Expanding Medicaid dental coverage means finding more dentists to handle the work

Feb 28, 2022
Dental schools may need to train more students to keep up with demand in Tennessee.
At a free dental clinic day put on by Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Dr. Ratrice Jackson drills out a cavity. Hundreds lined up to get treatment at this event in 2018 since Tennessee does not provide dental coverage to most adult Medicaid patients.
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Months into the pandemic, dentists are finding their new normal

Sep 15, 2020
Patient loads are still down. And the cost of PPE is way up.
Dentists in protective gear treat a patient.
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Dentists are feeling financial pain after reopening

Jun 30, 2020
After months without income, they're seeing fewer patients and spending more on protective equipment.
Dentists perform a procedure on a patient in London in May. Dental offices are spending tens of thousands on extra personal protective gear during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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CVS tries to gain customers ... with smiles

Apr 25, 2019
CVS and SmileDirectClub have a lot to gain from partnering.
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The wisdom of getting your wisdom teeth removed

Sep 20, 2016
Ten million wisdom teeth are extracted annually — do they really need to come out?
In the U.S., 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted every year.
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Why Native Americans want a new form of dental care

Feb 18, 2016
Tribes are turning to dental therapists to combat widespread tooth decay
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A push to improve access to dental care

Oct 14, 2015
'Dental therapists' would have duties somewhere between dentists and hygienists.

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Tooth fairies reimburse an average of $4 per tooth

Feb 23, 2015
Not even the tooth fairy can escape inflation

The new dentist's office: aromatherapy, puppies, and Botox

Oct 29, 2013
Dental spas find there’s money to be made offering a less stressful experience while you get work done on your teeth.

Open up and say ... You hate my job

Sep 19, 2013
One of the jobs that never gets any love: Dentistry.