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New dental practice focuses on patients’ minds, not just teeth

By |2020-12-23T08:36:11-05:00December 22nd, 2020|News|

Jeremy and Elissa Silverman are combining their respective fields of expertise in their Chandler dental pratice to accommodate the anxious patient. Jeremy is a dentist and Elissa a licensed clinical social worker – two professions that they believe will offer a more holistic approach to dentistry when put under the same roof. The couple opened

AG Office: Dental practices charging patients extra fees during COVID-19 pandemic

By |2020-12-23T08:54:22-05:00December 21st, 2020|coronavirus, Covid, News|

The state Attorney General’s Office is notifying consumers about their rights in regards to dental practices and their provider’s responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AG’s Office on Monday released an advisory after receiving multiple concerns from residents about surcharges. Many times, consumers were not aware of the fee until after the services were provided.

The Health 202: Health insurers balk at last-minute deal in Congress on surprise medical bills

By |2020-12-14T08:18:35-05:00December 14th, 2020|insurance, insurance executives, Legislation, News|

Health insurers are furiously lobbying Congress to tweak a last-minute deal on protecting Americans from surprise medical bills — one that is viewed as favoring doctors over them. But they’re up against a ticking clock, heavy influence from private-equity-backed physician groups — and the reality that the pandemic boosted their profits even as medical providers

The Pros and Cons of Deep Cleaning Teeth

By |2020-12-11T08:22:04-05:00December 11th, 2020|News|

Dental hygiene can fight bad breath and prevent gum disease. So it’s important to regularly brush and floss, and see a dentist twice a year for routine dental cleanings. Sometimes, though, a dentist will recommend deep teeth cleaning. Signs that you might need a deep cleaning include bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose teeth. Although

Use Your Dental Insurance Before Year’s End

By |2020-12-06T10:40:37-05:00December 6th, 2020|insurance, News|

The end of the year is full of activities. Family, school, and work obligations can keep you running constantly, without the time to consider other important things – such as whether you have used all of the health care and dental plan benefits covered by your insurance. Are insurance concerns not high on your holiday

3 Ways Having Dental Insurance Pays Off in the Long Term

By |2020-12-06T10:25:30-05:00December 6th, 2020|insurance, News|

If you’re deciding whether to invest in dental insurance for 2021, it’s important to realize how regular dental care can help preserve your health — dental and medical — years down the line. For people trying to achieve a healthy smile for as long as possible, dental insurance makes it easier to invest in the

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,