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March 14, 2013
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News affecting dental benefits

  Industry News 
  • Insurers must bid to participate in Calif., Vt. exchanges
    Health insurers that want to sell plans on Affordable Care Act marketplaces in California and Vermont will be required to submit bids. Twelve other states running their own exchanges will not require bids. Minnesota has not decided whether it will require bidding, and Massachusetts will hold a limited auction for insurers offering state-subsidized policies for low-income residents. Bloomberg (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Debate continues over expanding hygienists' scope of practice
    Some states are considering following Minnesota and Alaska's lead in expanding the scope of practice for specially trained dental hygienists in an effort to provide dental care to more people. Proponents say dental therapists, or mid-level providers, expand access to needed care. The American Dental Association says there is no overall shortage of dentists, and all patients deserve to receive care from a dentist. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists grow living teeth
    Scientists cultured epithelial cells from adult human gums, mixed them with mouse mesenchymal tooth cells and transplanted the mixture into the tissue around the kidneys of living mice. Some of the cells grew into teeth, complete with dentin, enamel and roots. The research is reported in the Journal of Dental Research. The Scientist online/The Nutshell blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study explores tooth loss, heart disease risk factors
    As adults lose teeth, they face higher levels of an enzyme that promotes inflammation and atherosclerosis, high LDL cholesterol, hypertension and high blood glucose levels. The international study, presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, also found a link between gum bleeding and high blood pressure as well as higher levels of LDL cholesterol. The researchers did not find causal relationships, and the precise nature of the connection remains unclear. HealthDay News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 12% of patients have dentin hypersensitivity, study finds
    Forty percent of patients visiting general dental practices reported having experienced pain, sensitivity or discomfort in their teeth or gums, but only 12% were confirmed to have dentin hypersensitivity, a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found. The study involved 37 practices and 787 participants. Those with dentin hypersensitivity were more likely to be women, younger than 65, have gingival recession and have a history of at-home tooth whitening, the researchers found. (free registration) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Book Your Room Now at Bellagio Resort for CONVERGE 2013
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