Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Dental Download: March 28, 2014

This week, we learn how to get dental coverage under the ACA, discuss new findings on the number of adults with cavities, find out why getting your gum disease treated can reduce your overall medical bills and watch a creative way to pull a loose tooth in Ireland. Join the conversation on Twitter using #FridayDentalDL.

Tequila Terry, DentaQuest regional vice president of client services, explains how to get dental coverage in Maryland under the ACA in this helpful Q&A. Dental insurance policies vary in each state and are confusing to many, causing some children to remain without dental care even though it is classified under the ACA as an essential health benefit for children. To see how dental is covered in your state, visit

Members of the DentaQuest team are volunteering their time and services to provide free dental care to an estimated 2,000 people at today’s Mission of Mercy event in Tampa, Florida. The event, sponsored by the Florida Dental Association, will take place today and tomorrow at the Florida State Fairgrounds and will provide attendees with cleanings fillings and extractions free of charge.

A study by the World Dental Federation found that oral cancer is among the ten most common cancers in the world. Nearly 100% of adults have dental caries and oral health and overall health are closely linked. The report also states that the majority of oral diseases are related to socio-economic factors, which is one of the reasons behind programs like DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions initiative, which works with safety net dental programs to provide high-quality clinical care to underserved populations to close the care gap.

According to the Florida Dental Association, there is a “mal-distribution” of dentists in the state, with many dental processionals wanting to work in privileged areas. To address this issue, the Larkin Community Hospital residency program was created, which will place dental students in one of four community health centers for their residency, to better help meet the needs of the underserved.

Losing a tooth has never been so exciting- a father in Ireland helped his eight-year-old son pull a loose tooth by tying it to a remote-control helicopter. Check out the video here.

Members DentaQuest team  traveled to Chicago where they built new bikes for children at the local YMCA and put together 250 dental kits to educate the kids about the importance of good oral health habits. Below, some of the DentaQuest leadership team smiles with the new bike for the YMCA.