyms are great. But with many people still working from home, some of these office benefits may be of less value to

The challenges of advocating during a pandemic

By |2020-08-11T17:54:59-04:00August 10th, 2020|ada, News|

When states began shutting down in March due to concerns over COVID-19, it seemed likely that dental societies’ lobbying agendas would also shut down. Credentialing hurdles. Virtual credit card headaches. Anti-patient waiting periods. Dr. Gehani In a normal year, these are some of the key legislative issues the state societies might be advocating to change.

Pandemic Threatens to Deepen Disparities in Dental Health

By |2020-08-05T14:37:45-04:00August 5th, 2020|Covid|

ENSCONCED IN A once-hard but rapidly gentrifying corner of northeast Washington, D.C., Dimples Dental Suite has a clientele that, in normal times, largely reflects the diversity of a changing urban neighborhood. In Dr. Takeisha Presson's waiting room, white patients with office jobs on nearby Capitol Hill often rub elbows with working-class African Americans, the municipal

Dentists Are Open. Here’s What to Expect At Your Next Exam

By |2020-08-04T14:03:52-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Covid|

Since many dentists closed their doors to routine cleanings and exams in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients were left wondering what the office would look like upon their return. “The dental industry has been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and those effects will continue to be seen and felt for months to

Preserve dental benefits for our most vulnerable citizens

By |2020-08-04T13:44:34-04:00August 3rd, 2020|insurance, seniors|

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our state’s budget. Once again, dental care for poor adults is on the chopping block. Eliminating dental benefits for adults using Medicaid will not solve our budget problems — and will lead to more unnecessary suffering. Good oral health is essential to our health and well-being. It helps us to