Oral health is key to Marin kids’ healthy start in school

By Mary Jane Burke andMatt Willis on December 23, 2019
When you think of a child missing school, you may not think of her oral health. But that is one of the most common reasons for missing school among elementary school children. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General calls dental disease the most common preventable chronic childhood disease. It...

ADA announces interim policy on vaping

By Jennifer Garvin on December 17, 2019
Dentists “must be prudent” in protecting patients from harmful products. That was the overall message American Dental Association President Chad P. Gehani imparted following the Dec. 16 announcement that the Association has adopted a new interim policy on vaping. The interim policy calls for a...

Dentists Loan Repayment/Practice Support Program

By Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH on December 02, 2019
The Budget Act of 2018 appropriates $220 million from Proposition 56 to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Senate Bill 849 (Chapter 47, Statutes of 2018) established the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program (LRP). The 2019 May Revise appropriates...

Infants and Toddlers Eat Too Much Sugar, Researchers Say

By Laura M. Holson on November 21, 2019
Using C.D.C. data, researchers found that 98 percent of toddlers and 60 percent of infants consumed added sugar in sweetened drinks, baked goods and snacks.

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...