Dentist

Pennsylvania Dental Association Responds to Revised DOH Guidelines

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:47pm

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- After consultation with leaders in organized dentistry, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has released updated guidelines for dental practices in Pennsylvania.

Key Points: 
  • HARRISBURG, Pa., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- After consultation with leaders in organized dentistry, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has released updated guidelines for dental practices in Pennsylvania.
  • The newly released document ( REVISED Guidance on COVID-19 for Dental Health Care Personnel in Pennsylvania ) replaces the Guidance on COVID-19 for Dental Health Care Personnel in Pennsylvania issued on March 22, and these updated guidelines are effective immediately.
  • Founded in 1868, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) is comprised of approximately 5,200 member dentists.
  • It is a constituency of the American Dental Association (ADA), the largest and oldest national dental society in the world.

Dentists Remain Available for Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:12pm

"Severe pain, bleeding or swelling should be taken seriously at all times, even now when most dental offices are closed for routine care.

Key Points: 
  • "Severe pain, bleeding or swelling should be taken seriously at all times, even now when most dental offices are closed for routine care.
  • Minnesota's dentists remain available for patients during this public health crisis and have instituted additional measures and protocols to provide emergency care."
  • If you need emergency dental treatment, contact a dental office first they stand ready to help.
  • The Minnesota Dental Association is a part of the American Dental Association, the nation's largest dental association, representing 158,000 dentist members.

New Telehealth Dentistry Service Brings Access to Critical Oral Care Home

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:15pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, individuals are being asked to stay at home, and dental offices worldwide are closing their doors to all but emergency procedures.

Key Points: 
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, individuals are being asked to stay at home, and dental offices worldwide are closing their doors to all but emergency procedures.
  • Virtual Dental Consultations bring dental visits typically performed at a dentist's office directly to the patient in a digital format.
  • A Virtudent dentist will answer questions, assess the situation, provide recommendations and advice and refer to a specialty provider for additional care if needed.
  • Their business model brings together experienced dentists, highly-trained hygienists and a proprietary portable dental system in a convenient setting to address often overlooked oral health.

byte Shares Their Nationwide Teledentisty Network to Support the COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 9:00am

Tele-dentistry uses electronic information, imaging and communication technologies to provide support and dental careincluding diagnosis, consultation, treatment and educationremotely.

Key Points: 
  • Tele-dentistry uses electronic information, imaging and communication technologies to provide support and dental careincluding diagnosis, consultation, treatment and educationremotely.
  • Through this new initiative, byte will provide free access to anyone in the United States via its 160+ nationwide network of licensed dentists and orthodontists whether or not the person is an existing byte customer.
  • We have an incredible network of dentists and orthodontists across the U.S., and we want to support our communities in this time of need.
  • Headquartered in Los Angeles, bytes nationwide network of licensed orthodontists and dentists prescribe and oversee every treatment plan.

LIBERTY Dental Plan Announces Expanded Teledentistry for Nevada Medicaid Dental Recipients to Help With Emergency Oral Health Needs

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 11:46pm

To all State of Nevada Medicaid Dental recipients:

Key Points: 
  • To all State of Nevada Medicaid Dental recipients:
    LIBERTY Dental Plan will assist you with your emergency dental needs.
  • To better serve Nevadans who are experiencing dental pain or a potential dental emergency, LIBERTY announces the expansion of our Teledentistry Program to include all Nevada Medicaid Dental recipients across the State.
  • Serving as an oral healthcare resource during this crisis, LIBERTY will assist recipients throughout the entire State with their emergency dental needs.
  • Any member experiencing dental pain or a potential dental emergency should:
    Start by contacting your dental provider for local assistance and treatment.

American Association of Endodontists Provides Considerations for Dental and Endodontic Care Amid COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 9:46pm

CHICAGO, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The AAE announced several recommended considerations to its 8,000-plus endodontist and dentist members amid COVID-19.

Key Points: 
  • CHICAGO, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The AAE announced several recommended considerations to its 8,000-plus endodontist and dentist members amid COVID-19.
  • The announcement came at a time when other dental organizations revealed similar recommendations regarding dental care and emergency vs. non-emergency treatment.
  • Examples of urgent conditions requiring oral health care may include severe dental pain, abscess with lymphadenopathy, or a dental infection-related fever.
  • If pharmacotherapy is insufficient, the recent review co-authored by Dr. Ken M. Hargreaves summarizes considerations for appropriate dental care.

Shoreline Periodontics Hosts Hygiene Study Club Educating on Gum Disease in New London, CT

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:20pm

Gregory Toback and Marianne Urbanski of Shoreline Periodontics, hosted the most recent Hygiene Study Club, "Hands-On Instrument Sharpening," featuring guest speaker, Dr. Rui Ma.

Key Points: 
  • Gregory Toback and Marianne Urbanski of Shoreline Periodontics, hosted the most recent Hygiene Study Club, "Hands-On Instrument Sharpening," featuring guest speaker, Dr. Rui Ma.
  • "We have found that after gum disease treatment, when a patient has a healthy mouth, they often feel healthier overall."
  • The Hygiene Study Club course, "Hands-On Instrument Sharpening," was dedicated to providing a deeper look at the treatment of gum disease for dentists, periodontists, and their staff.
  • Those in need of treatment for gum disease in New London, CT or Westerly, RI are encouraged to contact Shoreline Periodontics.

Georgia Dental Association Calls Upon Dentists To Postpone Elective Procedures

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 3:04pm

ATLANTA, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) Board of Trustees advised dentists in Georgia on Tuesday to follow the recommendations provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the American Dental Association to postpone elective dental procedures amid growing concerns about COVID-19.

Key Points: 
  • ATLANTA, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) Board of Trustees advised dentists in Georgia on Tuesday to follow the recommendations provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the American Dental Association to postpone elective dental procedures amid growing concerns about COVID-19.
  • Dentists are asked to postpone elective surgery through the end of March as recommended by the CDC and the President's White House Coronavirus Task Force.
  • According to the association, emergency dental care may include:
    "Patients with emergency dental care concerns should contact their dentist for further evaluation," said GDA President Dr. Evis Babo.
  • The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is the state's leading professional association representing dentists in the state.

Teledentistry Embraced by American Association of Dental Boards in New Directive

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 8:15pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SmileDirectClub , the industry pioneer and first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for teeth straightening, reports that the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) has issued the first Telehealth Directive to its member dental boards touting the necessity for accessible care through teledentistry.

Key Points: 
  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SmileDirectClub , the industry pioneer and first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for teeth straightening, reports that the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) has issued the first Telehealth Directive to its member dental boards touting the necessity for accessible care through teledentistry.
  • In response, SmileDirectClub Chief Executive Officer David Katzman made the following statement:
    We are completely aligned with the American Association of Dental Boards aim to ensure people have access to care and applaud the organization for issuing a directive that clearly points to the importance of teledentistry for the industry at large.
  • We look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the AADB, State Dental Boards and Associations, as well as their members, across the country to further strengthen doctor-directed teledentistry and how it benefits both the patient and the provider.
  • Through our cutting-edge teledentistry technology and vertically integrated model, we are revolutionizing the oral care industry, from clear aligner therapy to our affordable, premium oral care product line.

Dentulu Teledentistry Helping In The Battle Against Coronavirus

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:17pm

Dentists are also encouraged to use Teledentistry to maintain continuity of care with patients if they are forced to close their offices.

Key Points: 
  • Dentists are also encouraged to use Teledentistry to maintain continuity of care with patients if they are forced to close their offices.
  • Dentulu provides a consumer intra-oral camera which can be sent home with patients or shipped to their homes allowing dentists to see inside the patient's mouth remotely without exposing their staff or the patient to the Coronavirus.
  • "We recommend patients continue to address infections and dental diseases as they may be weakening their immune systems leaving them more susceptible to Coronavirus," continues Dr. Hakhamian.
  • Dentists, hospitals, and medical doctors are all encouraged to download the Dentulu Teledentistry app on their mobile phones available on both iPhone and Android or by visiting www.dentulu.com where they can get up to date recommendations and updates on the Coronavirus and Dentistry.