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January 31, 2013
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • Voluntary products: Benefits for everyone
    Voluntary benefits are attractive to both employers and their workers in the current economic climate because they can be part of a cost-control strategy for businesses while providing an important tool for keeping employees happy. Voluntary products can be used to bridge coverage gaps and opens access to care workers might not otherwise be able to afford, making them an important tool for promoting wellness. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spa format makes dental care luxurious
    A dentist in Knoxville, Tenn., is offering spa treatments along with dental care at two offices. Providing luxuries such as paraffin wax treatments for the hands and warm, scented neck wraps helps patients relax, dentist Buzz Nabers says. "It just gives them [patients] something to take their minds off of all the other things going on." WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device tax will cost patients, orthodontists say
    A new 2.3% tax on sales of medical devices will eventually be passed on to consumers, including patients receiving dental and orthodontic care, according to some dentists and orthodontists. Moreover, a $2,500 cap on pre-tax savings for medical costs will hurt patients already struggling to afford care, they say. "The Affordable Care Act is ... making orthodontics less affordable rather than more affordable," said American Association of Orthodontists President John Buzzatto. DentistryIQ.com (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Parents can help children overcome fear of dentist
    Parents who have had unpleasant experiences with dental care may convey a negative impression to their children, reinforcing fear, dentists say. Parents should not tell children about bad dental experiences. Instead, parents can calm children's fears using a variety of techniques, including bringing them to the dentist when a tooth first appears, brushing their teeth, reading a book to them before a dental visit and explaining what to expect. amNewYork (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links sweetened drinks and tooth decay in children
    Children who drank three or more sweetened drinks daily had 46% more decayed, filled or missing teeth than did peers who did not consume sweetened drinks, a study of more than 16,800 Australian children found. The study, reported in American Journal of Public Health, also found that exposure to fluoridated water significantly reduced the risk for tooth decay in children who drank sweetened drinks. DrBicuspid.com (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advance your career with NADP webinars on demand
    Did you miss a 2012 NADP Webinar you wanted to attend? Take advantage of NADP On-Demand Webinars featuring valuable presentations focusing on topics such preparing for Exchanges; what changing demographics mean for your business; the future of employer sponsored coverage; and innovation necessary to thrive in a changing marketplace. With NADP’s On-Demand Webinars, insightful content is available 24/7. Register in the On-Demand section of the NADP Webinar page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NADP/LIMRA release Administrative Metric Report
    The current business environment – a weak economy, high price sensitivity and health care reform requirements – highlight the importance of effective management of administrative components of dental plans. Insightful data from the NADP/LIMRA 2011 U.S. Group Dental Administrative Metrics report can help you sharpen your competitive edge in this business environment. In addition to recredentialing and recruitment data, the report includes administrative metrics regarding ID cards, Certificates of Coverage and document delivery; provider credentialing (timing and documentation); and provider directories updates and provider network updates. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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