Dental Care In The United States

dental care in the united statesDavid Heitz from share his opinion on the sorry state of dental care in the United States. Even now, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place, more than 100 million Americans still do not have dental insurance.

The idea of the ACA was to provide coverage for preventative care to help improve overall health, and to take care of small problems before they become big, expensive ones.  But even with this new emphasis on preventative medicine, dental care continues to take a back seat.

Also, now that we now that we are constantly hearing more and more that the mouth is the gateway to overall health, it would seem that dental care would be the most important aspect of health.

Read David Heitz’s full article here and learn more about how dental care can be improved.

The Sorry State of Dental Care in the United States.

Patient Engagement

Have you noticed that when you visit the doctor now, everything is done electronically.  Doctors don’t walk in with paper charts, b16598927-doctor-and-child-pediatrician-listening-to-the-child-s-heart-isolated-on-white-backgroundut instead a laptop with all your health information. This is all part of the Affordable Care Act which is in place now.  It also calls for more patient engagement in the medical field.

Many hospitals and doctor’s offices are turning to a team based approach that highlights patient contact and patient decision making. Most providers now use electronic health records and have patient portals so that patients can communicate electronically about their care.  Hospitals and clinics provide patients with their own information electronically as well as educational resources to help them treat and prevent their symptoms.

Patents should be engaged at every step of their care.  They should be part of every decision that is made with their health. This is especially true for patients with chronic conditions who need a lot of follow up care.  Healthy patients should be engaged with wellness programs to help keep them out of hospitals if possible.

Because patients are able to access their health information through a patient portal, they can be more involved and ask questions without even seeing the doctor.  Patient engagement is a big step for the medical world and should help most people save money that they would otherwise be spending on health care.

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Affordable Care Act and Dental Health

29625285-stethoscope-with-symbol-of-medicine-caduceus-3dThe Affordable Care Act has been in full effect for months now and still people are experiencing the affects of it.  One area that it seems to affect less than other areas of health care is dentistry.

More children are now covered for dental care as of January 1, 2014.  Pediatric oral health services are included in the new policies.  Around 800,000 adults were expected to gain extensive coverage through health insurance. Seniors likely saw the smallest increase in benefits.

Preventative dentistry is still the best way to minimize dental and oral issues. This includes brushing and flossing daily, eating healthy and decreasing sugar intake and also using fluoride.

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