FDA clears 3D printer for dentures | N.D. looks to boost access to dental care for underserved populations | Discount dental plans offer deep savings
August 20, 2015
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FDA clears 3D printer for dentures
The FDA has cleared the Dentca Denture Base for 3D printing of dentures. Impressions are made in the dentist's office and the dentures are printed in a lab, but dentists might soon use the printer to make dentures in-office, Dentca CEO Sun Kwon said. The technology potentially opens access to dentures for underserved populations worldwide, said dentist Hiroshi Hirayama, who has used the system. Medscape (free registration) (8/18)
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N.D. looks to boost access to dental care for underserved populations
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North Dakota's Health Services Committee intends to introduce legislation to increase access to dental care for rural residents. One initiative, the Donated Dental Services program, is a network of 135 dentists and 12 dental laboratories that donate services to the disabled, the elderly and people who cannot afford treatment, says Kim Mertz, director of the Department of Health's Division of Family Health. State leaders also hope a loan repayment program will attract dentists to small communities, public health clinics and nonprofit clinics. KFYR-TV (Bismarck, N.D.) (8/18)
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Discount dental plans offer deep savings
Dental discount plans such as GMS Discount Dental, available in the Houston area, offer subscribers large discounts on exams, crowns, root canals, orthodontic treatments and other services offered by participating dentists. More than 50 companies offer discount dental plans in the U.S., but not all dentists participate in one. KPRC-TV (Houston) (8/18)
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Employers more likely to offer voluntary benefits if they outsource admin tasks
Employee insurance plan sponsors that outsource some or all plan administration duties are more likely than those that do no outsourcing to offer dental, life, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance, a recent survey said. Employers that handle all benefits administration in-house say they want to improve employee satisfaction with the value of benefits packages. National Underwriter Life & Health (8/14)
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Former surgeon general talks oral health, access to care
Former Surgeon General David Satcher.
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Dental therapists can make a difference in the nation's oral health simply by applying sealants and providing fluoride treatments, former Surgeon General David Satcher said. Untreated tooth decay remains a national problem 15 years after Satcher issued the first surgeon general's report on oral health, he said. Technology such as teledentistry can advance dental care and improve oral health in underserved populations as it has with mental health and primary care, Satcher said. DrBicuspid.com (free registration) (8/18)
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Teens use online videos to make their own braces
Online videos are inspiring teenagers to try to straighten their own teeth using elastic bands, but orthodontists warn do-it-yourself teeth straightening can cause severe, irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. MedicalDaily.com (8/16)
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