DentaQuest Newsroom and Blog (blog)

2010
November
19,
2010
| 09:00 PM America/New_York
Losing a tooth in adulthood isn't exciting as it was when we were young. In fact, adult tooth loss has serious consequences--like difficulty chewing food or not wanting to smile at school or work. Missing teeth can also weaken the overall structure o...
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November
10,
2010
| 02:52 PM America/New_York
Time Magazine’s Healthland blog, reporting on a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, explained that paying for food at the grocery store with cash instead of with a credit/debit card leads to more careful spending and healthier food choices. In...
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November
03,
2010
| 04:58 PM America/New_York
The DentaQuest Institute is pleased to announce that the DentaQuest Oral Health Center (OHC), an affiliated dental office in Westborough, MA, has been selected by the American Dental Association as the Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year. Den...
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September
09,
2010
| 03:21 PM America/New_York
An article posted in the September 7 online issue of the journal Pediatrics, has stirred up a lot of media interest in the chemical BPA in dental materials such as sealants. First let me state that dental sealants—the thin layer of plastic coating pa...
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September
01,
2010
| 04:45 PM America/New_York
Back to school means back to sports, and back to sports means an increase in the consumption of sugary and acidic sports drinks. The popular energy drinks sipped on by children participating in after school activities to rehydrate and revitalize can ...
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August
19,
2010
| 06:38 PM America/New_York
By chance, I watched the program Jeopardy on television recently, and perked up when I saw the category Going Absolutely Dental. Here’s one of the ‘answers’“Gnaw away with these, any of the four anterior teeth in the jaw…”The question: What are inci...
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August
12,
2010
| 04:17 PM America/New_York
You may not know it, but Congress made a historic investment in prevention when it passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).At a time when states are cutting deeply into their public health budgets, Congress set aside $500 millio...
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July
30,
2010
| 05:21 PM America/New_York
I spent last weekend at the Mission of Mercy (MoM) in Wise, Virginia. You’ve probably seen news reports of MoM events – they are held in just about every state and are providing emergency health services to people who have no other options. The Wise ...
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July
22,
2010
| 04:37 PM America/New_York
Many people think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Reform Bill) is only about reforming insurance to expand access to health coverage. But that’s only half the story. The bill also contains many important provisions that will ...
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July
14,
2010
| 05:59 PM America/New_York
I hear stories all of the time about people who have accidentally chipped or broken teeth while playing sports, horsing around with friends, or even from being bumped while drinking from a bottle. Others tell stories about chewing ice cubes and feeli...
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July
07,
2010
| 02:59 PM America/New_York
Last week, a friend’s child had a bike accident and a permanent front tooth was knocked out. Times like this call for cool and calm thinking. If the tooth is re-inserted in less than an hour, with the nerves and the blood vessels intact, t...
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June
30,
2010
| 03:35 PM America/New_York
School is out! The hot weather has arrived and with it, the risk of heat-related dehydration. In the heat, our bodies tend to lose more water than usual, and that makes us more susceptible to dehydration. Watch for:o Dizzinesso Headache...
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June
23,
2010
| 07:55 PM America/New_York
Tongue piercings, lip piercings, cheek piercings – they all seem to be a part of an innocent teenage fad of fashion and self expression. But, often overlooked are the heath risks associated with oral piercings, and there are numerous:o Infection – Th...
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June
14,
2010
| 07:59 PM America/New_York
Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are important for everyone, but studies and surveys show that men are less likely than women to seek preventative dental care and often neglect oral health for years. In fact, one of the most common factor...
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June
07,
2010
| 09:52 PM America/New_York
In 2007, when a 12-year old Maryland boy died from an untreated oral infection, collective outrage throughout the state started a revolution to fix oral health in Maryland. Today, Maryland is a national leader in effective and innovative programming...
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June
02,
2010
| 01:31 PM America/New_York
On June 4, the Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) will host Maryland’s first annual Oral Health Heroes celebration at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore beginning at 9am. The agenda includes a panel discussion, “Closing the Gap: Makin...
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May
26,
2010
| 05:46 PM America/New_York
This June 5 and 6, the AIDS Walk in Massachusetts celebrates a milestone--25 years. On the occasion of this silver anniversary, the AIDS Action Committee is recognizing 25 people whose contributions have been critical to the fight against HIV/AIDS in...
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May
13,
2010
| 03:01 PM America/New_York
May is Older American’s Month. In celebration of this year's theme, "Age Strong! Live Long" I ask all my readers – Have you had a dental health check up this year?As you can see from this chart, the oral health of older adults is getting better. Good...
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May
05,
2010
| 02:15 PM America/New_York
DentaQuest just returned from the 2010 National Oral Health Conference. In what may be a sign of an improving economy and perhaps of the heightened interest in oral health as a result of health reform, this was one of the best attended conferences in...
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April
27,
2010
| 08:35 PM America/New_York
Since this is Oral Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to start and end the month with some thoughts on this collection of cancers. I was recently asked to talk about oral cancer on one of our local television stations and so I contacted the Oral Cance...
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April
20,
2010
| 01:32 PM America/New_York
The plan, presented at the Massachusetts State House by the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition on April 12, is the result of over a year and a half of work by a dental care providers, program sponsors, lawmakers, state officials, insurers...
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April
06,
2010
| 07:30 PM America/New_York
The survival rate for people with oral cancer has not shown much improvement over the past several decades and we should discuss some reasons for that. In general terms, mouth cancers have about a 50% survival rate after 5 years. Most physicians bel...
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March
31,
2010
| 10:19 PM America/New_York
Wrapping up a prolonged national discussion on health care, Congress approved health care reform legislation (H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872). President Obama signed the Affordable Health Care for America Act into law. During the debate, DentaQuest spoke ...
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March
22,
2010
| 10:31 PM America/New_York
The DentaQuest Institute recently had the opportunity to participate in the National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality’s (NICHQ) Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress. NICHQ is a great organization d...
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February
25,
2010
| 11:29 PM America/New_York
Each February, the DentaQuest Foundation is pleased to join the Massachusetts Legislative Oral Health Caucus, Health Care for All, and other key partners at the Massachusetts State House in a special recognition event. The Oral Health Heroes Ceremony...
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February
23,
2010
| 03:05 PM America/New_York
Today, the Pew Center on the States released The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children, a study of how the 50 states are responding to the needs for prevention services and access to dental care for America’s children. The De...
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February
16,
2010
| 07:00 PM America/New_York
You might have seen this news item recently: a 35-year old woman, who had gingivitis (gum disease) delivered a stillborn baby at 39 weeks of pregnancy. (Full term is 40 weeks.)Gingivitis (tender, swollen gums that bleed easily) among pregnant women i...
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January
29,
2010
| 03:28 PM America/New_York
President Obama’s state of the union address the other night sent a clear message that the health care reform debate will continue in some form. Whatever happens, lawmakers should not overlook what happens above the neck—the importance that oral heal...
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January
13,
2010
| 02:47 PM America/New_York
I see lots of predictions at this time of year and it is interesting to see how close they are to reality. In dentistry, new predictive tools that indicate whether a person will get cavities are very close. New technology is helping dentists move fr...
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