We were pleased to provide outreach today to kindergarten classes at the Carney Academy Elementary School in New Bedford, MA. Check out the photos from our day!
The New York Times had a solid story on the problems associated with dental inequality.
Not being able to see a dentist is related to a range of health problems. Periodontal disease (gum infection) is associated with an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. In part, this reflects how people with oral health problems tend to be less healthy in other ways; diabetes and smoking, for instance, increase the chances of cardiovascular problems and endanger mouth health.
Although states offers dental care for children, when it comes to adults it is a different story.
As of January 2018, only 17 state Medicaid programs offered comprehensive adult dental benefits, and only 14 of those did so for the population eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. More typically, states offer only limited dental benefits or none.
As the article points out, we have a long way to go in America to get everyone the quality dental care they deserve.
Dental Dreams patients in our York, PA office recently enjoyed getting their faces painted as part of a Halloween tradition for patients and staff.
One of our dentists recently was married and the union was featured in the New York Times.
Dr. Chad Micheal Jones of one of our Washington, D.C. offices was married June 3 at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington. He married Shivonne Monae Foster, an account director for a public relations firm.
Here is the full announcement.
Congratulations, Dr. Jones and your new bride!
Dental Dreams has hired a noted dental leader, mentor and coach to continue its trademark commitment to provide quality care to its patients.
Khurram Hussain, CEO, has named Steven Fink, DMD, as VP of Clinical Support. Visiting our offices nationwide, Dr. Fink will continue to foster our emphasis on quality care by our dentists.
“We believe Dr. Fink will prove to be a valuable mentor to our young dentists across the country,” Hussain said. “He will ease the transition for new, idealistic dentists who have dedicated their early careers to quality dental care in underserved communities.”
Dr. Fink will serve as Clinical Director of offices and dentists in Washington DC, MD, MI, NM, PA, SC and VA and use his track record of bridging the gap between experienced and newer dentists and support teams to provide even better care for patients.
A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rutgers), Dr. Fink brings 26 years of experience as a general dentist with an unblemished license. Dr. Fink successfully ran his own dental practice, was the President of the NJ state dental association, worked with numerous editorial boards and spent 3 years as the Director of Dental Education for a CODA accredited dental assisting program.
An active member of the American Dental Association, Dr. Fink has served years as a Delegate to the ADA governing House of Delegates and was an ADA Council Chairman.
Dr. Fink was also a founding member and Past President of the Board of Trustees of The Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (DALE), the Official Affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
A Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Dental Corps, Dr. Fink has treated U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy personnel as a Navy reserve dental officer with his last assignment as his unit’s Training Officer.
With almost 70 offices employing approximately 300 dentists in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, Dental Dreams (founded and owned by a dentist, Dr. Sameera Hussain) invests in hiring the best dentists and providing them with modern, top-quality dental facilities.