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

The Surprising Reason You Need to Know If Your Dentist’s Office Is Open

By |2020-06-22T13:02:08-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Covid, News|

If your local dentist's office is busy post-lockdown, we've all got reason to smile! The New York Times recently reported that dental offices serve as a bellwether for our economy: when business is booming, it's typically a sign of economic stability. This would be very welcome news post-lockdown, given that so many Americans have lost

Dentists face the coronavirus, and patients’ fear, as they reopen for elective procedures

By |2020-06-11T17:34:12-04:00June 10th, 2020|Covid, News|

Daniel Roberts kept the broken tooth — or what was left of it. He can joke about the souvenir a month later, but initially found nothing funny about needing a dental procedure in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “Basically, it was just rotten, and a good chunk of it was cracked,” Roberts says. He

Some doctor, dental practices may never reopen in N.J. due to financial toll of coronavirus, health officials say

By |2020-05-19T17:07:11-04:00May 18th, 2020|Covid, News|

Some surgical centers and physician and dental offices across New Jersey that closed during the coronavirus outbreak or dramatically cut back their patient visits may have to shutter permanently, New Jersey’s health care leaders told state lawmakers Monday. Despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that elective and invasive medical and dental procedures can resume next week,

COVID-19 Adds Suspense to Dental Insurance

By |2020-04-29T12:16:39-04:00April 29th, 2020|Covid, insurance, News|

COVID-19 is shaking up a strong, steady health insurance sector: the dental insurance market. Amy Friedrich, president of the U.S. insurance solutions division at Principal Financial Group Inc., talked about the impact of the pandemic today, during a conference call with securities analysts that was streamed live on the web. Federal officials have advised dentists

COVID-19 May Cut Dental Services Spending for 3 Years: Actuaries

By |2020-04-15T12:52:06-04:00April 15th, 2020|coronavirus, Covid, News|

The COVID-19 pandemic could cut dental insurance claims sharply this year, and a little bit for two years after that. Joanne Fontana and Thomas Murawski, actuaries at Milliman, make that prediction in a new analysis of the pandemic impact. Their base scenario shows that COVID-19 could lead to a 34% reduction in dental claims this year, a 7%

COVID-19 and Your Oral Health — Q&A with Dr. Keith Libou

By |2020-04-14T22:16:21-04:00April 14th, 2020|Covid|

Dr. Keith Libou serves as Chief Clinical Officer at Delta Dental of New Jersey, the state’s leading dental benefits carrier.  He is licensed to practice dentistry in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. In this Q&A, he addresses many common oral health and dentistry questions to help keep New Jersey residents informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

By |2020-04-05T21:40:17-04:00April 5th, 2020|Covid, News|

Good dental hygiene might not be in the front of your mind in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. That could change quickly if you develop a painful cavity and can’t get in to see a dentist. “I understand that this isn’t the most normal of times, but it’s very important to control the things