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Penn Dental Medicine Partners with Woods Services to Provide Care for Individuals with Disabilities

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022

Expanding its outreach within the community, Penn Dental Medicine announces a new partnership with Woods Services to provide dental treatment for its clients and residents; Woods is a Pennsylvania- and New Jersey-based nonprofit that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Woods’ existing dental care center within its Langhorne, Pa.-based campus will be undergo extensive renovations over the next six to eight weeks, reopening later this summer as Penn Dental Medicine at Woods Mikey Faulkner Dental Care Center.

Renovations to the clinic will add two operatories (expanding from three to five), provide state-of-the-art equipment, enhance the waiting area and reception check-in, and migrate current patient files into a new electronic health record system utilized by Penn Dental Medicine.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our service and care within the community through this Woods partnership,” says Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean, Dr. Mark Wolff. “It not only allows us to help provide comprehensive care to the Woods clients, but also offers an invaluable setting for our students to gain experience caring for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.” Postgraduate students within Penn Dental Medicine’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program will provide clinical care at the center under close faculty supervision. 

“Woods is pleased to work with Dean Wolff to enhance dental services for our clients and residents,” says Tine Hansen-Turton, president and CEO, Woods Services. “Penn’s personalized care and interdisciplinary team approach are perfectly aligned with Woods, as is its emphasis on preparing the next generation of dentists to care for patients with special needs. Penn’s dentists will be able to perform procedures at our on-campus dental clinic that in the past would have required a visit to a specialist for treatment. This expansion of services will be less disruptive for our clients, further enhancing their quality of life.” 

With Dean Wolff’s appointment in 2018, he established dental care for persons with disabilities as a priority for the School, and in 2021, Penn Dental Medicine opened the state-of-the-art Care Center for Persons with Disabilities at the School. Under his leadership, Penn is developing a national reputation for excellence in treating the dental needs of people with disabilities and in training dental students to care for these individuals.

Woods is organized around the principles of population health management and addresses the social determinants of health through a comprehensive continuum and system of care that connects prevention, wellness, education, behavioral health, and social services with coordinated and integrated healthcare delivery. 

“The Medical Center at Woods serves as a national model for providing comprehensive, coordinated personalized care for people with complex diagnoses and medical conditions, like Mikey Faulkner, current Woods client and the clinic’s namesake,” says Hansen-Turton. “The opening of Penn Dental Medicine at Woods Mikey Faulkner Dental Clinic continues Woods’ commitment to providing an integrated healthcare experience for our clients – an approach that optimizes outcomes for individuals.”

This new care center will add to Penn Dental Medicine’s ongoing community care programs, which also include dental centers at Mercy LIFE, serving seniors in West Philadelphia; Puentes de Salud, serving the Latino community in South Philadelphia; and the PennSmiles mobile dental bus, serving children within the Philadelphia School District and area community health centers. 

About Woods Services

Woods Services is a nonprofit, life cycle care management and advocacy organization that, along with five affiliate organizations located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – Allies, Inc., Archway Programs, Legacy Treatment Services, Tabor Services, and Woods Community at Brian’s House – provides innovative, comprehensive, and integrated health, education, housing, workforce, behavioral health, and case-management services to more than 20,000 children and adults in the intellectual and developmental disability, behavioral, child welfare, and brain trauma public health sectors who have complex and intensive medical and behavioral healthcare needs. Founded in 1913 by Philadelphia schoolteacher Mollie Woods with two simple goals – to advance quality of life and standard of care for individuals with disabilities – Woods Services continues its mission today by helping children and adults with disabilities or challenges achieve their highest potential. Among the ways Woods does this is through its population health management strategy, which includes the integration of primary and specialty medical care with behavioral health in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, visit woods.org.     

About University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Founded in 1878, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) ranks among the nation’s leaders in oral-health education, research, and patient care. The school’s educational programs include: a four-year DMD programpostgraduate study in all the major clinical specialties as well as general dentistry; advanced graduate degree programs, including Doctor of Science in Dentistry, Master of Science in Oral Biology, Master of Advanced Dental Studies, and Master of Oral Health Science; and the Program for Advanced Standing Students in which foreign-trained dentists earn a DMD. As one of 12 schools within the larger urban campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Dental Medicine is uniquely positioned to provide a depth of opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research across other professional disciplines. The school is a major provider of oral healthcare for the Philadelphia community, serving approximately 31,000 patients each year in its care centers. 







Penn Dental Medicine Partners with Woods Services to Provide Care for Individuals with Disabilities

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022

Expanding its outreach within the community, Penn Dental Medicine announces a new partnership with Woods Services to provide dental treatment for its clients and residents; Woods is a Pennsylvania- and New Jersey-based nonprofit that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Woods’ existing dental care center within its Langhorne, Pa.-based campus will be undergo extensive renovations over the next six to eight weeks, reopening later this summer as Penn Dental Medicine at Woods Mikey Faulkner Dental Care Center.

Renovations to the clinic will add two operatories (expanding from three to five), provide state-of-the-art equipment, enhance the waiting area and reception check-in, and migrate current patient files into a new electronic health record system utilized by Penn Dental Medicine.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our service and care within the community through this Woods partnership,” says Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean, Dr. Mark Wolff. “It not only allows us to help provide comprehensive care to the Woods clients, but also offers an invaluable setting for our students to gain experience caring for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.” Postgraduate students within Penn Dental Medicine’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program will provide clinical care at the center under close faculty supervision. 

“Woods is pleased to work with Dean Wolff to enhance dental services for our clients and residents,” says Tine Hansen-Turton, president and CEO, Woods Services. “Penn’s personalized care and interdisciplinary team approach are perfectly aligned with Woods, as is its emphasis on preparing the next generation of dentists to care for patients with special needs. Penn’s dentists will be able to perform procedures at our on-campus dental clinic that in the past would have required a visit to a specialist for treatment. This expansion of services will be less disruptive for our clients, further enhancing their quality of life.” 

With Dean Wolff’s appointment in 2018, he established dental care for persons with disabilities as a priority for the School, and in 2021, Penn Dental Medicine opened the state-of-the-art Care Center for Persons with Disabilities at the School. Under his leadership, Penn is developing a national reputation for excellence in treating the dental needs of people with disabilities and in training dental students to care for these individuals.

Woods is organized around the principles of population health management and addresses the social determinants of health through a comprehensive continuum and system of care that connects prevention, wellness, education, behavioral health, and social services with coordinated and integrated healthcare delivery. 

“The Medical Center at Woods serves as a national model for providing comprehensive, coordinated personalized care for people with complex diagnoses and medical conditions, like Mikey Faulkner, current Woods client and the clinic’s namesake,” says Hansen-Turton. “The opening of Penn Dental Medicine at Woods Mikey Faulkner Dental Clinic continues Woods’ commitment to providing an integrated healthcare experience for our clients – an approach that optimizes outcomes for individuals.”

This new care center will add to Penn Dental Medicine’s ongoing community care programs, which also include dental centers at Mercy LIFE, serving seniors in West Philadelphia; Puentes de Salud, serving the Latino community in South Philadelphia; and the PennSmiles mobile dental bus, serving children within the Philadelphia School District and area community health centers. 

About Woods Services

Woods Services is a nonprofit, life cycle care management and advocacy organization that, along with five affiliate organizations located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – Allies, Inc., Archway Programs, Legacy Treatment Services, Tabor Services, and Woods Community at Brian’s House – provides innovative, comprehensive, and integrated health, education, housing, workforce, behavioral health, and case-management services to more than 20,000 children and adults in the intellectual and developmental disability, behavioral, child welfare, and brain trauma public health sectors who have complex and intensive medical and behavioral healthcare needs. Founded in 1913 by Philadelphia schoolteacher Mollie Woods with two simple goals – to advance quality of life and standard of care for individuals with disabilities – Woods Services continues its mission today by helping children and adults with disabilities or challenges achieve their highest potential. Among the ways Woods does this is through its population health management strategy, which includes the integration of primary and specialty medical care with behavioral health in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, visit woods.org.     

About University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Founded in 1878, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) ranks among the nation’s leaders in oral-health education, research, and patient care. The school’s educational programs include: a four-year DMD programpostgraduate study in all the major clinical specialties as well as general dentistry; advanced graduate degree programs, including Doctor of Science in Dentistry, Master of Science in Oral Biology, Master of Advanced Dental Studies, and Master of Oral Health Science; and the Program for Advanced Standing Students in which foreign-trained dentists earn a DMD. As one of 12 schools within the larger urban campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Dental Medicine is uniquely positioned to provide a depth of opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research across other professional disciplines. The school is a major provider of oral healthcare for the Philadelphia community, serving approximately 31,000 patients each year in its care centers. 







New Materials for More Esthetics and Greater Cost Efficiency

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022

Ceramill FDS now also offers the option of milling dental arches and tooth segments

Amann Girrbach is expanding its Ceramill Full Denture System (FDS) to include the validated Ivotion materials from Ivoclar and is updating the Ceramill Mind software accordingly. This allows even more components to be individually combined in the fabrication of removable full dentures. Users thus benefit from greater flexibility as well as time and cost efficiency.

The Ceramill Full Denture System offers the industry's broadest range of options for fabricating dentures digitally. By adding the proven dental materials Ivotion Dent and Ivotion® Dent Multi as well as the impact-resistant denture base material Ivotion Base from Ivoclar, users can now also mill individual dental arches and tooth segments for the first time - and all within a validated workflow. Whereby the pearl structure effect of Ivotion® Dent Multi creates a particularly harmoni-ous color gradient. The previous options of milling denture bases or fabricating them via 3D printing technology and then combining them with the prefabricated teeth of leading manufactur-ers, are now extended to include an esthetic and cost-effective alternative.

In addition, the Ceramill FDS is distinguished by an end-to-end digital workflow and the seamless interaction of software and hardware. In this context, the Ceramill Mind Software has been updated so that all components, materials and the stored gap dimensions and milling strategies are precisely matched. "With the expansion of tooth libraries, fabrication possibilities and design options, the Ceramill FDS offers maximum flexibility. Thanks to the update, we are now in an even better position to cover different cost segments, so that individual patient wishes can be optimally addressed," says a delighted Maria Stroppe, Product Manager for Laboratory CAD/CAM Software and 3D Printing at Amann Girrbach. 







A New Paper Published on Three-Year Study Demonstrating that MI Varnish from GC was able to Reduce the Incidence of Tooth Decay in 6- and 12-Year-Old High Caries Risk Children

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022

On June 1st, 2022, a paper, entitled “The Effect of MI Varnish™ on Caries Increment and Dietary Habits among 6- and 12-Year-Old Children in Riga, Latvia: A 3-Year Randomized Controlled Trial” was published in the Dentistry Journal (Dent. J. 2022, 10(6), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj10060096). The paper reported on a 3-year clinical trial on reducing the incidence of tooth decay in 6 and 12 year old children in Riga Latvia by applying GC Corporation’s MI Varnish (5% sodium fluoride and Casein Phosphopeptide-Amorphous Calcium Phosphate) every 3 months. This study was led by Dr. Jekaterina Gudkina and her colleagues, Dr. Stephen Abrams, Dr. Bennett Amaechi, Dr. Anda Brinkmane, and Dr. Eva Petrosina. The paper demonstrated that a simple application of MI Varnish every 3 months reduced the decay rate in the 6 year old group by 10.8% and reduced the caries increment in the 12 year old group by 8.6% over a three year period. The paper concluded that the application of MI Varnish was able to reduce the decay rates in these high-risk populations.

Tooth decay or dental caries is a very common disease and some studies show that it affects over 40% of primary or baby teeth. In a previous study, Dr. Gudkina and colleagues found that the decay rates in 6 and 12 year old children in Riga, Latvia was very high. Two of the major drivers for that tooth decay were diets high in sugar and lack of fluoride in the water system. The children had at least 3 – 4 cups of tea per day with two teaspoons of sugar per cup. (Gudkina J, Brinkmane A, Abrams SH, Amaechi BT. Factors influencing the caries experience of 6 and 12 year old children in Riga, Latvia. Stomatologija, Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal, 18: 14-20, 2016).

Dr. Bennett Amaechi concluded that “There are many tools and approaches to managing tooth decay. Placing restorations only treats the effects of tooth decay. One needs to develop a preventive program for the family that engages the child, changes behaviors and uses products to help prevent new caries and reverse existing tooth decay.” Dr. Stephen Abrams felt that “MI Varnish is one tool that will help to control tooth decay, but one also needs to access regular preventive / dental care through a dental home and use devices that detect, measure, and monitor changes in tooth structure over time. These devices will then help to monitor the success of a preventive program. The “dental home” will allow a team to monitor ongoing dental health of the patient.”







Productive Dentist Academy Introduces Investment Grade Practices™ to the Dental Industry

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022

PDA’s Newest Strategic Initiative and Coinciding IGP™ Summit to Vastly Impact Optimization, Options and Optimism for Independent Dentists

Productive Dentist Academy (PDA), the nation’s leading dental business consulting and marketing firm, recently announced its newest strategic initiative – Investment Grade Practices™ (IGP™) – which teaches independently owned dental practices how to create maximum value in their practices so they can maintain their current lifestyle in retirement.

“According to the American Dental Association, 95-96 percent of dentists cannot retire and maintain their lifestyle. It does not have to be this way,” says Dr. Victoria Peterson, co-founder & CEO of PDA. “Investment Grade Practices™ allow the owner and team to enjoy personal freedom today while building assets and value for tomorrow. IGP™ practices are built on patient and team-first principles, putting people and relationships before anything else.”

IGP™ practices learn how to successfully optimize earning potential, create predictable growth year over year, balance debt, build durability into the systems and a structure for ongoing success. What sets IGP™ practices apart from others boils down to two important criteria: profits and career satisfaction.

“Building an Investment Grade Practice™ requires the willingness to allow yourself to dream big, and the discipline to invest in yourself and your team in order to bring the dream to life,” says Dr. Peterson. “Implementing IGP™ principles brings peace of mind to the practice owner, transforms the team into patient advocates, creates unparalleled patient experiences, builds great team culture and competitive compensation, prepares the practice to be sold at any time for top dollar, and creates continuity and profit after a sale.”

Coinciding with the launch of IGP™, Productive Dentist Academy has announced its IGP™ Summit, taking place September 22-24, 2022, in Frisco, Texas, alongside the PDA Productivity Workshop. The IGP™ team of Business Advisors and Coaches will be on hand to support annual business planning, goal planning, and marketing strategies. Special breakout sessions will help elevate dentists’ office managers to business managers, and marketing coordinators will be fully prepared to disseminate dental practices’ messages to the market.

“The IGP™ Summit is available exclusively to PDA clients and runs concurrently with the acclaimed PDA Productivity Workshop, which is open to all independent dentists and their teams,” says Dr. Peterson. “All IGP™ Summit attendees will receive an updated business plan, a comprehensive practice valuation (a $5,000 value), review of financials for the past three years to make sure your practice is set up properly, and a deep understanding of your financial freedom number – and how to make it a reality.”

Tuition for the IGP™ Summit is $995 per person. Dentists who are interested in attending the IGP™ Summit can register by e-mailing brent@productivedentist.com.

“We designed the IGP™ Summit to run alongside the PDA Productivity Workshop to allow independent dentists and teams the opportunity to learn from one another,” says PDA Chief Strategy Officer Dr. David Porritt.

The PDA Productivity Workshop – open to all independent dentists and their teams – delivers guaranteed growth for attendees. It is designed to help dentists improve profitability and time management through productive scheduling, smooth hand-offs and co-diagnosis with their team, treatment plan communication and case acceptance, authentic dental marketing, and seamless integration of new dental technology. In its 18th year, this workshop has helped thousands of dentists from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, France, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.

“We strategically chose to hold the PDA Productivity Workshop at the same location and time as the IGP Summit so dentists and teams can interact and experience in real-time the mindset and behaviors of the productive dentist,” says Porritt. “If you have ever wondered why PDA dentists own some of the highest performing and deeply satisfying dental practices in the world, this is your chance to learn first-hand. As the old adage goes, ‘You are the friends you keep,’ and we believe at PDA, every independent dentist deserves to be surrounded by greatness.”

Tuition for the PDA Productivity Workshop is $2,195 per doctor and $1,295 per team. Dentists who are interested in attending the workshop can register by calling 800-757-6077 ext. 135, visiting www.productivedentist.com/workshop or e-mailing brent@productivedentist.com.

 







$4 Million Gift From Pacific Dental Services CEO Supports Creation of Unique Health Care Collaborative at University of the Pacific

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2022

University of the Pacific has received a $4 million lead gift from Stephen and Pamela Thorne to help create the Pacific Dental Services Health Care Collaborative, an innovative teaching and patient care facility that will be one of the first of its kind at a university.

The project will include construction of a new clinical and academic facility on University of the Pacific’s Sacramento Campus designed to provide comprehensive health care services to the public, alongside integrated teaching and learning environments for students.

The clinical model, designed around value-based personalized care, will offer students who are training to be dentists, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, social workers and other health care providers the opportunity to learn and work together.

Stephen E. Thorne IV is the founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services, one of the nation's leading dental support organizations with more than 875 supported practices located across the United States. One of the company’s main initiatives is raising awareness about the critical link between oral health and overall health, and being a leading voice in advocating for better collaboration among medical and dental professionals to improve health outcomes for patients.

“Pacific Dental Services cares about supporting dentists and creating a perfect patient experience, but we also strive to mentor and assist the next generation of health care professionals to become the leaders of tomorrow,” Thorne said. “This new center will serve as the future of oral health and is an example of the dental-medical integration that will provide better health care to the patients who will utilize this amazing new facility.”

University of the Pacific holds special significance to the Thorne family. Stephen E. Thorne III, the donor’s father, graduated from the university’s School of Dentistry in 1966. Two of Stephen Thorne’s brothers also are alumni.

The Thornes’ gift was made to University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, which is collaborating with the university’s School of Health Sciences to develop the project. The initiative will include expansion of the Dugoni School’s successful International Dental Studies program as well as programs in the School of Health Sciences such as the highly sought-after Physician Assistant Studies.

In addition to the integrated dental-medical care approach, the facility will serve as a safety net for vulnerable and underserved populations in Sacramento’s Oak Park and surrounding neighborhoods. It will offer patients preventive, acute and ongoing dental and medical care, conveniently located in one setting. Approximately 20,000 medical patients and 10,000 dental patients from across the northern Central Valley region will be able to be served annually.

“This generous gift from Stephen and Pamela Thorne will help us build a visionary health care complex to serve the needs of thousands of people in Sacramento for many years to come,” University of the Pacific President Christopher Callahan said. “With a long-standing reputation for excellence in health sciences and a growing health care academic portfolio, the university is uniquely positioned to integrate medical and dental care in this forward-looking model.”

Callahan said the health care collaborative was the brainchild of Dugoni Dean Nader A. Nadershahi.

“Thanks to the generosity of Stephen and Pamela Thorne, we are a giant leap closer to our vision for equitable access to a collaborative delivery model focused on overall health for our community and training leaders for the future of healthcare delivery,” the dean said.

Architectural plans for the facility are currently being developed. The Pacific Dental Services Health Care Collaborative expects to break ground in 2023 and open in 2024.







Pacific Dental Services Foundation Announces Summer 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2022

The PDS Foundation awarded over $40,000 to a total of 10 dental assisting students from across the country.

The Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) Foundation is proud to announce the Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship recipients for Summer 2022. On Friday, June 17, the PDS Foundation awarded over $40,000 to a total of 10 dental assisting (DA) students from across the country who are pursuing their academic dreams and representing the future of the dental industry. Since the start of the year, the PDS Foundation has awarded over $120,000 to 27 dental assisting students in 12 states.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of DAs is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030. However, financial hardship often prevents many students from finishing school. Recognizing the importance of DAs to the future of dentistry, the PDS Foundation created this scholarship to provide students with the financial support they need to complete their education. Named after Carolyn Ghazal, DDS, a member of the PDS Foundation Board of Directors, this educational scholarship provides DA students with need-based financial aid, mentorship, on-the-job training, and aims to mold the next generation of passionate, servant-hearted dental leaders.

“I am so honored to have my name associated with such a worthwhile endeavor that is investing in the lives, education and futures of DA students throughout the nation,” said Dr. Ghazal. “My hope is that this financial support can help remove a barrier for students, and the mentorship they receive through the program will allow them the opportunity to pursue a noble career in dental assisting.”

Summer 2022 Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship Recipients:

Student

Academic Institution

City, State

Kelly Armstrong 

Concorde Career College

Jacksonville, Fla.

Izella Campos 

Concorde Career College 

Aurora, Colo. 

Kimberley Do 

Carrington College 

San Jose, Calif. 

Zakeriah Jacobs

Concorde Career College 

Memphis, Tenn. 

Maria Jessy Rose Jimenez 

Carrington College 

Citrus Heights, Calif. 

Tylee Johnson

Concorde Career College

Kansas City, Mo.

Elizabeth Miller

Concorde Career College 

Aurora, Colo. 

Bethany Morrow

PIMA Medical Institute 

Seattle, Wash. 

Zolangel Rodriguez 

Atlantic Technical College 

Coconut Creek, Fla.

Claudia Young

Concorde Career College 

Memphis, Tenn.

Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to DA students to help cover tuition expenses. The Scholarship Review Committee awards scholarships based on applicants' financial need, heart for service, career aspirations, and other criteria.

“We are so excited to see what the future holds for these 10 impressive scholarship recipients. The PDS Foundation is honored to be a part of their journey,” said Kyle Guerin, Executive Director of the PDS Foundation.

The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to improve overall health by creating opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally. Since the scholarship’s founding in 2016, the PDS Foundation has granted more than $1 million to DAs in pursuit of advancing their careers within the dental industry.

Click here to learn more about the PDS Foundation and make a tax-deductible gift today. 







NYU Dentistry Awarded $1.5 Million to Prepare Dental Students to Care for Underserved Populations

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

NYU College of Dentistry has received a nearly $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to prepare dental and dental hygiene students to care for underserved populations, including people with disabilities and expectant mothers.

The funding will support a new program, Preparing the Future, which is designed to address the national workforce shortage of dental professionals providing primary care dental services to vulnerable populations.

Preparing the Future seeks to improve the knowledge, confidence, and willingness of future dentists and dental hygienists to care for populations that lack access to dental care in their communities,” said Courtney H. Chinn, DDS, MPH, clinical associate professor and associate chair of pediatric dentistry at NYU Dentistry, who will lead the program. “Research shows that meaningful clinical experience in caring for people from underserved backgrounds during dental training increases oral health professionals’ interest in caring for these populations, which could help to address current disparities in dental care.”

Preparing the Future will provide students with enhanced experiences in the classroom, clinic, and community. NYU Dentistry will revise the curriculum for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a course delivered in the first year of dental school, to include interactive student engagement modules focused on underserved populations. In addition, third- and fourth-year dental students will collaborate with dietetic interns during their rotation in the pediatric dental clinic that incorporates nutritional counseling into oral health care for vulnerable high-risk children and their families.

Dental and dental hygiene students will also learn how to improve dental access in community settings through exposure to a school-based asynchronous teledentistry program incorporating intraoral cameras and virtual diagnosis of dental conditions. NYU dental students are expected to successfully utilize these current technological advances to improve their ability to coordinate care, triage dental emergencies, and refer for specialty care.

Finally, the HRSA funding will support NYU Dentistry programs working to diversify the dental workforce through scholarships and expanded mentoring of pre-dental hygiene and pre-dental undergraduate students in the Bringing Smiles Dental Enrichment Program, a pathway program which seeks to help underrepresented students to successfully enroll and thrive in dental school.

Preparing the Future builds upon NYU Dentistry’s ongoing efforts to train dental professionals to care for people with disabilities. NYU Dentistry opened the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities in 2019 to provide much-needed care for people whose disabilities or medical conditions prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental setting. In 2020, NYU Dentistry received a $2 million grant from HRSA to train practicing dentists and dental hygienists to care for this population through a program called Bridging the Gap.

The new five-year grant (1 D85HP45704‐01‐00) begins on July 1, 2022. This is the fifth HRSA grant awarded to NYU Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry since 2015.

About NYU College of Dentistry

Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating nearly 10 percent of the nation’s dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit dental.nyu.edu for more.







New Report: 77 Million Adults Do Not Have Dental Insurance

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

CareQuest Institute Releases New Data on Inequities in Oral Health Care

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health® released new data on inequities in oral health care from the second annual State of Oral Health Equity in America survey in a webinar last week. According to the survey, 77 million adults in the US do not have dental insurance, and disparities in oral health exist for many populations, including people of color, low-income or uninsured people, and veterans.

The State of Oral Health Equity in America survey created by CareQuest Institute is a nationally representative survey of 5,682 adults to study knowledge, attitudes, experiences, and behaviors related to oral health.

“We created this survey to better understand the disparities in oral health,” said Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, president and CEO of CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. “These newly released findings give additional insight into the many barriers facing historically underserved populations and will help inform our ongoing work to address inequities in our oral health care system.”

This new data was released during a virtual discussion, “How’s America’s Oral Health? Barriers to Care, Common Problems, and Ongoing Inequity,” based on the survey results and attended by more than 300 people.

“This survey is the most comprehensive of its kind and the results validate the inequities we already knew exist in oral health,” said Ifetayo B. Johnson, Executive Director of The Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN), who was a panelist during the virtual discussion. “We look forward to working with CareQuest Institute and our other partners to use those findings to implement systemic change and break the cycle of oral health disparities.”

The new survey results show the challenges many populations face related to oral health, including:

Black, Hispanic, and Asian Populations Face Disparities in Oral Health

● Higher proportions of Asian (49%), Hispanic (49%), and Black (48%) populations reported experiencing discrimination in oral health care compared to their white counterparts (33%). 

● Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) of Black adults have lost one or more permanent teeth due to decay or gum disease compared to 45% of all adults. 

● Higher proportions of Black (34%) and Hispanic (25%) adults rate their oral health as fair or poor compared to white adults (23%). 

● 32% of Black adults and 30% of Hispanic adults report at least moderate difficulty getting care for oral pain, compared to 21% of white adults. 

Oral Health Disparities Exist Due Lack of Dental Insurance 

● 77 million adults do not currently have dental insurance (29.8%). 

● 3x more adults lack dental insurance than health insurance.

● 1 in 4 (25.1%) people without dental insurance reported that their overall health has gotten worse over the past year compared to those with dental insurance (19.9%).

Oral Health Inequities Persist for Veterans

● 14% of veterans reported losing 6 or more teeth due to decay or gum disease, compared to 8% of non-veterans. 

● 6% of veterans reported losing all their teeth due to decay or gum disease, compared to 3% of non-veterans. 

● Nearly half (49%) of veterans reported that a disability in their household made it difficult to access needed care compared to non-veterans (19.9%). 

Disparities in Oral Health Status Exist by Income

● More than twice the proportion of Americans in the lowest income category (13%) compared to those in the highest category (5%) rate their oral health as poor. 

● About 1 in 4 (24%) of adults who make less than $30,000 are often embarrassed or self-conscious of their mouth, compared to 8% of adults who make more than $100,000. 

● 29% of adults who make less than $30,000 report delaying care due to COVID-19, compared to 19% of adults who make more than $100,000. 

To access more information about the data, click here. More information on the 2022 survey can be found here, and 2021 survey information can be accessed here.  







Dental Hygienists in New York Can Now Administer Anesthesia for More Dental Procedures

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

According to a bill recently signed into law by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, dental hygienists in the state of New York will now be allowed to administer nitrous oxide analgesia or local infiltration anesthesia for any dental procedure given that they obtain a certificate to do so or do so under the supervision of the dentist.Previously, hygienists in New York could only administer these forms of analgesia and anesthesia for dental hygiene specific procedures.The bill was justified as a means to “allow dental offices to function more efficiently [and] provide greater access to care.”1,2

In their news report on the bill, Rivkin Radler Attorneys at Law state that hygienists should obtain their own malpractice insurance before being permitted to administer nitrous oxide or local infiltration anesthesia.1

References

Brocki L; Rivkin Radler LLP. NY Dental Hygiene Bill Expands Hygienists’ Authority to Administer Anesthesia - UPDATED June 2022. JD Spura website. https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ny-dental-hygiene-bill-expands-9355579/. Updated June 21, 2022. Accessed June 22, 2022.

State of New York Senate Bill S6694B, 2021-2022 Legislative Session. The New York State Senate website. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/s6694/amendment/b. Accessed June 22, 2022.







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