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  1. 4 tips to get patients back to the dentist amid the pandemic, per CDA

    Dental practices can reassure hesitant patients and increase patient comfort levels during the era of COVID-19, according to the California Dental Association.
  2. New Louisiana laws ban third-party downcoding, coverage denial for preexisting conditions

    The Louisiana legislature recently passed two laws going into effect Aug. 1, prohibiting both downcoding by third-party payers and denying dental coverage to patients with preexisting conditions.
  3. North Carolina dental school gets $3.1 million grant to better care for patients with disabilities

    Greenville, N.C.-based East Carolina University received a $3.1 million grant to further care for patients with disabilities, according to WITN-TV.

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  1. Dental professionals have higher COVID-19 risk than patients

    Dentists and hygienists have a higher risk of getting sick than patients, since they are on the receiving end of any aerosol droplets potentially containing the virus, some health specialists told The New York Times.
  2. UnitedHealthcare Dental launches new teledentistry platform

    UnitedHealthcare Dental is rolling out a new teledentistry platform to help dentists provide virtual care amid the pandemic and reduce preventable emergency room visits.
  3. Delta Dental offers temporary supplemental reimbursement to California members

    Delta Dental of California sent a letter to its in-network dentists offering $10-per-visit reimbursements to offset the financial losses they are facing amid the pandemic.
  4. Stress from COVID-19 leading to rise in teeth grinding, 2 New York dentists say

    Stress related to the pandemic has led to a rise in teeth grinding and migraines for some New York residents, consequently increasing dental visits, WKBW reports.

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  1. States ranked by confirmed COVID-19 cases — June 25

    New York still has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases of all U.S. states, while Montana has the least, according to The Washington Post.
  2. UConn dental faculty use $1.3M grant to boost diversity in dental workforce

    Mansfield-based University of Connecticut's dental school, along with 11 other schools, are using a $1.3 million grant to develop a national mentoring network and support a diverse dental, oral and craniofacial workforce, UConn Today reports.
  3. 9 in 10 dentists experiencing significant patient volume decrease, survey finds

    Ninety percent of dentists are experiencing noticeable plunges in patient volume, according to survey results from insurer DentaQuest.
  4. Virginia Dental Association updates COVID-19 guidelines

    The Virginia Dental Association revised its treatment guidelines to help ensure patient and staff safety during the pandemic, according to WSET.

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  1. Dentists aren't regularly checked for COVID-19, North Carolina dentist says

    Dentists nationwide are taking precautions to make sure their practices are operating safely during the pandemic, but they are not being consistently tested for COVID-19, according to Asheville, N.C., ABC affiliate WLOS.
  2. 6 staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Georgia dental school

    Six staff members at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University have tested positive for COVID-19, university officials confirmed with Fox's WFXG.
  3. Only half of dentists being paid in full, ADA poll finds

    Patient volume in dental practices reached 65 percent of pre-pandemic levels during the week of June 15, according to the latest survey round from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.
  4. NYU dental school snags $2M federal grant to improve care for patients with disabilities

    The Health Resources and Services Administration has granted the NYU College of Dentistry nearly $2 million to train dentists on providing care for patients with disabilities.
  5. Kansas dental practice offers scholarships to youth leadership program

    Salina, Kan.-based New Horizons Dental Care is encouraging local high school and college students to apply for a scholarship to the Leadership and Educational Advancement Program Week, according to KSAL.
  6. 'Oral health is essential for good overall health': Nevada Dental Association encourages patients to return

    Mark Funke, DDS, president of the Nevada Dental Association, is assuring Nevadans it is safe to visit the dentist during the pandemic, according to an opinion column he wrote for the Reno Gazette Journal.
  7. 10 states with the most, fewest COVID-19 restrictions

    New Mexico is the state with the most COVID-19 restrictions, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
  8. Delta Dental donated $76.3M to oral health last year

    Delta Dental donated more than $76.3 million in 2019, affecting more than 12.8 million people and funding over 1,700 programs, according to the Delta Dental Institute's first community impact report.
  9. Pennsylvania dental clinic launches pre-appointment COVID-19 testing program

    New Castle, Pa.-based Refresh Dental is requiring all patients scheduled for an appointment to undergo a COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody test before receiving care.

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