Stem Cells for Dentin, Bone and Salivary Regeneration

March 6, 2009

Are you interested in learning more about the use of stem cells for dental therapies?

Dentaltown, an ADA recognized continuing education provider, is offering  a self-instructional program titled “Stem Cells: Emerging Medical and Dental Therapies for the Dental Professional“.    There is no fee for the class and continuing education credits are available.

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Child and Adolescent Healthcare Quality and Healthcare Disparites Reports

November 14, 2008

The 2007 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report indicate disparities in oral health care quality, access, and utilization for children.

Since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced an annual National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report.  These studies are a “report card” on the Nation’s health.  Several measures featured in recent reports pertain to the oral health of children.

Key findings include:

  • The percentage of children ages 2-17 with a dental visit in the past year has increased and is now over 50 percent.
  • From 1999-2004, the proportion of children with untreated dental caries was higher for Blacks (24.4%) and Mexican Americans (31.2%) than for Whites (17%).
  • The percentage of children with a dental visit in the past year was lower for poor, near poor, and middle income children compared with high income children

The fact sheet, with links to the full report and detailed data tables may be viewed online.

Read recent articles, as indexed in PubMed.

Browse a list of internet resources pertaining to acess to oral health care.


Community Efforts to Expand Dental Services for Low-Income People

September 26, 2008

The Center for Studying Health System Change recently published an issue brief exploring the oral health of low-income people.  The brief identifies key barriers and attempts that are being made to provide dental services to these individuals.

The report includes sections on:

  • State Medicaid and SCHIP Policy Affects Dental Access
  • Significant Gaps in the Dental Safety Net
  • Community Efforts to Expand Dental Services
  • Implications

The authors conclude that low-income people will continue to lack access unless there is more involvement from the dental community and state and federal policy makers.

Read the full brief here.


Children’s Dental Health: New Pew Center Initiative

September 19, 2008

The Pew Center on the States is launching a major effort to improve access to dental care for disadvantaged children.  They are mounting a national campaign to raise awareness of the problem, recruit influential leaders to call for change, and showcase states that have made progress and can serve as models for reform.

For additional information see the fact sheet or visit the Pew site.


Kaiser Commission Releases New Reports on Dental Health Coverage and Access

July 30, 2008

At the July 25 Capitol Hill briefing, “Dental Health: Time to Address the Health Care System’s Neglected Stepchild?”, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released the following new reports and briefings:

  • Access to Affordable Dental Care: Gaps for Low-Income Adults
  • Filling an Urgent Need: Improving Children’s Access to Dental Care in Medicaid and SCHIP
  • Dental Coverage And Care For Low-Income Children:  The Role Of Medicaid And SCHIP

The reports, and a webcast of the briefing, may be found here.


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