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November 29, 2012
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News affecting dental benefits

  Industry News 
  • Voluntary products sweeten benefits packages, employees say
    Research suggests employees are increasingly turning to voluntary benefits as a way to bridge financial gaps, and they place a high value on such add-ons. Nine out of 10 employees say that voluntary benefits add value to their benefits package, and one-third would like to see their workplace offer more. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fear of dental visits may be passed from parent to child
    The more a family member fears dental visits, the higher level of anxiety or fear of dentists are felt by the rest of the family, according to a Spanish study in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. Researchers also found that fathers' emotional response to these visits may predict if a mother's fear of the dentist will be passed on to their children. HealthDay News (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dental tourism booms in Costa Rica
    Some North Americans are heading to Costa Rica for dental care, where the combined cost of airfare, lodging, meals and dental services can be lower than dental services alone in the U.S. and Canada. About 15,000 people traveled to Costa Rica last year for dental care, according to the country's council for international medical promotion. Many dental tourists are uninsured, and some U.S.-based insurers are expanding coverage to include care abroad. Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New technologies make braces more attractive
    Orthodontic appliances have become more comfortable, smaller and less obtrusive, attracting more adults who need to have their bite corrected, orthodontist Sam Levine says. "Instead of pushing teeth as hard as you can, the concept now is low-force and low-friction, with a brace made up of sliding mechanisms which generate forces and gradually move the teeth over time," Levine said. "Dental appliances continue to make improvements, and now clear braces are virtually invisible," he added. The Boston Globe/Job Doc blog (tiered subscription model) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Oral Health 
  • Nonabrasive toothbrush designed to bust bacteria with ultrasound
    The Emmi-dent toothbrush kills oral bacteria through the interaction of ultrasonic impulses and a special toothpaste, which causes microscopic bubbles to form, collapse and break bacterial membranes, manufacturer Emmi Ultrasonic AG claims. The system eventually reduces tartar as well, company officials say. Lab testing showed another ultrasonic brush, the Ultreo, removed more plaque than either a commercially available power brush with oscillating bristles or a sonic brush. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  NADP News 
  • NADP webinar explores 2012 Election - What Happened and Now What?
    Join NADP and Scott Rasmussen Dec. 11 at 2:00 PM Central as he discusses Election 2012 results. Rasmussen, political analyst, author, and independent public opinion pollster, was described by the Wall Street Journal as "today's leading insurgent pollster" and "a key player in the contact sport of politics." He will focus on what message the voters were trying to send; what it means for the country and the dental benefits industry in 2013 and beyond. To register, visit the “Webinars” page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NADP/LIMRA release Claims Processing Metric Report
    Customer service is critical to success in the dental benefits industry. For this reason NADP and LIMRA are proud to present the 2011 U.S. Group Dental Claims Processing Metrics. This report provides significant data to highlight the ultimate test of customer loyalty and business success or failure. It includes data on claims processing profiles, claims processing performance, real time and auto adjudication, benefit utilization and performance guarantees. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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