DentaQuest Newsroom and Blog (blog)

2014
December
23,
2014
| 05:28 PM America/New_York
As 2014 comes to an end and we start making our New Year’s resolutions, once again getting healthy seems to be at the top of everyone’s list. But being healthy isn’t just about working out and eating a nutritious diet; good oral health is imperative ...
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December
12,
2014
| 05:07 PM America/New_York
This week we discuss why some believe the Affordable Care Act isn’t doing enough for dental plans, learn what South Carolina is doing to improve the oral health of all its citizens, and discover that good healthcare for kids depends on where you live...
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December
10,
2014
| 09:27 PM America/New_York
DentaQuest is marking the one year anniversary of our management of Tennessee’s Medicaid Dental Program, TennCare. We are very pleased to announce that during this first year, we reached or exceeded all benchmarks required by the state of Tennessee. ...
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December
08,
2014
| 05:11 PM America/New_York
The Affordable Care Act is making great strides in improving America’s access to health insurance; however, this is also creating new challenges for health plans. Below, I’ve outlined some of the pressing challenges health plans are facing and will i...
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December
05,
2014
| 08:10 PM America/New_York
This week we learned that kids from lower income families are getting preventive dental care but less treatment, we discussed the importance of South Carolina’s decision to expand its Medicaid adult dental plan, and found out that 100 percent fruit...
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December
01,
2014
| 08:26 PM America/New_York
By Steve Pollock, Chief Operating Officer, DentaQuestThe recent reaction to an enrollment reporting mistake made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) undermines one of the often-overlooked successes of the ACA; people now have ac...
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November
24,
2014
| 12:05 AM America/New_York
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, we want to recognize some community organizations. Over the year, the DentaQuest Foundation reserves grant funds to respond to urgent equipment and capacity needs at care and prevention...
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November
21,
2014
| 03:00 PM America/New_York
This week we discuss that while Americans are gaining dental coverage, they still aren’t getting treated, we learn that tooth decay is linked to risk of kidney disease, and we discover a toothbrush that makes brushing your teeth fun! Don’t forget to ...
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November
18,
2014
| 06:22 PM America/New_York
We know that consumers in all age groups want ancillary health benefits such as dental and vision – benefits they can use. In fact, more than 1.1 million consumers bought a dental plan on the federal Marketplace during last year’s open enrollment per...
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November
17,
2014
| 06:08 PM America/New_York
By Steve Pollock, Chief Operating Officer, DentaQuestChronic diseases are among the most prevalent and costly of health problems in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all adults—117 million p...
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November
14,
2014
| 04:58 PM America/New_York
This week we learn how Colorado is leading the way in oral health, discover how mucus in the mouth fights cavities, and discuss why millions of kids on Medicaid are missing free, preventive exams. Don’t forget to check out our Movember blog post to l...
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November
13,
2014
| 08:38 PM America/New_York
By: Steve Pollock, DentaQuest Chief Operating OfficerDentaQuest has received certification as a Qualified Health Plan to offer individual and small group stand-alone dental plans on the 2015 Federal Marketplace in the states of Arizona, Florida, Geor...
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November
07,
2014
| 03:59 PM America/New_York
This week we discuss the link between diabetes and dental care, learn that financial issues are the main reason for delayed oral care, and discover why Americans need to pay more attention to preventive care. Don’t forget to check out our Movember bl...
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November
06,
2014
| 09:02 PM America/New_York
Have you noticed the number of new mustaches and beards emerging during November? It may be men supporting the Movember movement.Men across the country are taking action by signing up and shaving down their face on November 1 and growing a mustache ...
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November
03,
2014
| 10:17 PM America/New_York
As a U.S. leader in oral health, DentaQuest is driven by a mission to improve the oral health of all. During our third annual Mission Month, teams from DentaQuest offices across the country had the opportunity to give back in the communities where we...
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November
03,
2014
| 06:10 PM America/New_York
By Steve Pollock, Chief Operating OfficerSince 1997, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has helped children of low income families get access to high quality health care – and since 2009, CHIP has included dental care.Today, CHIP covers m...
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October
31,
2014
| 02:32 PM America/New_York
This week we discover a decrease in the rate of early childhood caries, discuss the link between hair keratin and tooth enamel, and learn that South Carolina will provide adult dental benefits under Medicaid starting December 1. Don’t forget to check...
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October
30,
2014
| 01:53 PM America/New_York
By: Dr. Brian Novy, DentaQuest InstituteAs a dentist, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon – kids who go to college without ever getting a cavity often return home to find out they now have dental caries. No one has looked at this phenomenon with ...
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October
29,
2014
| 02:30 PM America/New_York
Each October, children look forward to dressing up and going from house to house collecting candy for Halloween. But in October, we celebrate more than just Halloween – it is also National Dental Hygiene Month so it’s the perfect time of the year to ...
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October
28,
2014
| 06:41 PM America/New_York
By Steve Pollock, Chief Operating Officer, DentaQuestWe have long known that patients showing up in the emergency room (ER) for non-emergency purposes is a significant cost driver. A recent article in Covering Health reported that between 2008 and 20...
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October
24,
2014
| 04:07 PM America/New_York
This week we learn about Ebola guidance for dentists, discuss the urge for action and education about the benefit of fluoride and learn what your teeth tell you about your body. Don’t forget to check out our new blog series here! Join the conversati...
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October
22,
2014
| 03:19 PM America/New_York
This is a busy week for DentaQuest. On Monday through Wednesday, we have teams in California at the annual conference of the California Association of Health Plans, where participants are Charting a Path for a Healthier California. Also this Monday ...
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October
21,
2014
| 04:05 PM America/New_York
A DentaQuest team is headed west for the California Association of Health Plans’ Annual Conference (October 20–22). A team from California Dental Network, Inc.*, a DentaQuest company, is joining us at Booth 202. This year’s conference theme, “Charti...
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October
20,
2014
| 04:28 PM America/New_York
This week, the DentaQuest Foundation is welcoming over 160 grantees, partners and friends to our annual grantee gathering in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is “Strengthening the Core: From Network to Social Movement.”Since 2011, the Foundation, thro...
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October
17,
2014
| 04:55 PM America/New_York
This week we learn about a new genetic risk test for periodontal disease, discuss the role of dentists in pain management and addiction and learn that most kids have poor dental hygiene habits. We also introduced our new blog series, don’t forget to ...
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October
16,
2014
| 07:23 PM America/New_York
We recently tweeted about Sarah Klein’s article in the Huffington Post, Why Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth is Actually Pretty Darn Gross. That tweet got your attention.Sarah wrote, “Brushing is important for reasons beyond fresh breath.” ...
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October
14,
2014
| 07:49 PM America/New_York
By Steve Pollock, Chief Operating Officer, DentaQuestAs we approach open enrollment this fall, millions of American’s will purchase and use health insurance for the first time, and dental management will be a key component of cost reduction strategie...
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October
08,
2014
| 07:58 PM America/New_York
Nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information according to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. Increasing health literacy, defined as “the ability for consumers to read, understand and act upon health inf...
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October
03,
2014
| 08:00 PM America/New_York
Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! This week, we discover the 6 biggest dental problems for people over age 50, learn that good dental hygiene does more than take care of teeth, and discuss California’s launch of Medicaid-funded teledentistry. Join...
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October
02,
2014
| 03:45 PM America/New_York
Despite the role oral health plays in a person’s overall health, some states are still placing dental care on the back burner when it comes to adult dental coverage under Medicaid. States have to make difficult decisions as they work to balance tough...
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