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

The Silent Epidemic in Oral Health

By |2020-02-28T11:12:07-05:00February 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

TRANSCRIPT JULIE FLAHERTY:  In 2007, Alyce Driver was a mom in Maryland scraping together a living working at a grocery store and caring for the elderly. One of her struggles was trying to find a dentist for her kids—one who would take Medicaid—but despite countless phone calls and even the help of a pro bono

How small businesses can leverage benefits as a recruiting tool

By |2020-02-28T10:34:01-05:00February 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

It’s harder than ever for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to compete for top talent. This is a result of a combination of factors (i.e. budgeting, worker qualifications, etc.) and greater influenced by the fact that unemployment rates are at an all-time low. In a workers’ market, salaries rise and larger companies get creative in

Quip, an Instagram-Friendly Toothbrush Company, Is Going After the Dental Insurance Industry

By |2019-07-10T13:42:52-04:00July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Quip, an online subscription platform that ships dental supplies to consumers, is expanding its service to help members book professional care for their mouths. Called Quipcare, the app-based platform allows those using the company’s service to browse nearby options at set rates, pay for their care and manage treatment notes or reminders. These visits, according

Not on my watch! A Warning about DIY

By |2019-06-26T13:15:21-04:00June 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A 26-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PRESENTS for a new-patient exam. She had already been seen for a limited exam and subsequent extraction of a wisdom tooth. She was diagnosed with generalized Class II periodontal disease and multiple restorative needs, including gross apple-core and interproximal caries. It is highly likely that several teeth will end up needing crowns

Often lost in health care debate, lack of dental insurance impacts millions

By |2019-06-21T14:37:08-04:00June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The severe pain struck when Christian Ortega’s lower left molars decayed, causing one molar to break. The pain was so bad that one day he had to skip his shift as a cook. Lacking dental insurance, Ortega had previously scheduled an appointment at a Western Dental office, where he says the quote he was given

How Fixing Your Teeth Can Fix Your Face

By |2019-06-13T16:43:17-04:00June 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Our thoughts on teeth and aging typically begin and end at color. A white smile is youthful, so we bleach our teeth. But there’s a wide world of so-called anti-aging dental interventions out there. With orthodontics and restorations, dentists can often manipulate the size, shape and arrangement of teeth to subtract years from a face.

At-home invisible teeth aligners could come back to bite you

By |2019-05-01T08:27:54-04:00May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

You’ve seen the trendy ads for mail-order dental aligners that took over bus stops and subway cars a few years ago: “Don’t watch the gap; close the gap.” “Straighten your smile in an average of six months.” The promise? To turn your snaggletoothed frown upside down without the pricey services of an orthodontist. Fast forward

Tooth Decay Can Be Detrimental to Your Health

By |2019-04-11T20:41:33-04:00April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

If somebody tells you that decaying teeth can be fatal to your very life, you'd think it ridiculous. However, a recent study reveals that the condition can have sweeping implications for a person's entire physical health. It has been widely believed that lack of oral health leads to heart disease. This long-held belief was augmented

Cutbacks by some doctors halved new opioid prescriptions over 5 years

By |2019-03-15T09:29:37-04:00March 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54 percent between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S., largely because many doctors stopped prescribing the painkillers, according to a study of more than 86 million people covered by private insurance. The number of prescriptions for three days’ worth of an opioid - the recommended amount for an