Major National Survey Reveals Impending Spike in Oral Health Needs

By |2021-04-12T10:26:13-04:00April 12th, 2021|News|

Uncovering a potential surge in upcoming health needs, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health today released the first in a series of reports that will provide in-depth analysis of the results of a comprehensive national survey aimed at understanding oral health equity in the US. The report released today, “A Coming Surge in Oral Health Treatment Needs,” looks specifically at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our oral health

Expanding access to dental care is good for Mainers and the economy

By |2021-04-07T17:04:02-04:00April 7th, 2021|News|

It’s become a perennial issue in Maine: Lawmakers introduce legislation to extend health insurance, both public and private, to cover dental care. This year is no different with three such bills pending in Augusta. Two of the bills, including bipartisan legislation sponsored by House Speaker Ryan Fecteau, would add preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services

Is Dental Insurance Worth the Cost?

By |2021-04-07T16:35:01-04:00April 7th, 2021|News|

In the past, dental insurance was considered a luxury that only wealthy people could afford.  Today most people believe they need dental insurance.  Businesses commonly offer dental insurance in their benefits packages, and individuals often buy their own. Medical insurance policies have a long and colorful history, but dental insurance only came about in the

10 best electric toothbrushes of 2021, according to dentists

By |2021-10-19T17:45:56-04:00March 9th, 2021|News|

In between your bi-annual teeth cleanings, experts say you should regularly brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth at least once a day. And the type of toothbrush you employ can impact your overall oral hygiene. Electric toothbrushes, which typically vibrate or automate the brushing process to some degree and

Is It Worth It for Seniors to Buy Dental Insurance?

By |2021-03-04T16:41:18-05:00March 4th, 2021|insurance, News, seniors|

Seniors are often faced with a difficult choice when it comes to their dental health. Original Medicare doesn't offer any coverage for routine dental care, and without employer subsidies, private dental insurance for seniors can be more pricey than expected. Here's how to figure out how to get the best value for your dental insurance

Pandemic Has Affected Kids’ Dental Health: Poll

By |2021-02-17T19:30:59-05:00February 17th, 2021|children, Covid, News|

Could the COVID-19 pandemic be taking a toll on kids' teeth? A new, nationwide poll found the pandemic has made it harder for parents to get their kids regular dental care. But on the other hand, many say their youngsters are now taking better care of their teeth. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll

How COVID-19 is keeping kids away from the dentist — especially children on Medicaid

By |2021-02-17T19:23:30-05:00February 16th, 2021|children, Covid, News|

Some 32% of parents report that the pandemic has made it harder to get their kids preventive dental care, a new study says, with Medicaid beneficiaries more likely than privately insured people to encounter issues. Six in 10 parents have attempted to get their child preventive dental care during the COVID-19 crisis, with a majority

Tense Times Mean More Tooth-Grinding, Dentists Warn

By |2021-02-07T10:13:10-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Covid, News|

If pandemic-related stress has you grinding your teeth, you're not alone. Dentists say tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching are on the rise due to the many challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. "We've been seeing an increase in the number of patients looking for appointments to replace broken mouth guards" that have been cracked or chewed through,

New series seeks to share guidance on how to relieve dental insurance headaches

By |2021-02-02T14:08:21-05:00February 2nd, 2021|insurance, News|

ADA News is launching a new series called Dental Insurance Hub to help dentists and their dental teams overcome dental insurance obstacles so they can focus on patient care. The series of articles, kicking off in March, will provide members ready-to-use dental insurance solutions and share advocacy that helps the profession hold dental insurance companies

How to get back on track with your family’s dental care in 2021

By |2021-01-25T19:47:59-05:00January 25th, 2021|News|

Another year has flown by, and if you are a parent, you have taken into account all the things that did not happen as planned in 2020. Things like family vacations and celebrations, you may not have gotten a haircut for yourself recently or gone to the gym in the last 10 months. Many of these things