TOP DENTAL NEWS
Dental offices earned $87 billion in 2006
December 24, 2007 -- After a year of crunching the numbers, the Census Bureau has come up with a figure for the total revenue generated by the dental profession in 2006: $87 billion. Overall, the health care and social assistance sector earned 1.6 trillion, and physicians' offices accounted for $331 billion of it, according to the bureau's latest report.  Discuss
Individual insurance plans rarely include dental
December 24, 2007 -- Acupuncture? Yeah! Chiropractic? Yes, please. But dentistry? Nah. Those are the results of a recent survey by America's Health Insurance Plans that asked its member insurance companies what kind of benefits they are giving customers with individual plans.
New online insurance market launched
December 24, 2007 -- Cashing in on the click-and-buy craze, Benefitfocus has introduced a new technology -- Benefitfocus eDirect -- that makes it easier for health insurers to sell individual and family health insurance online.  Discuss
Denturists busy in Kentucky
December 24, 2007 -- Denturists -- nondentists who make dentures -- are flourishing in Kentucky and other states, despite laws against them, according to an article in today's New York Times.  Discuss
Cosmetic dentistry a $2.75 billion market
December 20, 2007 -- How much are patients willing to pay for cosmetic procedures? $495,000 per practice, per year! Or so calculates an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey. Based on responses from 5,500 members, the big picture is pretty big: Cosmetic procedures earned dentists $2.75 billion in 2006, a 15% increase over 2005.  Discuss
Delta Dental of Michigan goes green
December 20, 2007 -- Delta Dental of Michigan announced it will spend $85 million on expanding its headquarters, add 150 new employees to its payroll, and go green.  Discuss
Guardian expands dental coverage to include teeth whitening
December 19, 2007 -- That dazzling-white Hollywood smile is most patients' dream, and their enthusiasm will likely grow -- if insurance foots the bill. And that's exactly what the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is doing. In a recent move, the company has expanded its dental plan coverage to include teeth whitening, citing client and broker demand as the key reason.  Discuss
Mouthguards blamed for infections
December 19, 2007 -- Researchers are convinced that people are getting sick from bacteria, viruses, and mold living on their mouthguards.  Discuss
Luitpold acquires rights to BioMimetic's dental business
December 18, 2007 -- BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. has announced that it is selling the manufacturing rights for GEM 21S -- its grafting material for bone and periodontal regeneration -- to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. BioMimetic will receive $40 million plus royalties.  Discuss
Dentists and patients disagree on the perfect smile
December 18, 2007 -- Having a hard time convincing some patients that they really need cosmetic work? Maybe patients think their smile looks better than you think it does. Or so says a study in the latest issue of JADA.  Discuss