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Shelley Shearer: Kentucky’s dental offices of the future are here — take a peek at the safe ‘new normal’

As Governor Beshear digests information from a state task force, the American Dental Association and national health organizations, restrictions on dental offices around Kentucky are lifting. You are about to see dental offices as you perhaps never imagined. We are all working with our staff right now to implement dramatic changes to keep our patients and staff safe. Here is a rundown on what you can...

Shelley Shearer: Oral cancer may be more common than you think; self-check and consult your dentist

There are nearly 50,000 new cases of oral cancer in the United States each year, accounting for three percent of all cancer diagnoses. Most are discovered in a dental office. Oral cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth and reproduction of cells in some regions of the mouth. It can occur inside the cheeks, under the middle and front of the tongue, or on the tissue lining of the mouth or gum. That’s...

Bevin administration to reinstate dental and vision care for thousands of Medicaid recipients

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dental and vision care for thousands of Medicaid recipients in Kentucky will be reinstated by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
The benefits were cut at the end of June, following a federal judge blocking Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.  Democrats and public health advocates spoke...

Floyd County mobile dental until to provide free oral health evaluation, treatment at district schools

In an effort to make sure its students have access to dental treatment, the Floyd County School District has partnered with a regional health-care center that will provide dental services at its schools via a mobile dental unit, Mary Meadows reports for the Floyd County Chronicle. The school board approved the contract with Big Sandy Health Care at its June 26 meeting. Meadows reports that the contract...

UK Dentistry offering free supplies each week in October to emphasize good oral health habits

In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, UK Dentistry is reminding everyone that good oral health goes a long way in supporting overall wellbeing. To assist in ensuring people are using the best tools to achieve a healthy smile, on Tuesdays during the month of October, UK Dentistry will be offering free dental goodies, while supplies last. Additional details are available at https://goo.gl/FeP1Rf. Surveys...

Feds say no evidence that flossing helps, dentists still recommend it as ‘low cost, low risk’

Flossing might help you have better oral health. But there’s no proof of it, despite decades of recommendations by dental experts, the federal government and, yes, manufacturers of floss. Federal advice is supposed to be based on scientific evidence, so Jeff Donn of The Associated Press asked federal agencies for the evidence. They didn’t reply immediately, but when they issued their latest...

Aspen Dental volunteers to provide free dental care to local veterans in Frankfort Friday

Aspen Dental dentists and teams will be volunteering their time and to provide free dental care to local veterans on Friday in Frankfort. Aspen will be parking its MouthMobile – a 42-foot dentist office on wheels – at the state capitol building and will provide care from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the seventh tour stop of the 2016 Healthy Mouth Movement, a program that helps veterans who are unable...