San Bernardino County plan aims to get more residents into the dentist’s chair

By Sandra Emerson on October 22, 2019
San Bernardino County residents are falling behind when it comes to their dental health.

America’s Oral Health: An Emerging Crisis

By DentaQuest on September 27, 2019
A live panel presented by DentaQuest in partnership with POLITICO was held on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 to help educate staff without a dental background about the national issues surrounding access to dental care and promote a recent study called Reversible Decay: Oral Health is a Public...

$300K opportunity for dentists who relocate, commit to Medi-Cal

By California Dental Association (CDA) on September 26, 2019
CalHealthCares will accept practice support grant applications in the new year California dentists who are willing to relocate, expand or establish a new practice to an area of highest patient need and commit to serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries for at least 10 years can apply in January 2020 to...

Sonoma County Leaders in Action: Equity and Oral Health

September 26, 2019
The Leaders in Action: Equity and Oral Health Conference on September 20, 2019 brought together local and regional champions that presented methods to address social determinants of oral health in order to promote equity in communities, schools, and clinics.    Please click on the link below for...

Healthy smiles: Linking mouth and body

By Katelynn Peirce on September 06, 2019
Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children? The link between oral health and overall health is often overlooked. People generally think of their teeth from a visual standpoint and do not consider the relationship between the health of their mouths and their...

Dental disease in children a huge burden for Stanislaus County kids – is help on way?

By Chrisanna Mink on July 29, 2019
On Wednesday, 8-year-old Evelin Cobarrubias from Modesto went for her six-month dental checkup at Golden Valley Health Center’s dental clinic at Hanshaw Middle School. Good news — no new cavities! Evelin’s smile beamed with the news — just six months ago she needed oral surgery to remove a...

Something to Chew On: Highlights of Findings from an AARP Oral Health Survey of Older Americans

By Lynda Flowers, Olivia Dean, Teresa Keenan on July 16, 2019
Oral health conditions—like untreated cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss—are not inevitable consequences of aging. Access to adequate dental care among older adults can prevent or delay these problems and may lead to overall improvements in health and well-being among seniors.

Saving the Teeth of Patients With Special Needs

By Catherine Saint Louis on July 16, 2019
A new dental center is built to welcome patients with special needs and those in wheelchairs, who often run into obstacles elsewhere. Cheryl Closs, a mother of four from West Islip, N.Y., wanted to save her daughter Bella’s two front teeth. They were badly decayed, and one dentist wanted to just...

Don't rinse after brushing and other tips for better dental health

By Clement Seeballuck and Nicola Innes on July 16, 2019
We all know the advice for healthy teeth -- brush twice daily and don't eat too much sugar. So why do those of us following these instructions find we sometimes need a filling when we visit the dentist? The truth is, there's a little more to preventing tooth decay than these guidelines suggest....

California to pay off $10.5M in student debt – giving poor patients greater access to dentists

By Cather Anderson on July 15, 2019
The state of California is paying off $10.5 million in student loans for 40 dentists who agree to ensure that 30 percent of their patient caseload is made up of Medi-Cal patients – among the state’s poorest and frailest residents.