:DentalPlans Weekly Dental and Healthcare News Roundup


Coming Soon To a TV Screen Near You

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® will feature :DentalPlans’ own vice-president of marketing, Bill Chase, on Saturday, October 24 at 3 PM EST and Sunday, October 25 at 5:30 EST. You can catch the show on FOX Business as sponsored programming.

Worldwide Business provides viewers with in-depth commentary from top business leaders across the globe, aimed at finding solutions to industry problems. Bill’s segment focuses on the vital importance of dental care, the problems many people have in accessing that care, and new alternatives that make quality care more affordable.

“We need to stop treating dental care as a luxury option and bring it right into the mainstream healthcare system where it belongs,” says Bill. “Dental health is critical to a person’s overall health, happiness, and success – we need that fact to be reflected in this country’s medical healthcare systems.”

For a chance to win a free dental savings plan for you or your small business, visit us here.

Talk To Your Dentist About Drugs

Death from drug overdose has now surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of death for people under 50.

In an effort to further address the nation’s opiate addiction crisis, The Dr. Oz Show, jointly with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Dental Association, will issue a wallet size card containing five crucial questions people should ask if they are prescribed an opiate pain killer.

There are currently 1.9 million people in America addicted to prescription opiates, and research suggests four out of five heroin addicts began their addiction with a prescription opiate.

“We need to change the way we think about opiate prescriptions and we need everyone to do their part in managing the risk with these powerful medicines,” said Dr. Oz, in a statement. “The reality is that many doctors who prescribe opiates for sound medical reasons, myself included, do not have the extensive training on proper patient screening and risk management.”

Opiate prescriptions are a group of medications that historically have been used in medicine to successfully treat pain for over 150 years. They include major analgesics such as morphine and fentanyl. Oral medications containing oxycodone and hydrocodone are often prescribed to treat acute pain and post dental procedure pain and are very effective.

However, without a proper screening discussion of a patient’s personal and family history as well a comprehensive warning about the risks of opiate medication, adverse reactions like acute addiction and accidental overdose are common.

The wallet card with the five questions can be found at the ADA web site Healthy Mouth.


Hello, I’m Sick, And I’ll Be Your Waiter Tonight

More than half of workers in the food industry, “always” or “frequently” go to work when they’re sick, according to findings from a recent study. Another 38% admitted that they “sometimes” go to work sick.

It’s safe to guess that everyone has gone to work sick at one time or another. But, as an NPR show on the study pointed out, “the vast majority of reported cases of norovirus — the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks and illnesses across the country — have been linked to infected food industry workers.”

Nine out of ten workers polled in the new survey also said they feel responsible for the safety and well-being of their customers. So why go in to work when you’re sick? 45% said it’s because they “can’t afford to lose pay.” About 46% said they do it because they “don’t want to let co-workers down.”

The study was commissioned by Alchemy, a firm that works with companies across the food chain to improve safety and productivity.


Open Up And Say Ahhh! 


Say Ahh! A Film about Fighting the World’s Largest Cavity is the world’s first documentary on oral health. The film follows the true stories of six families as they discover the real-life impact that their oral health is having on their lives.

Say Ahh! is an attempt to raise awareness within the medical community and the general public regarding the link between oral health and overall health. The cavity mentioned in the film’s title refers to a huge hole in our national healthcare system.

The film’s synopsis notes: “Say Ahh! presents the story that the answer to our health problems is right under our noses, right inside our mouths. It showcases the unsung heroes of our medical industry: our dentists and dental teams. Say Ahh! looks to serve as the connective tissue between dental health and overall physical health. This documentary illustrates how, by taking a proactive approach to health care, we can arrest the decline in our health, saving billions of dollars and millions of lives.”

The film was released last year, and is being screened in New York City this month, during the first annual Oral-Systemic Health Awareness Week. The screening is open only to students, faculty and administrators of the NYU nursing, dental and medical communities, the event will provide 1.5 hours of Continuing Education credits for nursing, dentists and hygienists.

If you want to sponsor a screening of the film for your community, get the details here.


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