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February 28, 2013
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News affecting dental benefits

  Industry News 
  • HHS rule clarifies status of stand-alone dental: HHS' final rule regarding individual and small group plans under the Affordable Care Act addresses the status of stand-alone dental plans. “The rule clarifies in a positive sense the treatment of stand-alone dental plans to offer the pediatric dental benefit in the individual and small group market outside the exchanges. The agency clarified that in the market outside the exchange the EHB requirement is satisfied when an individual has a medical plan combined with a stand-alone dental plan,” said attorney William Schiffbauer. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Those most in need have fewer options for dental care in Chicago
    Those Chicago-area residents most in need of oral care have far fewer options, according to a recent report by the Chicago Dental Society, which noted that over 25% of the area's low-cost dental clinics were shuttered between 2006 and 2011. Despite the serious consequences of postponing dental care, over half of area residents surveyed said they delayed dental care because of the cost. The report offers some suggestions to rebuild oral health care services for those in need, but Illinois' chief dentist Dr. David Miller points out that even in government, the importance of dental care is underestimated. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Oral Health 
  • How to handle chipped restorations
    Ceramic restorations ultimately chip, and a recent report published in the Journal of the American Dental Association addressed the frequency and cause of the issues as well as strategies for dealing with it. The authors advocate repairing the restoration rather than removing it to save on cost and hassle for the patient. "Because of differences in the material composition of ceramic systems, different treatments are required for the exposed material surfaces after chipping," the researchers wrote. "Use of hydrofluoric acid etching, air abrasion, tribochemical coating, silanization, and metal primers or zirconia primers seem to be the most successful conditioning methods for durable bonding and repair." (free registration) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Using mouthwash adds dental health benefits
    In a study of 139 adults with mild or moderate gingivitis and plaque, regular antiseptic mouthwash use resulted in better oral health as compared to a placebo rinse. All the participants brushed twice per day using the same brush and paste, along with the placebo rinse or antiseptic rinse. Those who rinsed twice daily with antiseptic mouthwash showed better improvements in plague levels, gingivitis and bleeding. The Washington Post (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • United Health-supported project aims to extend care to more children
    Thanks to $1 million from the United Health Foundation plus $750,000 from UnitedHealthcare, Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry has created Project Engage, an effort to bring oral care to more children. The effort is centered in North Philadelphia and designed to reach young children and their families who are covered by Medicaid, but the hope is to expand the program locally and elsewhere nationally. (free registration) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NADP News 
  • Book Your Room Now at Bellagio Resort for CONVERGE 2013
    The Bellagio Resort, home to CONVERGE 2013, Sept. 9-12, is now accepting reservations. Make your arrangements today to secure the NADP rates of $175 per night, single/double, Sunday through Thursday*. As the first Las Vegas casino hotel to receive AAA five-diamond status, the Bellagio Resort not only offers world-class dining, shopping and entertainment options but award winning convention services to showcase stellar NADP educational content and networking events. Golfers should arrive on Sunday evening for the Monday morning tournament. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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