ADA: 8.3M adults now eligible for Medicaid dental benefits
March 10, 2014 -- More than 8 million low-income adults will become eligible for dental benefits this year, according to a new ADA analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But expanded Medicaid coverage doesn't guarantee increased access to dental care, the report noted.
JADA: Guide for treating traumatized patients
March 10, 2014 -- A patient presents with orofacial injuries that seem suspicious, making you wonder if your patient has been the victim of abuse. What do you do next? A team of researchers has laid out a useful framework in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association that can guide you when treating potentially traumatized patients.
Mother's saliva predicts kids' early childhood caries
March 7, 2014 -- How does a mother's oral health affect her very young children? A new study in the Journal of Dental Research found that bacteria levels in a mother's saliva can predict the likelihood of early childhood caries in her children.
Report: Minn. dental therapists are making an impact
March 6, 2014 -- Dental therapists are having a positive impact in several areas in Minnesota, according to a preliminary progress report by the state's health department and dental board issued to the state Legislature. However, the Minnesota Dental Association says it's too early to tell.
Analysis of ADC vs. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
March 6, 2014 -- Why should anyone care about a dental Medicaid ruling from an administrative law court in Travis County in Texas? Not just because it potentially involves millions of taxpayer dollars, but also because public record disclosure revealed mechanisms for defrauding taxpayers.
2 portraits of Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, Anne Frank's roommate
March 5, 2014 -- In his latest history column, Daniel Demers writes about a fortunate find at a flea market that uncovered the true story of Dr. Friedrich "Fritz" Pfeffer, the dentist who hid along with Anne Frank before they were betrayed to the occupying Nazi forces.
Dental Group Practices Association names new executive director
March 4, 2014 -- This week, the Dental Group Practices Association (DGPA) announced the appointment of a new executive director, Quinn Dufurrena, DDS, JD. Dr. Dufurrena comes to the association with an extensive resume and background in dental fields. In a discussion with DrBicuspid.com, Dr. Dufurrena said that dental support organizations are the way of the future in dentistry, which is where the DGPA can be a positive force.
Sheri's Solutions: The 'new' piece of equipment
March 4, 2014 -- When it is finally time to replace or add equipment, how can you ensure that you know all that you need to know about it until you actually try to use it? Always ask for instructions, even if you think you know how it works, Dr. Sheri Doniger advises.