Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has named oral health a top priority for residents of the state by signing a bill that expands Medicaid to cover basic dental care for the poor.
According to a podcast on Colorado Public Radio conducted by Ryan Warner, this reflects a growing recognition that oral health is not separate from health in the rest of the body. During the podcast, Warner introduces Kate Paul, president and CEO of Delta Dental. Paul consulted with the governor and lawmakers on the Medicaid expansion.
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. For 75 years, concerned health professionals and organizations have highlighted the importance of our two main forms of interpersonal communication—and the problems that can result when things go wrong with them. In fact, Helen Keller noted that her lack of speech and hearing was more troubling than blindness, because blindness separated her from things, while speech and hearing impairments separated her from people. It’s a sobering thought.
In the month of May, every year since 1963, folks all over the country have taken the time to recognize the contributions older adults make to our society. So, if you were born in the first year that Older Americans Month was celebrated, you’d now be entering your sixth decade—old enough to start thinking about how to maintain the appearance and the function of your teeth for the rest of your life.
Every year you probably tell yourself you’re going to save your tax refund. Maybe for that long overdue vacation or a down payment on that new car you’ve been eying. Or maybe just for a rainy day. According to a CNN Money article, Americans spent their 2011 refund return on five major areas – paying down debt, savings, everyday expenses, major purchases and vacations.
At a typical ClearChoice dental implant center, you’ll find just two types of doctors: prosthodontists and oral surgeons. Both are highly trained specialists who have devoted several extra years (beyond the standard four years of dental school, which all dentists complete) to become qualified in their fields of study.
Online dating continues to surge as a way to meet new people or potential mates. Adults ages 50 to 65 make up one quarter of all match.com members, according to an article on money.usnews.com. That’s just one of many online dating services. But if you’re missing teeth, or if your dating profile is missing a photo, you may be missing out on love.
Sometimes, even a well-meaning person will get a fact wrong. That’s a misunderstanding. When they tell someone else, it’s a bit of misinformation. Repeat it often enough and it becomes a myth. Dental implants, like many other things, have accumulated a small body of myths around them. Let’s try and clear up a few of those myths right now.
Easter is over but are you now thinking about all the ramifications of those Peeps and jelly beans you’ve eaten? The Easter Bunny has a way of just dropping off those sugary baskets and hopping away. But it isn’t just your waistline that might be paying for all that yummy candy and chocolate you’ve consumed. Your teeth might be suffering, too.
According to the ancient Roman calendar, March was the first month of the year. Today, we no longer celebrate New Year’s Day in March – but it may be time to make some resolutions anyway. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has declared March National Nutrition Month, and they’re putting the focus on helping you make better food choices and achieve a healthier lifestyle. So what does all this have to do with your teeth?
*Qualified patients can have their procedure in one day after initial work up without additional bone graft surgery. Results may vary in individual cases.
*ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers are locally owned and operated by licensed local dentists, and are part of a professional affiliation of implant practices operated by oral surgeons, prosthodontists and restorative dentists across the U.S. America’s #1 Choice determined by an Independent Patient Survey 2011 +Limited services available at satellite offices.