Dental Associates’ Green Bay Dental Center Named Best of the Bay

Dental Associates’ Green Bay and Howard dental centers have been chosen as Best Dental Facility and finalist for Best Orthodontic Facility in the 2017 Best of the Bay Awards. Readers of the Green Bay Press Gazette selected the winners.

“Our focus is to create the best experience possible for our patients.” said Jenny Jandrin, practice manager for the Green Bay and Howard dental centers. “With our recent expansion to Howard, we are showing our patients that in addition to providing the highest quality of dental care, making access to care convenient is important as well.”

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Dental Associates Adds Key Personnel to Focus on Education and Retention

For Immediate Release
Contact: Darin Schumacher
Email: [email protected]

As part of its ongoing focus on patient satisfaction and staff retention, Dental Associates is adding key personnel to its training department. The company has hired Alexandra Sielaff, PhD, as Director of Instructional Development, and Pam Brilowski as Corporate Trainer.

Dr. Sielaff has more than 25 years of experience in higher education at Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University and Waukesha County Technical College. She continues to teach as a university professor and has served as a graduate and professional education administrator, developer of curricula, and program evaluation coordinator.

Brilowski has 20 years of dental hygiene and leadership experience, and is credited with coordinating the success of the dental hygiene program at Waukesha County Technical College.

“Training is an integral part of an organization,” said Anthony Vastardis, Chief Executive Officer at Dental Associates. “It is a major influence on employee performance. I believe Dr. Sielaff will build on the patient-centered care model we have in place.”

This summer, Dr. Sielaff will begin a comprehensive professional development and continual customer service initiative at Dental Associates. Through building and revising the company’s training programs, her focus will be on enhancing a culture of caring, and helping team members continually develop their skills on the job.

“We believe that if learning is a core value, employees will be motivated and excited about their future at Dental Associates, and this will filter down to a more positive patient experience,”

Dr. Sielaff said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of something that activates and grows the talent that’s already here. Pam is a great addition to the team and is a well-respected dental hygiene educator known throughout Wisconsin. She has trained many of the hygienists at Dental Associates and will be a crucial part of implementing our new training initiatives overall.”

Dental Associates employs over 800 Wisconsinites. Before each team member begins their first day in a clinic, they must go through an extensive training program.

Dental Associates has 14 clinics in Wisconsin and hosts all dental specialties, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and more. To meet the needs of children, teens, adults and seniors, the 800-member team consists of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, patient care coordinators, clinic management and a corporate support team.

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Founded in 1974, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 14 clinics throughout the state and nearly 850 staff members, including 85 doctors and 629 operatories. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof, from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults, with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Dental Associates is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Dental Associates is the exclusive provider for CarePlus Dental Plans, which provides affordable and high-quality dental health care insurance options to all Wisconsin residents. For more information regarding Dental Associates, visit www.dentalassociates.com.

 

Healthcare Has Lost Its Soul by Dr. AJ Acierno (TEDx 2017)

Dr. Alan J. Acierno is the CEO of DecisionOne Dental Partners, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. After receiving his DDS from Creighton University, he practiced dentistry in both corporate and private environments, where he discovered the benefits and challenges of each practice.

Compelled with a vision to make a difference in the way dentistry is practiced, Dr. AJ and his brother and fellow dentist, Dr. Michael Acierno, founded DecisionOne Dental Partners in 2011.

Over the past five years, DecisionOne has grown to 19 dental practices. As the company continues to grow, DecisionOne remains dedicated to the mission of changing the way dentistry is done to improve lives.

Aspen Dental offering veterans free dental care

The Republic –

Aspen Dental is offering free dental care for local veterans as part of the Healthy Mouth Movement.

Columbus Aspen Dental, located at 1310 N. National Road, will provide free dental care by appointment to local veterans From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24.

Local veterans can call 1-844-ASPENHMM to schedule an appointment.

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Smiling Brightly

St. Louis Review –

Just before the start of providing free dental services to people who are St. Patrick Center clients, volunteers from Smile Generation’s St. Louis offices gathered outside the Pacific Dental Services Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic RV for a last-minute meeting to go over procedures and details for the day.

At the conclusion, they huddled and shouted, “We serve,” then went to their positions, like a sports team ready to play a game. Doctors, nurses, X-ray techs and a hygienist awaited patients, while receptionists awaited people to sign in.

“Are you ready?” a volunteered asked Patient Zero.

“Uh, I don’t know,” he responded with faux trepidation before breaking into a smile — the goal of the day: “Mobile dentistry you can smile about,” as stated on the RV wrap.

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Pacific Dental Services Foundation™, with Support from Smile Generation®-Trusted Clinicians, Provided $46,920 in Donated Dentistry

PR Web –

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, with support from Smile Generation-trusted volunteer clinicians and their dental care teams, provided free dental care to 50 Dress for Success clients in Houston.

Partnering with Dress for Success Houston, 81 volunteers comprised of Smile Generation-trusted clinicians and dental care teams set up an onsite dental clinic and, in a matter of hours, treated more than 50 patients and provided $46,920 of donated dentistry. Clinicians utilized the PDS Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) to provide treatments that included exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings, and same-day crowns.

Dress for Success Houston is a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Utah dentist office offers free services to military, first responders

Good 4 Utah –

Utah dentist office is offering free dentistry to military, firefighters, police and other first responders.
Joe Maio from Apex Dental shares more about the Smiles for Success event.
During this year’s Smiles for Success event, Apex’s team of doctors, hygienists, and assistants will be providing free dental care to the first responders and military service members and free cleanings for their families.
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New Survey: Kids without Dental Coverage Are Less Likely to Get Needed Care, Experience Double the Rate of Toothaches or Other Major Dental Problems

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rebecca Reid
Email: [email protected]

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new national survey of U.S. parents shows that children without dental insurance were twice as likely as insured kids to have had a recent toothache or other dental problem that affected their ability to eat, sleep or concentrate in school. The survey reveals the crucial impact of dental coverage at a time when Congress is considering plans to significantly alter key programs — including Medicaid — through which many U.S. children and families are covered.

    The survey of 605 parents of children up to age 21 was conducted March 3-5 by Public Policy Polling. The survey was commissioned by the Children’s Dental Health Project and sponsored by the Benevis Foundation.
    Other key findings from the parent survey include:

  • Within the past year, 13% of parents said their children were “in need of dental care but not able to receive it.” However, parents of uninsured kids were nearly three times as likely (26%) to have children who went without care than parents whose kids were insured (9%).
  • Affordability is the major reason parents reported why their children needed but did not obtain dental care. In fact, parents were roughly seven times more likely to cite cost (57%) as they were to cite “difficulty getting to the dentist.”
  • Dental access issues were more pronounced among low-income and minority respondents. Parents with annual incomes below $30,000 were twice as likely (28%) and Hispanic parents were nearly three times more likely (34%) to report their children were in need of dental care but unable to receive it. Hispanic (35%), Asian (11%) and African-American parents (10%) were also more likely than White parents (2%) to report that their children had visited an emergency room for a dental problem in the past year.
  • Parents were asked whether the debate in Washington D.C. about the future of health coverage made them feel more secure, feel less secure or feel no different. Just under half (45%) said they felt less secure, 27% felt more secure, 23% felt no different and 4% were unsure.
  • Pediatricians and other medical staff can play meaningful roles in children’s oral health. In the survey, only 35% of parents said their children’s doctor talked or asked about dental issues during the last few medical appointments.

Although the attention over medical and dental coverage is focused on those insured through
Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, Congress has yet to extend funding for the Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP), whose funding will expire at the end of September.
“This survey speaks loud and clear — coverage counts,” said Meg Booth, executive director for
the Children’s Dental Health Project. “When children are covered by Medicaid, CHIP or private
insurance, they are more likely to have regular dental visits. And they are far less likely to have
serious oral health problems that can cause pain and disrupt their lives.”

The parent survey findings reflect recent research on children’s dental health access. A recent
Journal of the American Dental Association study found that uninsured children had the fewest
dental appointments and their parents were most likely to report unmet dental health needs due to
cost. Children’s dental health needs are also especially pronounced in low-income, minority, and
rural communities, according to a 2016 Pew Charitable Trusts analysis.

Nationwide, more than 18 million low-income children went without dental care, including
routine exams, in 2014. More than 4 million children did not receive needed dental care because
their families could not afford it. Even when controlling for insurance status, low-income and
minority children are less likely to receive preventive dental care, according to the analysis.
Without access to preventive dental care, many patients are left to seek expensive emergency
dental care for unaddressed oral health needs. According to a report from the ADA, in 2012 there
were more than two million dental-related visits to hospital emergency rooms, which accounted
for about $1.6 billion in health costs.

Research shows children with poor oral health are nearly three times more likely to miss school
than their healthier peers. A California study found that teens with recent dental pain were four
times more likely to earn lower grade-point averages than healthier teens in the same schools. In
2012, the Bipartisan Policy Center reported that 62% of the U.S. Army’s new recruits were “not
immediately deployable because of a significant dental issue.” Military health experts reported
that dental disease was a common cause of non-battle injuries that required evacuation from
combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Children with poor oral health often grow up to become adults with poor oral health,” said
David King, a Benevis Foundation board member. “That has consequences for our nation in so
many ways. The best way to stop the cycle of dental disease is to prevent it.”
To view the complete survey results, go to http://bit.ly/2nQfb2j.

About the Children’s Dental Health Project
The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) is an independent nonprofit that creates and advances
innovative policy solutions so that no child suffers from tooth decay. Based in Washington, D.C., we
are driven by the vision of all children achieving optimal oral health in order to reach their full
potential. CDHP uses data measurement and analysis to advance models that incentivize oral health,
not just payment for treating the symptoms of dental disease. CDHP seeks to lead the way toward a
health care system that is truly inclusive of oral health, from payment to care delivery. Learn more
about us at www.cdhp.org.

About the Benevis Foundation
The Benevis Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization committed to improving dental healthcare access
and outcomes through research, education and outreach. The foundation sponsors ongoing research on
the role of Medicaid dental providers in improving access to preventative care, early intervention, and
dental health education among traditionally underserved pediatric populations, as well as research on
the cost savings associated with improving access to dental care in both federal and state healthcare
systems. Through these research efforts, the Benevis Foundation aims to provide data that informs and
strengthens public policy related to dental access and affordability. For more information,
visit https://benevis.com/benevis-foundation/.

 

Residents, health/dental community clash on Green Bay’s fluoridization of water

On Monday night, residents, dental and healthcare professionals, and others debated the necessity of continuing to add fluoride to the water supply during Green Bay’s Protection and Welfare Committee meeting.

The issue was added onto the committee’s agenda after Green Bay resident Brenda Staudenmaier asked the city to consider stopping the practice.

Staudenmaier says she believes fluoride is detrimental to many organs in the body, especially the brain and thyroid.

“We have over 196 research studies we’ve submitted that show that it causes brain damage, it causes learning disabilities, and all kinds of problems,” Staudenmaier said.

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