DentaQuest Newsroom and Blog (blog)

2019
July
10,
2019
Today’s consumers expect outcomes, not just bold ideas – even for oral health. Real innovation addresses people’s needs and focuses on people’s satisfaction by anticipating those needs well before the demand rises or a competitor delivers for the...
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June
27,
2019
How we approach health – health-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors – and our individual circumstances – access to healthy food, housing stability, education, employment, clean air, clean water – are significant contributors to our o...
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June
25,
2019
For too long, the United States has viewed the way we receive and pay for oral care as being completely separate from the way we prevent and treat our overall health needs. Like behavioral health before it, oral health has been neglected and silo...
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June
19,
2019
Imagine a health care system that “recognizes the critical relationship between food and health, and ensures access to nutrition services that help prevent, manage and treat diet-related illness.” The Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan out...
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June
12,
2019
The Oral health Progress and Equity Network, or OPEN, recently held its regional meetings to address policy and programming for the remainder of 2019. Members on the west met up in Houston, while the east convened in Atlanta, and both groups disc...
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June
05,
2019
An important element of Preventistry is focusing on oral health not just when a person is interacting with the dentist but also at home, work, and, well… everywhere. Care received from a dental provider is important. However, many other factors affec...
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May
29,
2019
For almost 200 years, U.S. medical and dental training have been separated—medical school and dental school. Many point to this separation as a reason why today’s health care system treats oral health as separate from the rest of the body. Howeve...
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May
14,
2019
We know that preventive dental care – or the comprehensive approach we call “Preventistry” – is a strong means to maintaining overall health. With proper guidance and support, providers and patients can partner together as designers of health and...
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May
07,
2019
Preventistry is about changing four interconnected systems to improve oral health for everyone. With the Preventistry approach, we must address policy, finance, care and community aspects that together determine people’s ability to be healthy. Bu...
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April
29,
2019
Are these oral health facts surprising?  People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, making it difficult to stabilize blood sugar levels ...
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April
18,
2019
The traditional model of getting care at a dentist’s office doesn’t work for everyone. After struggling with transportation issues, not being able to get an appointment nor having the ability to pay for treatment, too many people have given up on...
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April
09,
2019
An important tenet of Preventistry, our revolutionary approach to transforming prevention and care, is that care should be person-centered. Person-centered care specifically focuses on the whole person … For each individual, care must be accessib...
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April
03,
2019
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an appropriate reminder that the apple (nature’s toothbrush!) helps reduce gum disease, which can complicate conditions such as pregnancy, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Another common refrain? “An o...
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March
27,
2019
Value-based care is a critical component of the future of oral health, as well as the underpinning for our revolutionary approach to improving the oral health of all - Preventistry. The system of value-based care in oral health is focused on proac...
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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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