Medicare eligibility comes with increase in tooth loss, Harvard study reveals
Feb 10, 2023
When patients become eligible for Medicare coverage, restorative dental care immediately falls and tooth loss increases, a new study from Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found.
Nursing homes finally seeing benefits of Medicare Advantage supplemental services
Jan 30, 2023
Supplemental benefits designed to address seniors’ health and well-being have long targeted community-dwelling beneficiaries. They have grown from simple dental and vision add-ons to a wide swath of...
Tooth survival after root canal varies widely across U.S. regions
Alicia Lasek (f3)
May 18, 2022
Tooth longevity ranges from about nine to 20 years after a root canal, depending in part on where one lives, a new study has found.
Influential group resists Medicare dental coverage
Sep 28, 2021
A proposal to expand Medicare benefits tucked into a $3.5 trillion Democratic budget proposal is facing pushback from the American Dental Association.
Clinical briefs for Friday, June 4
Jun 04, 2021
Dental prostheses reduce weight loss risk by 37% in elders with tooth loss … Exercise helps lower dementia risk, even for those with family history: study … Infections may inflame brain, cause memory...
CMS: A quarter of Medicare recipients skipped needed healthcare during pandemic
Oct 21, 2020
Fully 21% of beneficiaries have forgone needed healthcare for something other than COVID-19. Nearly half say they did not want to risk being at a medical facility, according to CMS.
Clinical briefs for Friday, Sept. 18
Sep 18, 2020
Nursing home commission makes 27 recommendations, calls for ‘greater leadership role’ from CMS … Heparin nasal spray to be tested as COVID prevention … One in 10 older dental patients prescribed...
Non-traumatic tooth loss linked to heart disease
Oct 06, 2019
Caregivers should be aware that adults who have lost teeth in non-traumatic ways may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dental visits often decline as people get older, study finds
Jul 25, 2019
Once a person reaches 80 years of age, the frequency of visits to the dentist declines. Researchers want to find out why.
3-D technology may hasten denture sizing for residents
Sep 04, 2015
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.