Dental Care

3-D technology may hasten denture sizing for residents

3-D technology may hasten denture sizing for residents

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A new device that uses holography to scan the insides of patients' mouths decreases the time needed to measure for dentures from days down to mere minutes.

AMDA introduces oral health toolkit

AMDA introduces oral health toolkit

AMDA - Dedicated to Long Term Care has announced its Oral Health in the Long Term Care Setting Tool Kit.

Transcen-dental meditation

Transcen-dental meditation

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Some people do their best thinking during meditation or yoga. For others it's the shower, or while they're swimming from Cuba to Florida. Personally, some of my deepest, most insightful thoughts have occurred while my mouth is filled with fingers and dental tools.

Bill would increase dental services in nursing homes

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A bill introduced in both houses of Congress seeks to expand Medicare coverage for dental services and provide more oral care in long-term care facilities.

Vivacious smiles for seniors

Vivacious smiles for seniors

A lot of things happen when you turn 80: you're officially retired and the dream of competing in the Iron Man triathlon or climbing Mount Everest has faded. But, enjoying each and every meal, eating whatever you want, and smiling ear-to-ear is the one thing that doesn't have to end. Many of my older patients prioritize restoring their teeth as an absolute "must have" to increase their current life satisfaction.

Getting to the root of a dental care epidemic

Getting to the root of a dental care epidemic

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A friend who is a dentist used to regularly see residents at a nearby facility. There, he would examine patients and make arrangements for them to visit his dental office when necessary. But he stopped doing this about two years ago. Why? The hassle just wasn't worth it.

Senior dental care in facilities

Senior dental care in facilities

Many long-term care residents are not provided with acceptable dental care, as oral health is often low on staff's priority list. If more facilities focused on dental care, they would find that it is not an extreme burden to focus some efforts on simple oral hygiene.

Proposed legislation would expand dental care and services to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and providers

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Two lawmakers introduced sweeping legislation Thursday that would enable nursing homes and other health centers to offer dental care and insurance coverage to seniors, children and low-income individuals.