Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Governor Signs Legislation (SB1393) to Fund Construction of New Dental Clinics
Senate Bill 1393 establishes a dental clinic grant program and procedures for communities to apply for funding of public infrastructure grants to improve access to dental care for low income residents. Additionally, $2 million to fund construction of dental clinics was included in the Capital Bill that became law on July 13, 2009. The coalition estimates that $2 million will be enough to open 10 dental clinics which will serve over 35,000 additional patients. These dental clinics bring us a step closer to closing the access to care gap. We will continue our efforts to raise reimbursement funding rates and to improve access to oral health care throughout the state during the October Veto Session."
"The New York Dental Society, a professional association, sued the state in February, saying that the state-run Medicaid program reimbursed dentists at rates so low that most refused to treat Medicaid patients. Of New York's 17,000 dentists, fewer than 1,200 handed in Medicaid claims in 1997, according to the State Health Department."
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Water Status: Never fluoridated
2008 Population: 550,396 (US Census Bureau Pop. Fact Finder)
Number of Dentists: 629 (AnyWho Yellow Pages, current listing)
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
Water Status: Fluoridated since 1945 (first in US and world)
2008 Population: 193,627 (US Census Bureau Pop. Fact Finder)
Number of Dentists: 924 (AnyWho Yellow Pages, current listing)
Q: Why does Grand Rapids need so many dentists?"
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Abbotsford dentist Christy Rens volunteers to help deliver free dental care to patients | marshfieldnewsherald.com | Marshfield News-Herald
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
MediLexicon News - University Of Maryland Dental School Helps Doctors, Nurses Halt Infant Tooth Decay
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
"The dental profession in Connecticut is healthy, as there is ample workforce to treat those who seek care. The concern of dentists retiring due to the baby boom bubble has probably been put on hold with the decline in the economy. In addition, dentists are staying healthier longer and want to continue to contribute to the healthcare of the citizens of Connecticut. The studies we have seen show this trend will continue and there should be no dental workforce shortage in Connecticut for the foreseeable future."
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Sen. Bernard Sanders announced Wednesday that $95,351 is coming to Rutland to expand a federally funded dental clinic that last year received almost 5,000 visits from 1,013 patients in the region — 90 percent of whom were on Medicaid or uninsured.
"The lack of dental care in this country is a huge problem," Sanders said. "That's one reason why I pushed so hard for this money."
For those who use the clinic, the expansion should translate into more timely appointments. Presently, there is a 4-1/2-month waiting list for the popular clinic, Whitmer said.
"As great as the need is for medical service, the need for dental care is dire," Whitmer said commenting on a dentist shortage seen nationwide.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"'I know the need for dental care is great, so now I'm working here.'Even with the new MLK Center clinic, Erie County has a critical need for dentists and oral surgeons who accept Medicaid patients. Many of them must wait six months or longer to see a dentist, and travel to Pittsburgh to have a tooth pulled.The federal government estimated that the county needs an additional 12 full-time dental providers to meet demand."