Grassroots solutions from America's dentists: Getting everyone the dental care

Grassroots solutions from America's dentists: Getting everyone the dental care
In San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Sarah Dirks, a dentist, brought care directly to vulnerable elderly people whose medical conditions confined them to nursing home facilities. – In Vermont and Florida, Jenna Linden was a game changer in overcoming local …
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Business digest: Sunday, Nov. 23
Bruyere has practiced general, cosmetic and implant restoration dentistry in Longview since 1985. His office is at 444 Forest Square, Suite G. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, East Texas Dental Society, and …
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Houston Dentist Achieves Invisalign Elite Provider Designation
She is a member of several professional dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In addition to Invisalign®, Dr.
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Can Your New York Area Dentist Diagnose Cancer?

Visiting your New York Dentist is not the best idea if you suspect that there is a possible mouth or tongue cancer. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that there is cause for concern in the subtle changes to mouth tissue. That is probably why most of these are initially recognized during routine dental check-ups.

Ideally, anyone involved in habits that contribute to the development of oral cancers namely chewing tobacco, smoking or using snuff; would learn the symptoms of these diseases and watch for them. In a perfect world these folks would be hyper-sensitive to any lesions, discoloration or changes in oral tissue. If we all did then these cancers would be detected very early and the prognosis would be far, far better.

Perfect world scenarios rarely pan out however. People who engage in risky health practices are also likely to dismiss dental hygiene with a quick brushing now and then. Even more startling is the statistic for oral cancers among people who are involved in no risky habits. About 27 % of those contracting oral cancers have no known risk factors. That’s why dentists are trained to examine and identify mouth cancers particularly on the tongue during every routine dental examination. Long before other health professionals are called into the patient’s consultation the dentist has often made a preliminary diagnosis.

Some New York dentists are using new technology to help identify and mark precancerous tissues especially in “at risk” groups. These use a combination of harmless blue marking dyes and light to make the mouth screening more accurate. The new protocol, called ViziLite Plus is produced by Zila Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona. While this is not a revolutionary change in oral cancer screening it does use a simple concept to make the process better.

That’s reason enough to keep six month dental check-ups. Of course the other main reasons are still of primary concern. But having a dentist perform a visual examination for cancer in the head and neck area every time a routine check up and cleaning is scheduled is sort of a value added bonus for the consumer in all of us!

It is estimated that the most advanced cases of oral cancer may require medical care that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat. The treatment isn’t anything that most people would want to go through either. Surgeries up to and including removing many parts of the mouth and tongue may be necessary. Most people can think of far better ways to spend that money. This of course makes the value of early oral cancer diagnosis more important from even a micro budgeting standpoint.

Even without health insurance these semi-annual visits are a bargain. Prevention of periodontal disease is also a huge money savings that can result from professional tooth cleaning. And catching caries before a deep cavity is formed saves suffering as well as tooth structures. Removing stains during the six month check up and cleaning is intended to keep caries from forming but is more valuable than a tube of new lip stick from a cosmetic stand point.

Long-in-the-Tooth Dental Advice

Long-in-the-Tooth Dental Advice
According to 2013 data from the American Dental Association, which surveyed private dentists, the average cost of a basic examination is about $ 45, while a cleaning is $ 85. X-rays are another $ 27; a tooth-colored filling is $ 149, while a silver filling …
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Charly Edsitty
She also has completed internships with CBS News and The White House and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. Charly was born in Farmington, New Mexico, but … She graduated from Cactus High School in Glendale and received her …
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Legislators Call on FDA to Study use of Plastic Microbeads in Toothpastes

Legislators Call on FDA to Study use of Plastic Microbeads in Toothpastes
Some dentists said the beads were getting stuck in people's teeth and gums, causing them to raise concerns about the potential for infections. Both Procter & Gamble and the American Dental Association (ADA) have maintained the products are safe for use.
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Achievements: UI faculty, staff, students, and alumni making news
Allareddy, V; Elangovan, S; Nalliah, RP; Chickmagalur, N; Allareddy, V: an article, "Pathways for foreign-trained dentists to pursue careers in the United States." J Dent Educ. … Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2014 Oct;25(10):2335-41.
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Financial hurdles remain for dental care
Approximately 8.7 million children — and only about 800,000 adults — could gain extensive dental coverage through the ACA by 2018, according to the American Dental Association. The health care law requires dental coverage be an essential health …
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KEDM at ULM to broadcast senate debates

KEDM at ULM to broadcast senate debates
KEDM 90.3 FM, at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will broadcast the first of two live Louisiana senate debates from 7-8 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in conjunction with the Council for A Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. KEDM …
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Dangerous Dentures
Yuma, Arizona – Seniors who sit in a draft are likely to catch a cold; those who leave their dentures in overnight could be at a higher risk for pneumonia, the Association of Mature American Citizens concludes from a new study published by the …
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Phoenix Dentist, Dr. Christy, is Now Offering Ten Percent Off On All Dental
Phoenix dentist, Dr. Christy, is now offering 10 percent off all dental treatments for November. Whether patients simply need routine care or have a more in-depth dental health need, there is no better time than now to get that necessary care. The …
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