Covid

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

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

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

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

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

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,