DentaQuest Newsroom and Blog (blog)

2022
August
09,
2022
| 14:05 PM America/New_York
Lori LaPorte’s personal and professional life has revolved around the issue of substance use disorder. Like 20 million individuals in the United States, LaPorte suffered from substance abuse for over ...
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July
28,
2022
| 12:50 PM America/New_York
For the last seven years, Mary Ann Kozlowski, DentaQuest’s head of Corporate Giving and Partnerships, has spent much of her time identifying and lifting up “Health Equity Heroes” — individuals across ...
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July
06,
2022
| 12:29 PM America/New_York
If you work with people long enough, at some point you’ll come across a patient who is angry, upset or frustrated. This can be a difficult situation to handle, as your first reaction may be to get def...
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June
30,
2022
| 09:40 AM America/New_York
“Pride month can be a celebratory and joyful time for those of us who identify as LGTBQIA+. It can also be a time to reflect on history – our own personal journey and the rich past of all things ‘unde...
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June
15,
2022
| 10:05 AM America/New_York
For Manager of Dental Case Management Gonzalo Perez “living the DentaQuest mission” means no one is left behind.  “My team and I have to overcome unthinkable obstacles to get our members what they nee...
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June
14,
2022
| 12:02 PM America/New_York
Preventive oral health care is a critical component of overall health at any age. Unfortunately, there’s a common misconception that the need for oral health care lessens as people get older.In fact, ...
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June
08,
2022
| 14:32 PM America/New_York
“My name is Hyon Chu. Growing up in America with a Korean name identifies you as “other” … you look other, your name is other, you are other. Before you say a single word, before you’re even present, ...
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May
27,
2022
| 17:20 PM America/New_York
We’ve all seen and felt the growing mental health crisis in our country, with particular attention drawn to it this May as we mark Mental Health Awareness Month. From pandemic stress to economic stres...
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April
29,
2022
| 12:01 PM America/New_York
Why is improving your patient communication skills important?Taking the time to communicate clearly, and listen carefully, results in happy patients. Happy patients are more likely to begin and contin...
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April
29,
2022
| 09:38 AM America/New_York
When people think about cancer, they don’t usually think about oral cancer. Yet, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 54,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral canc...
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April
14,
2022
| 16:37 PM America/New_York
April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week and April is Minority Health Month, making today an opportune time for all of us to recognize progress toward reducing maternal mortality and continue seeking...
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March
30,
2022
| 10:21 AM America/New_York
Last month, a water main break propelled Laredo, Texas into a state of emergency. The rupture of the main water line stopped the flow of water across the city, cutting off access to clean water for ov...
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March
29,
2022
| 12:35 PM America/New_York
March is National Nutrition Month. And while people often connect diet choices with their impact on weight and disease, our food choices have a direct connection to another important part of our overa...
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March
08,
2022
| 14:48 PM America/New_York
In the United States, the number of women entering the dental profession continues to grow. As we celebrate both National Dentist’s Day and International Women’s Day in March, we’re taking this opport...
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March
01,
2022
| 12:04 PM America/New_York
At DentaQuest, we’re committed to promoting preventive care and helping patients prioritize it beginning in early childhood and lasting throughout their adult life. As part of this commitment, we’ve i...
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February
25,
2022
| 11:41 AM America/New_York
Did you know baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth even though they fall out?There is a misconception that baby teeth aren’t susceptible to damage — or that damaging them doesn’t matter ...
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February
25,
2022
| 11:22 AM America/New_York
Up until the late 1800s, Black Americans had little to no access to proper dental care. Apprenticeships required to learn the trade were limited to white practitioners and most white dentists wouldn’t...
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February
24,
2022
| 11:02 AM America/New_York
Though Senior Compliance Analyst and Civil Rights Coordinator Ugonna Onyekwu’s time is focused on ensuring that DentaQuest takes the steps necessary to comply with applicable rules and regulatory, sta...
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February
14,
2022
| 15:38 PM America/New_York
As Valentine’s Day approaches, the opportunities for a sugar rush are endless — from conversation hearts to chocolate samplers to pink drinks with sugared rims, our countertops are awash in pink and s...
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February
08,
2022
| 11:59 AM America/New_York
There is a too-common misconception that having quality oral health care isn’t as important for children because baby teeth fall out and are naturally replaced — giving the illusion that any issues wi...
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2021
December
21,
2021
| 17:29 PM America/New_York
A consistent focus on the importance of increasing equitable access to oral health care drove progress and innovation forward this year — from the policy debate surrounding Medicare expansion to inclu...
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December
16,
2021
| 10:59 AM America/New_York
The final two months of the year are jam packed with food, drink, friends and family. While you’re enjoying the festivities of the season, it’s good to know how some of these holiday indulgences can i...
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November
30,
2021
| 10:41 AM America/New_York
America is in an oral health crisis. More than 9.6 million children have untreated tooth decay and only slightly more than 52% of adults visit the dentist as recommended. This leads to 34 million hour...
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November
29,
2021
| 08:56 AM America/New_York
At DentaQuest, we’re committed to supporting and increasing access to oral health care and health education in the Native community year round. As part of Native American Heritage Month, which celebra...
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November
18,
2021
| 11:45 AM America/New_York
As November 18 marks the annual Great American Smokeout — a campaign by the American Cancer Society to support and encourage people to quit smoking — it’s an important time to consider the oral health...
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November
15,
2021
| 14:54 PM America/New_York
In 2018, more than 10% of the total U.S. population had diabetes, and more than one-third of U.S. adults had prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the same...
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November
11,
2021
| 12:05 PM America/New_York
November 11 is Veterans Day, and at DentaQuest, we’re committed to supporting and honoring our nation’s veterans and active duty service members (ADSMs). This month, we spoke with Dr. Michael Jacques,...
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November
05,
2021
| 13:14 PM America/New_York
 Every October, teams clad in blue DentaQuest shirts have gone out together into their local communities throughout the country, rolled up their sleeves and made a difference. While the pandemic has s...
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October
27,
2021
| 13:24 PM America/New_York
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time when oral health practitioners, hygienists, organizations and advocates raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.  To most, oral hygiene p...
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October
18,
2021
| 15:53 PM America/New_York
For many families, the back to school season also brings a return to their favorite sports. As kids and parents gear up for a return to the field, rink or court, one essential piece of equipment shoul...
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