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2019
March
11,
2019
We know that we need to change systems, minds, policies, and more, to achieve improved oral health for all. So, it’s important to think about how advocacy plays into Preventistry, our all-in approach to revolutionize oral health. The term advo...
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February
27,
2019
Deciding how to use data – and how to apply it to affect change – can be overwhelming. Here is some context: 2.5 exabytes of data are produced every day. This is equivalent to 150,000,000 iPhones or 5 million laptops! By 2020, there will be 44...
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February
19,
2019
Embrace health equity with Preventistry At DentaQuest, we believe that everyone deserves lasting oral health. But for everyone to have improved oral health, health equity must be a priority. What is health equity? You may have heard the term...
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February
13,
2019
We talk a lot about the health system in America as a health system that is broken. Yet, it is hard to find clear explanations of what is broken. This is meant to clear things up, but also to demonstrate that oral health should no longer be separ...
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January
22,
2019
You may have noticed, we now have a tag line — Welcome to Preventistry. But what does that mean? In short, Preventistry is our revolutionary approach to improving the oral health of all. It’s based on the idea that, in order for people to achieve...
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2018
September
06,
2018
Amanda is a 33-year-old single mom from Big Stone Gap in Wise County, Va. She and her two young children came to the local fairgrounds – usually the site of the Virginia Kentucky District Fair and rodeos, among other events – for help with some d...
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August
09,
2018
Dentistry was established apart from medicine and remains largely planted in a reactive, surgical approach to care thanks to the fee-for-service (FFS) model of reimbursement, but we can be proactive. We need to focus on value; skyrocketing health...
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July
30,
2018
At around 9:00 AM, buses started rolling into the parking lot. The kids were a mix of emotions – while some looked excited, most were reserved. Roughly 175 children from several Milwaukee Boys and Girls Clubs joined me and 32 other DentaQuest vol...
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July
10,
2018
It is an unacceptable truth - people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have a much harder time than people without IDD navigating the already complex health care system. That includes trying to find a dentist and access oral ...
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June
07,
2018
You’ve probably heard of Missions of Mercy free care dental clinics. But until you work at one and meet people who have been suffering mouth pain for months -- to the point where they are actually eager to wait in line, overnight, in the cold, just t...
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May
11,
2018
As we close National Nurses Week on the May 12th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the nursing profession is proud to play an important role in building interprofessional oral health workforce capacity that increases oral health access, decreases...
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April
23,
2018
Imagine going to the dentist for your regular cleaning. Your x-rays show several dark spots - cavities. You know that means a shot, a noisy drill and a lot of discomfort. But does it? If you were offered an alternative option, one that may soun...
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March
29,
2018
Opioid abuse and related deaths have reached epidemic proportions across the country, garnering attention from all levels of government, health care payers, clinicians, and the public. In 2016, 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder and 11...
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March
15,
2018
When it comes to health care, is more really better? Doing more and not knowing the answer can many times be just that - more - specifically, more work. This is where the science of improvement comes in – a method for measuring whether or not wha...
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March
07,
2018
Regardless of the nation's future, there will always be people in need. Whether from natural disaster, economic struggle, or other circumstance, communities rely on assistance and systems for support. But we often forget the healthiest future beg...
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March
02,
2018
Nick woke up on March 2, 2017 with a feeling of excitement and anticipation. He often experienced the same feeling right before a big meeting with an important DentaQuest client or a public presentation on Medicaid dental programs. But today was di...
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February
27,
2018
A lot of brands who are very successful don't have the same cache as other brands. However, there are quite a few out there — from service organizations like WeGoLook to cool business apps like Calendar. However, they are relatively unknown when yo...
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2017
November
16,
2017
Hear from so many passionate individuals who are part of the DentaQuest Foundation's Oral Health 2020 National Network, which is working to address oral health equity, policy, and ultimately improved oral health for all.   Learn more about ...
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October
27,
2017
As October comes to an end, so does the national observance recognizing the need and importance of dental hygiene. For this Q&A, one of our own registered dental hygienists (RDHs) opens up about how she came to this career path and why it is invaluab...
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October
19,
2017
You may know that our mission is to improve the oral health of all, and starting with young children and health literacy is a great step forward.  Before this school year started, we supported efforts by The Children's Oral Health Institute to gro...
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September
26,
2017
As part of our commitment to meeting the different oral health needs for different populations, DentaQuest learns about cultural heritage through observances like Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15. It is a month-long tribute to Hisp...
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September
08,
2017
September is a big month for kids – not only are they starting or heading back to school, but this year they also are taking center stage in Washington as Congress heads back from its own summer recess. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Pro...
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August
29,
2017
Sleep apnea is a lot more common than you might think, and it is affecting your eyes and vision in drastic ways. August happens to be National Eye Exam Month and this is as good of a reason as any to go get checked out.There are three types of sleep ...
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August
18,
2017
As a partner to states and the largest Medicaid / CHIP dental benefits administrator in the country, we at DentaQuest must stay updated on the latest health care policy trends - in large part because anything in the health space affects the oral heal...
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July
31,
2017
While we all paid close attention to health care in the Senate last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee made a critical, yet mostly overlooked step to advance oral health for at-risk populations. On July 27th, the Committee unanimously pass...
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July
27,
2017
As the Senate debates health care bill proposals to transform our care delivery and financing systems, we must ensure they protect access to dental coverage for all Americans.Over the past few years, more and more Americans have been able to access a...
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June
27,
2017
I recently heard the perfect analogy for our oral health advocacy during the DentaQuest Foundation’s Grassroots Engagement Strategy annual meeting. It’s a saying gardeners have about the growth process of perennials: “The first year they sleep, the s...
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June
06,
2017
For the second straight year, DentaQuest is participating in the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Disparities Leadership Program. Last year, DentaQuest became the first oral health organization to be accepted into the program. Over the next 12 months...
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May
08,
2017
New white paper delves into the role of interprofessional networks to coordinate person-centered care and improve oral healthDentaQuest Institute, in collaboration with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, the Medical University of South Caroli...
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May
01,
2017
May is Healthy Vision Month. With that in mind, we at eyeQuest encourage everyone to make eye health a priority and take steps to protect vision for a lifetime.Vision might change as we get older, but vision loss is not a normal part of aging. Common...
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