Archive | August, 2013

Trouble in Dental Paradise: CDA vs. Delta Dental of California (via @DentistryIQ)

15 Aug

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August 14, 2013 — Sacramento, Calif. — On behalf of its members, the California Dental Association, along with several individual dentist providers, has taken legal action against Delta Dental of California by filing a demand for binding arbitration in response to Delta’s notice dated Aug. 1, informing providers of changes to key provisions in their agreements.

Delta is unilaterally attempting to change two significant provisions of providers’ agreements: the first restricts dentists’ ability to use arbitration to challenge Delta’s actions, and the second eliminates the current requirement that Delta provide justification for changing its reimbursement fees. Both are key provisions that have been in participating dentist agreements for many years. Delta has provided no explanation for its attempt to delete them now, although it appears to precede the anticipated action by Delta to reduce fees without justification by the end of this year.

“CDA is committed to supporting our members in their practices and the patients they serve,” said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS. “Delta’s unilateral attempt to change key provisions of its contracts would allow Delta to abandon its responsibility for justifying its payments to contracted providers. This move toward non-transparency appears to be motivated by Delta’s desire for financial gain, not to improve patient coverage or care. It leaves us with no choice but to seek a legal remedy.”

CDA is taking this legal action to ensure that Delta will honor its current contracts with dentists and continue to be required to justify reducing fees in the future.

“Delta’s move to modify the contracts it has with providers appears to fly in the face of good faith and fair dealing,” said CDA Vice President Walt Weber, DDS, chair of the CDA Dental Benefits Research Task Force. “CDA absolutely questions whether, once Delta provides the information required by the contracts, fee reductions would be justified.”

Due to the 2012 CDA-sponsored law requiring dental plans to provide 45 business days’ notice of any provider agreement changes, Delta’s recently proposed changes cannot take effect until Oct. 4 at the earliest, allowing time for dentists to review how these changes will affect their practices.

“We have done significant analysis of this issue, and we take very seriously the concerns of our members regarding dental benefit plan issues,” Weber added.

CDA members seeking more information or expressing an interest in participating in the litigation can contact Jan Katerkamp at 916.554.4913 or jan.katerkamp@cda.org. For additional developments in this litigation, visit cda.org.

Source: http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/08/cda-files-legal-action-against-delta-dental-of-california.html
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Insight into the Global Dental Preventive Supplies Industry (via @sacbee_news)

15 Aug

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NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Global Dental Preventive Supplies Industryhttp://www.reportlinker.com/p01591577/Global-Dental-Preventive-Supplies-Industry.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Adhesive_and_Sealant

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Dental Preventive Supplies in US$ Thousand. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific,Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2010 through 2018. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets.

The report profiles 42 companies including many key and niche players such as 3M ESPE AG, Angelus Indústria de Produtos Odontológicos S/A, Biotrol, DENTSPLY International, Inc., GC America, Inc., Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Kuraray Noritake Dental, Inc., Mydent International, Inc., Preventive Technologies, Inc., TePe Munhygienprodukter AB, Ultradent Products, Inc., VOCO GmbH, and Water Pik, Inc.

Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1 Disclaimers I-2 Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2 Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3 Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3 Dental Preventive Supplies I-3

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#Newvideo 100% Organic Toothpaste… Would you buy it??? (via @prweb & @SpiritDetox)

15 Aug

An all-natural toothpaste without additives or harsh ingredients that offers the refreshing, invigorating taste of cinnamon!
EarthPaste Natural Peppermint Toothpaste is so harmless to the body, that it can be safely swallowed, making it safe for users of all ages.Redmond’s EarthPaste gently cleans the teeth and gums and offers a natural whitening benefit because it contains calcium montmorillonite clay, or Kanwa.
Redmondclay boasts 57 essential minerals and elements and has been used for centuries by many cultures for better oral health and a whiter smile in addition to dozens of other internal and external ailments. Calcium montmorillonite toothpaste is excellent for healing oral issues and is even better for the prevention of infections.

Other benefits of using EarthPaste Natural Cinnamon Toothpaste include:

* Natural Whitening of Teeth
* Reducing Canker Sores and Mouth Ulcers
* Excellent for Healing After Oral Surgery or Dental Procedures
* Preventing Cavities
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Most of the ingredients in your average toothpaste like fluoride, dyes, and glycerin have harmful side effects for both humans and the environment. The fact that EarthPaste Natural Cinnamon Toothpaste doesn’t foam makes it ideal for use with Sonicare and other electric toothbrushes.
Try EarthPaste Natural Toothpaste in our other flavors of Peppermint and Spearmint, or consider the milder flavors provided by ClayBrite Natural Toothpaste.

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb10993894.htm

Daily Dental Tip- FLOSS PROPERLY!

15 Aug

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When flossing the back teeth, curve the thread around the tooth and push it underneath the gumline.

 

How to Preserve Dental Health (via @digitaljournal)

14 Aug

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Oral Hygienist, Mauro Weingarten, promotes a recent article featured in Times of India regarding top dental health habits people of all ages should consider. As an oral health care professional, he believes that a healthy smile not only enhances the appearance, but also improves overall health care and helps people enjoy their food better.

 

The report spotlights Dentist, Dr. Ajay Kakkar, an oral health care professional who shares expert advice on getting and preserving strong, sparkling white teeth. Mauro Weingarten applauds his first dental health tip, which is to brush twice a day. “If people abide by this rule, they could avoid an abundance of dental problems,” Dr. Weingarten said.

 

According to Dr. Ajay, 70 percent of dental problems are potentially solved by implementing thorough teeth brushing practices. “Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two to four minutes to get rid of plaque,” he said. He also encourages individuals to use quality products, such as scientifically designed tooth brushes. Mauro Weingarten adds, “The best way to get rid of food particles and brush your teeth effectively is to invest in a quality toothbrush that will clean all areas of the mouth. Along with this product, consider using a good fluoride-based toothpaste.”

 

The article mentions that rinsing well is another trick to a healthier-looking smile: “If you are a regular snacker, than Dr. Ajay suggests that you rinse your mouth thoroughly after every snack. You can even gargle with a good mouthwash if you want to keep tooth decay away.” Dr. Weingarten weighs in on the importance of visiting a dentist for regular visits. “If you want to maintain good oral hygiene, visiting your dentist and scheduling regular appointments is imperative,” he said. “Visiting your dentist at least once a year will help you maintain stronger, healthier teeth.”

 

For individuals who smoke, the article notes that dental health experts recommend quitting, as it is harmful to the body and deteriorates teeth: “The nicotine present in cigarettes causes tooth decay and bad breath. So, avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.” The report also mentions that changing toothbrushes often is another important health habit: “If you have been using your toothbrush for a year, than replace it with a new one as soon as possible. As soon as you notice the bristles of your toothbrush getting frayed, it is time to replace your toothbrush.”

 

Dr. Weingarten points out the importance of eating a healthy diet, noting that for strong teeth, eating a nutrient-rich diet should include loads of vitamin B. He adds that dairy products decrease gum diseases and help develop and maintain the whiteness of teeth. “Not only does dairy protect and strengthen the enamel, hard cheese like cheddar is an effective way to whiten the teeth,” said Mauro Weingarten.

 

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1403037#ixzz2bxh4vEWq

Does Chewing Wrigley’s Gum Promote Oral Health? (via Wrigley.com)

14 Aug

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Chewing sugar-free gum after meals has proven benefits for oral health. More than 20 years of research, supported by expert reviews and statements from authoritative bodies, highlights that when you chew sugar-free gum you can help protect your teeth.

 

Find Out More Information Here: http://www.wrigley.com/global/benefits-of-chewing/chewing-gum-and-oral-health.aspx

P&G provides oral health education for Nigerian children (via @BusinessDayng)

14 Aug

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As part of activities to commemorate World Oral Health Day 2013, Procter and Gamble (P&G), leading player in fast moving consumer goods, on Wednesday hosted Nigerian children to an event in Lagos. Celebrated every year on 20 March, this year’s theme, ‘Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life,’ reflects the major contribution oral health makes to our lives.

In her address during the event, Mokutima Ajileye, the brand operations integration leader, Procter and Gamble Nigeria, said P&G is committed to providing oral health education for Nigerians, adding that oral health is at the core of the organisation’s brand purpose. ‘‘At Procter and Gamble, our aim is to touch and improve the lives of consumers with all our products. Oral-B furthers this goal by raising awareness about oral hygiene, giving education on the importance of good oral practices and disease prevention,’’ she said. Procter and Gamble launched its Oral-B Pro-Health toothpaste into the Nigerian market in 2011.

BusinessDay findings show that the toothpaste is the product of over 15 years of research and development, enabling it to deliver unmatched benefits to users.

Also speaking at the event, Sidney Esiri, celebrity artist and dentist, urged children to take their oral hygiene seriously. Esiri said, ‘‘You have to learn good oral hygiene habits early so that you can protect your teeth,’’ commending Procter and Gamble for educating Nigerians about oral hygiene through their Oral-B brand.

Procter and Gamble which serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands, is a key stakeholder on oral care worldwide with the company committing funds to research and development annually in order to produce world class products that meet the needs and budgets of her consumers.

 

Source: http://businessdayonline.com/2013/03/pg-provides-oral-health-education-for-nigerian-children/