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Permanent link  Survey: Affordability a key issue in patients lacking dental insurance


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In a newly released annual survey* on oral care access and affordability, 62 percent of the nationwide respondents were found to have dental insurance. 

Here are some key findings:

  • Respondents with dental insurance tend to be younger, married with children, have a Bachelor’s degree and make more than $50,000.
  • 75 percent of respondents with dental insurance make between $50,000 -$99,000 and 85 percent of those with incomes greater than $100,000. 
  • Only 39 percent of those making less than $25,000 have dental insurance. 

According to the respondents without dental insurance: 

  • 58 percent said it was not affordable
  • 21 percent said it was not offered through their employer
  • 15 percent said it was not necessary
  • Only 23 percent of respondents would seek out other low or no cost alternatives to dental insurance.

“If you are not receiving dental insurance as part of your employer’s benefits package, it is very likely you don’t have coverage,” says Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans. “The survey also revealed to us that only about 50 percent of respondents are somewhat or very familiar with dental savings plans. It also concerns us that 15 percent of the respondents did not feel dental insurance was worth it. For us, that means we need to do a better job of educating people about the importance of oral care to your overall health and the affordability and ease of access dental savings plans offer.”

*A national study was conducted for :DentalPlans between Jan. 1 and Jan. 7, 2015 by Infosurv Research, an independent research agency. A total of 1,200 respondents were surveyed, yielding data with a margin of error of +/- 2.83%.


Permanent link  Natural plant chemicals could help fight tooth decay, study shows


Oral care products containing a natural chemical that stops bacteria could help prevent decay, according to a study published in the journal Chemical Communications.

The compound – known as trans-chalcone – is related to chemicals found in the licorice root. The natural plant product acts against harmful mouth bacteria and could improve oral health by helping to prevent the build-up of plaque, researchers at the University of Edinburgh say. The study shows that the compound blocks the action of a key enzyme that allows bacteria to thrive in oral cavities. 

The bacteria – Streptococcus mutans – metabolise sugars from food and drink, which produces a mild acid and leads to the formation of plaque. Plaque is formed when bacteria attach to teeth and construct biofilm –  a protective biological layer. Without good dental hygiene, the combination of plaque and mouth acid can lead to tooth decay. 

Researchers found that blocking the activity of the enzyme prevents bacteria from forming biofilm. Preventing the assembly of these protective layers would help stop bacteria forming plaque, according to the study.

The study is the first to show how trans-chalcone prevents bacteria forming biofilms. The team worked out the 3D structure of the enzyme – called Sortase A – which allows the bacteria to make biofilms. Researchers were then able to identify how trans-chalcone prevents the enzyme from functioning. 

The study was supported by Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and the University of Edinburgh.


Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting named one of Top 150 trade shows for 2014


Trade Show News Network (TSNN) has released its list of the 2014 Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States. Culled from show management and data supplied to TSNN, the list represents the top trade shows held last year in the U.S. ranked by net square footage.

2014 Trade Show News Network Top 250The Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting ranks 133rd, with 168,760 square feet, 637 exhibitors, and more than 21,000 attendees.

The full, searchable list, sponsored this year exclusively by Expocad, can be found here

Other dental meetings on the list include the Greater New York Dental Meeting (#146) and the Yankee Dental Congress (#191).

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG snagged the top spot with a 2,356,711 net square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Once again, the city with the most shows on the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list was Las Vegas, with 60. Orlando scored the second most number of shows on the list, with 26, followed close behind with Chicago hosting 24.

The rest of the top 10 cities included New York City coming in fourth, with 20 shows; Atlanta was fifth, 14 shows; New Orleans was sixth, 11 shows; San Francisco and Boston came in seventh, 8 shows; Denver and Anaheim were eighth, 6 shows; Indianapolis was ninth, 5 shows; and San Diego rounded out the top 10 with 4 shows.

The busiest month last year for shows was March and February was second busiest with 28 shows. The slowest months were December and July, with 9 shows each.


Permanent link  Register for the May 20 CDS Webinar on HIPAA


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Join us at noon Wednesday, May 20, on your lunch break for this hour-long presentation and Q&A session.

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Permanent link  Photos from the 150th Midwinter Meeting


Thank you 

for attending the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

View photos from our Midwinter Celebration at our microsite – A Day in the Life of CDS.