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Friday Dental Download: June 13, 2014

This week, we tour the DentaQuest Institute’s Oral Health Center, learn about potentially groundbreaking research into the bacteria in our mouths, and call on Congress to continue working to improve access to oral health for all. Follow along on twitter using the hashtag #FridayDentalDL.

The DentaQuest Institute’s Dr. Rob Compton walks us through the Oral Center in Westborough, Massachusetts and tells us about the Institute’s innovative programs that promote prevention of dental disease, such as the ECC Collaborative.

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institute of Health to study the oral microbiome and periodontitis in postmenopausal women. Researchers believe the study is on the cutting edge of science as it could clarify gaps in knowledge about the bacteria in our mouths.

3. Commission recommends extending CHIP funding
The Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) has recommended that the U.S. Congress should extend CHIP funding for a transition period of two additional years, according to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), reports DrBicuspid. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the 12.7 million children expected to be enrolled in 2015 would be at risk of losing their CHIP coverage in 2016 if funding is not continued.

4. ADA reports to Congress on improving access to care
The American Dental Association (ADA) has released its inaugural “Action for Dental Health: Report to Congress,” which recognizes the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Action for Dental Health (ADH) movement and the grassroots efforts taking place across the country to eliminate barriers to dental health. The DentaQuest Foundation is an avid supporter of creating networks across the country to improve access to oral health benefits so we applaud the ADAs work in this regard.