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November 1, 2012
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • Experts look at health law's provisions for dental care
    The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurers cover pediatric dental care, provides funding for oral health education and expands federal clinics to provide dental care, but changes in the Senate and presidency after the election could affect how the law is carried out, panelists at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting said. (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dentist, orthodontists put a bounty on Halloween candy
    Dental professionals nationwide are participating in a program to buy Halloween candy from children to be sent to military personnel serving overseas. Interested families can type in a ZIP code at to find a participating dental practice nearby. The dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude, which adds the candy to care packages that include toiletries, games, letters, DVDs and other items. San Antonio Express-News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital technologies light up ADA conference
    Digital technologies took center stage in panel discussions and exhibits at the American Dental Association's annual meeting. Technologies such as caries detection aids, oral cancer detectors, restorative materials, digital denture technology, high-tech data backup, lasers, patient education software and digital communication tools can enhance diagnostic and treatment capabilities and make offices run more effectively, experts at the meeting said. (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Oral Health 
  • ADA alerts children to zombie mouth
    The American Dental Association's "Stop Zombie Mouth" oral health campaign had dentists distributing trading cards featuring characters from a zombie video game as well as coupons to give instead of candy for a free copy of the game. The cards, co-sponsored by video game developer PopCap, bear reminders for children to brush their teeth twice daily. The website, includes a music video featuring game characters singing about oral health, as well as Halloween masks and coloring pages. USA Today (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Univ. of N.C. dentists promote oral health for pregnant women
    The medical and dental schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are collaborating on an effort to promote oral health in pregnant women. Dental health is not a topic obstetrician Alice Chuang said she was taught to emphasize, though periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight, among other risks. "Pregnant women tend to have some more gum problems and sometimes they'll have more decay problems," said associate professor of dentistry Scott Eidson. WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NADP News 
  • Nov. 13 webinar explores shift to direct-to-consumer shift
    With PPACA and health care reform on the horizon, and with the emergence of and growth of state exchanges, the question arises: Will the dental market move from being more employer-based to a more direct-to-consumer market? And if so, what will be the best dental products available to this market? Join NADP Nov. 13 at 1:00 PM Central to explore viable discount dental solutions, discount products with an HSA component and various other insured dental options that will be relevant in the new world of health care. For more details and registration information, visit the Webinars page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Discover consumers’ perceptions regarding dental benefits with Consumer Survey
    As dental plans prepare to market in state Exchanges, the NADP 2012 Consumer Survey: Dental Health and Health Care Reform offers invaluable insight regarding consumers’ attitudes, perceptions, attitudes and satisfaction regarding dental coverage. The study also provides market intelligence about the effects of health care reform on the future purchase of dental coverage for consumers. The Survey includes updates from the 2007 Consumer Survey plus additional questions to reflect current issues, primarily health care reform. Key survey findings are provided in the four categories: Oral Health Behaviors, Dental Benefits, Dental Provider Relationships and the Affordable Care Act. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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