ADA forecasts more DSOs in dentistry's future November 7, 2017 -- More dentists than ever were associated with dental service/support organizations (DSOs) in 2016, and that number is expected to rise, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. These organizations were also in more states in 2016 than the previous year. Discuss
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities August 11, 2017 -- In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Discuss
Calif. resumes RDA licensing August 10, 2017 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on August 7 that resumes licensing of registered dental assistants (RDAs) despite a continued suspension of the practical exam.
Long-term care staff lack oral healthcare training August 1, 2017 -- Adding to the literature on oral healthcare in long-term care facilities, researchers have found that training on the subject was lacking among care staff at six such facilities in New England, according to a presentation at the recent International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. Discuss
Oral health policy for older adults is a mess July 28, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Oral health policy for adults in long-term care facilities is a mess, according to a presentation by Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. Mertz discussed the depth of the policy problem and how four states are trying to solve it. Discuss
Second Opinion: Georgia bill addresses preventive care needs April 25, 2017 -- During the last hours of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session in March, legislators passed a bill allowing dental hygienists to work under the general supervision of a dentist. In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, details the intent of the legislation and how it will aid low-income children in Georgia. Discuss
Why don't female dentists earn as much money as men? April 20, 2017 -- Why is there a persistent gap in earnings between male and female dentists? Researchers examined this issue in dentists, compared with physicians and lawyers, and found that the difference has decreased among them all but remains. However, a greater proportion of the gap is still unexplained among dentists, an amount that has held steady over time. Discuss
Kaiser Permanente premiers integrated medical-dental clinic January 30, 2017 -- Kaiser Permanente opened a pilot integrated medical-dental clinic in January that is believed to be the first such enterprise that is not publicly funded. Located in Beaverton, OR, the clinic is the first for Kaiser in which both types of care are offered in the same building and medical and dental staff also work together to provide integrated care. Discuss