Archive | July, 2015

Daily Dental Tip: Don’t Ignore the Inner Surfaces of the Teeth

31 Jul


While brushing our teeth in the busy morning time, our minds might be preoccupied and we can forget to brush our teeth’s inner surfaces. Such a mistake can lead to a buildup of plaque on the inner surfaces. This can be just as damaging as the plaque on the front of your teeth. When brushing, do not focus only on the front of your teeth because it’s the side that is most visible.  You must also brush the inner surfaces of all your teeth to maintain good oral health.


@smile4health joins public health leaders to celebrate 50th anniversary of @MedicareGov

31 Jul

Oral Health America

Oral Health America, together with people and organizations across the country, will celebrate the 50th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid. In 1965, more than half of older adults in the US were uninsured. Currently, 54 million older adults and persons with disabilities have affordable health care coverage because of Medicare. Throughout the years, Medicare has evolved to meet the changing health and economic needs of older Americans.

Medicare and Medicaid has provided low-income vulnerable older adults living with multiple chronic diseases with dual eligibility to protect them from the devastation that can result from unaffordable out of pockets costs. In 2003, Medicare Part D was established to ensure older adults could pay for prescription drugs they needed to maintain health. Most recently, in 2010, the importance of early disease detection for older Americans to curb disease and subdue costs was acknowledged. Through the Affordable Care Act, older adults can now access free preventive services.

Although Medicare revolutionized the way older adults access and pay for health care, many critical health benefits are excluded, such as routine and preventive dental services. Each day 10,000 older Americans are retiring. In fact, this cohort is expected to reach 72.1 million by year 2030.

“Maintaining a healthy mouth is one of the keys to independence as we age because of the vital connection to overall health and well-being,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO of Oral Health America.“ However, 70% of older Americans lack dental insurance because of inadequate financial resources and the need to cover the costs of daily living like housing, food, and transportation. This is a situation in a country as wealthy as ours that must be addressed in our lifetime.”

Today’s older adults are living more independently than previous generations. Nearly 90% of older adults want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “Aging in Place.” While oral health across the lifespan has improved in the last half-century, it is still crucial to raise awareness and create good policy to ensure that older Americans have the opportunity to live healthy, independently, and in their homes.

For more information about Oral Health America’s advocacy efforts, please visit


Daily Dental Tip: Reminder – Know when to ditch your brush

30 Jul

old toothbrush

How old is your toothbrush? The ADA suggests you get a new brush every 3 or 4 months. You can also look at the bristles. Once the bristles lose their normal flexibility and start to break apart, change your toothbrush. Frayed or broken bristles won’t clean your teeth as well. If you can’t decide which toothbrush to buy, ask your dentist which kind is best.

@myUND scientists awarded $2M to research #oralhealth

30 Jul


The National Institutes of Health has granted more than $2 million to biomedical scientists Brij Singh and Bibhuti Mishra at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences to fund their research in improving oral health.

For more 15 years, the NIH has funded the work of Singh, whose research focuses on how a single gene may impact dry mouth, which may increase the risk of developing oral diseases.

Daily Dental Tip: Keep Your Brush Clean

29 Jul


Do you always rinse your brush? You should. Germs from your mouth and teeth can stay on it if you don’t. It will also get rid of leftover toothpaste that can harden bristles.You shouldn’t use a disinfectant to cleanse your toothbrush. Just rinse it and let it air dry. Don’t put it in a case where it will stay damp for a long time.

Daily Dental Tip: Avoid ‘Potty’ Mouth

22 Jul


Most of us store our brushes in the bathroom — not the cleanest place in the house. To keep yours tidy, stand it up in a holder. If you leave it on the counter, you could expose it to germs from your toilet or sink. Don’t let brushes touch each other if they’re stored together. Let it air dry — a moist brush is more likely to grow bacteria. Use a cover that lets air in when you travel.

#Florida college to offer Community Dental Health Coordinator program (via @dentistryiq)

22 Jul


Mattia College in Miami, Florida is offering a new certificate program aiming to improve access to dental care for people who need it most.

The college started classes for its Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program, initiated by the American Dental Association (ADA), on July 20. The first entering class is limited to registered dental hygienists and dental assistants with expanded duties.

CDHCs play a vital role in improving access to dental care in underserved communities by providing dental health education and basic preventive services, and by helping patients navigate the public health system to receive care from dentists. They help people bridge such barriers as poverty, geography, language, culture, and a lack of understanding of oral hygiene.

“We’re delighted to see a CDHC program opening in Florida,” said ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg. “Community colleges across the country are recognizing this curriculum as both a great career path for students and new way to help their communities.”

CDHC students will learn interviewing skills, dental health teaching and learning skills, screening, and classification, before entering internships with dentists in Florida communities.

“This program undoubtedly will be an asset to dentists throughout the state,” said Drew Eason, executive director of the Florida Dental Association. “We are certain that through the efforts of this first class of CDHCs, more Floridians will be able to enjoy the good oral health that they deserve.”

The initial ADA CDHC pilot project graduated 34 CDHCs. Pilot project graduates have brought their skills to such underserved communities as inner cities, remote rural areas and Native American communities in more than eight states. Mattia College is the second higher education institution to implement a CDHC curriculum following the completion of the ADA’s pilot program in Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona. Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque was the first college to offer the certificate program.

The ADA is working to help schools in Illinois, Virginia, and other states integrate the model into their curriculums.