Theresa Pablos

Theresa Pablos is an associate editor at As a writer and digital journalist based out of San Francisco, she specializes in health and science content. Previously, Theresa was an assistant for the Syfy channel, where she helped bring television programs from concept to fruition. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, where she majored in broadcast and digital journalism with minors in cinematic arts and digital studies.

Articles by this author
Why is it so difficult to estimate access to dental care?
August 16, 2018 -- Why is it so hard to accurately estimate access to dental care? Researchers published new critiques of an ADA Health Policy Institute analysis on geographic access to dental care. The critiques provide insight into why it's hard, but may not be impossible, to provide accurate estimates.  Discuss
New studies link perio health to kidney health
August 15, 2018 -- Periodontal health has again been linked to kidney health in two new studies presented at the recent 2018 International Association of Dental Research meeting in London. The studies found a significant association between chronic kidney disease and signs of poor periodontal health.  Discuss
Record number of kids participate in Medicaid/CHIP
August 13, 2018 -- A record number of eligible children are participating in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to new data from Health Affairs. As of 2016, nearly 94% of eligible children were enrolled in the programs.  Discuss
Opioids for third-molar extractions linked to persistent use
August 7, 2018 -- Adolescents and young adults who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom teeth extractions are more than twice as likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, according to new research published on August 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Antibiotic prescriptions vary by season, specialty
August 6, 2018 -- Dentists prescribe millions of antibiotics, but prescription trends vary by dental specialty and time of year, which may represent an inappropriate use of antibiotics, according to new research presented at the recent 2018 International Association of Dental Research (IADR ) meeting in London.  Discuss
AI is poised to upgrade dentistry
August 1, 2018 -- Leaders from top dental companies came together to discuss the future of dentistry at the 2018 Sikka Healthcare Marketplace Partner Summit on July 27. Sikka Software Chairman and CEO Vijay Sikka detailed how artificial intelligence (AI) may upgrade the dental experience.  Discuss
ADHA, advocacy groups call for Medicare dental benefits
July 30, 2018 -- Multiple oral health advocacy organizations and the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) are calling for the U.S. government to add dental benefits to Medicare. The latest movement started after Oral Health America published a white paper in support of the concept.  Discuss
Dentistry is becoming more diverse -- Here's why that matters
July 24, 2018 -- In 2018, the majority of dental school applicants were women and nonwhite. American Dental Education Association President and CEO Dr. Richard Valachovic spoke with about what the changing demographics of dentistry could mean for the profession.  Discuss
Researchers discover pain relief pathway with fewer opioids
July 19, 2018 -- Better relief for acute pain using fewer opioids may be on the horizon thanks to new research into a chemical compound that targets multiple pain receptors. Researchers found that the addition of one type of protein provided better pain relief at a lower morphine dose in rodents.  Discuss
ADA predicts more dentists through 2037
July 12, 2018 -- The number of full-time dentists in the U.S. is projected to increase through 2037, according to a new ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) brief. The new estimates are the latest from the institute and an update to a similar report from 2016.  Discuss