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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Research & Commentary: Dental Service Organizations Help Patients and Dentists

Heartland Institute –

The dental industry has taken dramatic steps toward improving its services using information technology. A new model available to dentists are dental service organizations (DSOs). DSOs are companies dental providers can choose to contract with to provide critical business management and support services, including non-clinical operations.

First launched in the late 1990s, DSOs help dental practices deal with the complexities of administration, accounting, and insurance, which can be especially daunting when dealing with state Medicaid programs. DSOs allow dentists to focus on patient care by taking the burden of office management off their shoulders. DSOs also allow dentists to expand and streamline their services, by providing their patients with new technologies, such as radiography, in-office CAD/CAM, intraoral cameras, implants, online record keeping, and scheduling. DSOs often provide training assistance for skills dentists do not traditionally have, such as business management and marketing.

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Largest Dental Support Organization Event Of 2017: 900 Attendees Visit The ADSO Summit

 

Group Dentistry Now –

“Best ADSO Summit ever!” was a phrase heard repeatedly during and after ADSO’s annual Summit in Orlando, March 7-10. The Summit attracted nearly 900 registrants, surpassing last year’s event by more than 100 people and doubling the attendance from the 2015 meeting. More than 120 DSOs or group practices were represented at the event, along with a dozen DSOs from other countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. The breadth of participation is a testament to the growth of the DSO industry as well as the increasing recognition that the ADSO provides the best forum for DSOs to come together and share their experiences.

 

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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Utah Dental Group Offering Free Screening

Group Dentistry Now –

At least one dental group practice, Apex Family Dental, a seven office practice spread across Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis counties, is offering completely free oral cancer screenings to the community throughout the month of April. April is Oral Cancer Awareness month across the country. Although oral cancer only accounts for approximately 3% of all cancer cases, there are still estimated to be over 45,000 Americans diagnosed this year. Because oral cancer is often detected at a late stage, only 60% of newly diagnosed people live longer than 5 years. Regularly scheduled preventative check-ups allow your dentist the opportunity to diagnose more serious health concerns, such as oral cancer. Apex believes in the importance of the fight against oral cancer, which is why they are leading the way in raising awareness and diagnoses within their community.

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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/.

 

Affordable Dentures & Implants® Launches Pro Bono Implant Treatment Initiative For U.S. Veterans, Homeless

RALEIGH, NC and PHOENIX, January 9, 2017 – Affordable Dentures & Implants® announced today that it will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute of Phoenix, Arizona to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017 alone. About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from across the U.S. to Phoenix as part of the effort.

The pro bono program will occur over six three-day sessions throughout 2017. The sessions are facilitated by Brighter Way Dental Institute at Central Arizona Shelter Services in Phoenix. Drs. Kris Volcheck and Justin Moody will oversee clinical care at each of the sessions. Twelve Affordable Dentures & Implants affiliates participated in a successful pilot session last October, delivering free care estimated at $440,000.

“This program reflects our affiliates’ shared commitment to deliver tooth replacement care with dignity and respect to those who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Doug Brown, President and CEO of Affordable Care, the dental support organization affiliated with Affordable Dentures & Implants. “As a national dental support organization, we have a special opportunity to use our network size and resources to give back to underserved communities.”

The Brighter Way Dental Institute, formerly known as the CASS Dental Clinic for the Homeless, provides comprehensive dental care and a dental home to not only homeless individuals but also to adults and military veterans, many of whom do not receive dental benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Affordable Dentures & Implants’ participation in the 2017 Brighter Way program will build upon a record year of giving back and volunteering.

  • More than 100 dentists, lab technicians and business support staff gave their time at more than 20 Mission of Mercy pro bono events across the U.S. in 2016. Lab technicians produced more than 700 partial dentures and other appliances at Mission of Mercy events during the year.
  • Affordable Care renewed a significant annual contribution to America’s Dentists Care Foundation and to more than 20 state-level Mission of Mercy organizations.
  • And more than 200 dentists within the affiliated practice network have taken part in international implant volunteerism since 2014, including through a partner clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico, performing more than an estimated $5 million in implant surgery and related services in that time frame.

“Unfortunately, veterans are more likely to be homeless than the general population – they comprise approximately 10 percent of our homeless population,” said Dr. Kris Volcheck, Brighter Way Dental

​Institute​ CEO and founder. “​O​ne of the ​greatest unmet needs of our homeless veterans is that of basic oral health care. Even if basic care were available, it still would be woefully lacking in its ability to treat those veterans who are edentulous. These men and women, who are often missing all of their teeth, are our family and community members. Because they have no teeth and no smile, their health is poor and so is their self-esteem. For Brighter Way ​to be able to treat these patients who have served our nation in such a comprehensive manner is an honor. Simply put, restoring these patients’ health and self-esteem by placing implant-based dentures is the very best possible care available. And these veterans should be getting our very best efforts.”

Tooth replacement solutions – including full-arch implant restorations like those performed at Brighter Way – often are beyond the financial reach for those without dental insurance. Affordable Dentures & Implants practice owners have historically elected to set everyday fees lower than insurance co-pays for the same treatment.

More people each year – including new and experienced denture wearers – are turning to dental implants as a more desired tooth replacement solution. Implants help to stop or slow bone loss (resorption) in the jaw, and restore more tooth function than dentures or other options.

“The patients at Brighter Way have been absolutely amazing,” said Dr. Jase Hackney, practice owner of Affordable Dentures & Implants – Tampa, who participated in the pilot pro bono session in October. “They’ve been very thankful when we finish – they want to shake our hand, or give us a hug. It’s been very rewarding, in that regard.”

The Brighter Way program is also made possible through financial contributions from BioHorizons, a global manufacturer of dental implants and tissue regeneration products. Other program sponsors include dental industry leaders Carestream Dental, Sterngold, Meisinger, Benco Dental and Implant Concierge.

About Affordable Dentures & Implants®

Founded in 1975, Affordable Dentures & Implants® is the largest network of dental providers concentrating exclusively on denture and implant services in the U.S., with more than 220 affiliated practices in 39 states. Each practice is individually owned and operated by a licensed dentist to provide dentures and implants crafted to each patient’s treatment needs, delivered with the highest levels of professionalism and care. More than six million patients have received services from an Affordable Dentures & Implants®-affiliated practice.

Affordable Dentures & Implants® practices provide dentures, partial dentures, dental implants and tooth extraction services. Every practice has its own on-site dental lab and technicians for service in as little as one day, which adds convenience and value for patients.

For more information about Affordable Dentures & Implants®, visit www.affordabledentures.com. To learn more about dental practice ownership and career opportunities, visit careers.affordabledentures.com.

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States, look out: Don’t let licensing boards limit access to quality care

The Hill –

Americans continue to experience an increase in the cost of healthcare, a trend largely advanced by the massive expansion of regulation triggered by implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

As a result, providers are continuously seeking market-based solutions to increase access and quality, while bringing down the cost of care. This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), released its latest analysis Overregulation Threatens Market-Driven Solutions in Dentistry, which outlines policies impacting state licensing regulations and educates on the benefits Dental Support Organizations bring to healthcare.

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Rent Seeking Organized Dentistry

Group Dentistry Now –

Before reading an article entitled, Drilling Down on Rent Seeking Dentists, I had no idea what “rent seeking” meant. Jeff Steir, a senior fellow at The National Center for Public Policy Research, a non-partisan, free-market, independent think-tank, crafted the article. What I discovered in this piece was an interesting definition for a political technique that has been used recently by ‘old guard dentists’ and organized dentistry. “Rent seeking” is defined in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics as the act of people, companies, or organizations attempting to gain benefit through the political process. Simply put, “rent seeking” describes people’s lobbying of government to give them special privileges. A more suitable term may be “privilege seeking.”Before reading an article entitled, Drilling Down on Rent Seeking Dentists, I had no idea what “rent seeking” meant.  Jeff Steir, a senior fellow at The National Center for Public Policy Research, a non-partisan, free-market, independent think-tank, crafted the article. What I discovered in this piece was an interesting definition for a political technique that has been used recently by ‘old guard dentists’ and organized dentistry.  “Rent seeking” is defined in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics as the act of people, companies, or organizations attempting to gain benefit through the political process.  Simply put, “rent seeking” describes people’s lobbying of government to give them special privileges.  A more suitable term may be “privilege seeking.”

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DSO Acquires A Three Practice Group In Texas

Group Dentistry Now –

Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) has announced its affiliation with three Family Tree Dental Group offices in the Austin area. The recent affiliations bring GEDC’s Austin footprint to six offices and 15 total in Texas.

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“Family Tree Dental Group’s dedication to patient service and care matches that of GEDC’s,” said Richard Beckman, CEO of Great Expressions Dental Centers. “These affiliations allow GEDC to continue to grow in the Austin area through the strong foundation Family Tree Dental Group has built and we’re committed to providing affordable and convenient care to patients at these locations.”

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