Dental Dreams office manager Natasha Summers of our Reading, PA office visited Reading Hospital recently to discuss the importance of dental care during pregnancy. Approximately 20 expectant mothers attended. Natasha will continue to work with the hospital to dispense this important information.
As we always say: It makes our day when a patient is happy. Recently in the Rockford, IL area, a patient was so happy with the work of Dr. Zehra Ali at our Machesney Park office, she wrote the following letter:
Re: Dr. Ali
I would like to take the time to compliment a dentist at Dental Dreams. My dentist is Dr. Ali. I am so grateful for Dr. Ali.
Dr. Ali is extremely detail oriented and an excellent dentist.She is very professional yet very friendly at the same time. She always expresses concern and asks if I am doing okay during the visit. She is very timely and gives explanations of the work she is doing. She has had a different dental assistant as she does my dental work and she is very kind and helpful to the assistants. She does not waste any time during her procedures and yet does everything accurately and in a friendly manner. I have much respect for the person she is and the job she does.
I am so appreciative that I wanted to take the time to let Dental Dreams know what an excellent job she does! Please in some way acknowledge her professional and excellent service.
I thank you in advance,
Lisa XXXX Loves Park, IL
Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to brighten our day!
A happy patient in our Battle Creek, MI office expressed their sentiment with this kind gift — delivered to Brad McKeague of the office. We strive to make all our patients happy!
Pleased that our Studio Dental office on 4516 S. Damen in Chicago participated in a Back to School Health and Fun Fair at Davis Square Park a few days ago. Check out the great pictures!
Many Americans have trouble affording dental care. Depending on what type of insurance they have or what state they live in, low to middle income people feel they have to go without dental care altogether.
If a person has private dental insurance, many patients have a difficult time paying their share. Medicaid patients have a hard time finding dentists who will take their insurance, according to Pew.
Another barrier to dental care for low-income adults is the relatively low reimbursement rates offered by state Medicaid programs. Extensive paperwork and oversight also limit the number of dentists willing to take Medicaid patients. (The ACA calls for even more intensive oversight and audits.) The result is poor access to preventive care for low-income people on Medicaid in much of the country, ultimately resulting in higher overall costs.
At least state laws require Medicaid and private dental insurers to provide coverage for children. Most states however, leave adults to fend for themselves. California, Virginia, South Carolina and Indiana are extending some additional dental coverage for adults.
Dental coverage through Medicaid has a poor history at best. Medicaid dental coverage is not the only coverage that is struggling to keep Americans healthy, Pew opines.
The problem is not limited to Medicaid. Most employer-sponsored insurance pays for only a portion of the cost of an annual checkup and a few fillings. For moderate-income people who need more extensive restorative work, out-of-pocket expenses can be unaffordable. In a recent survey, nearly four out of 10 respondents said they or a family member had put off seeing a dentist because of concerns about out-of-pocket expenses.
If people have dental problems without proper coverage they tend to delay dental card until it becomes an emergency. Once it is an emergency they go to the emergency room. Most ERs aren’t properly equipped to treat dental emergencies so they just treat the pain without treating what caused the pain. The end result is the patients problem still exists while costing them more money.
The struggle for states to provide adequate adult dental care rolls on. Some states are starting to “get it” and realize it costs them more if patients use emergency rooms for dental care. Some insurances are starting to include dental care in their lower priced packages. Other states are expanding coverages to some adult dental care.
Until people can afford preventative dental care, the problem of getting people proper care will continue.