7 Signs of Disease Your Teeth Can Reveal

Thu, 21 Apr 2016

Establishing a dental home is important - not just for your oral health, but for your entire body.

Reader's Digest reports on what your teeth can reveal about your body and diseases. The article notes, "Dentists are trained to spot more than just cavities: These red flags of dental problems in your mouth may signal a health issue happening elsewhere in the body." By examining your teeth, dentists could find evidence of diabetes, low bone mineral density, or autoimmune diseases. Check out the whole list at Reader's Digest online

In the stories we share in "Because I Saw My Dentist," you can see the impact visiting a dentist has had on real patients in Georgia. And, through BecauseISawMyDentist.com, you can find a Georgia Dental Association member dentist near you - and establish your dental home.

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Elect Drew Ferguson

Mon, 04 Apr 2016

Help ensure a dentist represents your interests in the US Congress.

Georgia Dental Association member Dr. Drew Ferguson of West Point, Georgia is running for the United States Congress representing Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District.

Dr. Ferguson is a Georgia Dental Association and American Dental Association member and leader for more than 20 years. As a dentist, small businessman and West Point mayor for 8 years, he understands the interests of dentists and small businesses.

Together we can do this, but time is running out.  Please contribute to Dr. Drew Ferguson’s campaign today at http://fergusonforgeorgia.com/donate/

To learn more, visit Drew Ferguson for Congress at www.fergusonforgeorgia.com.

Note: Campaign contributions for federal election candidates must be a personal check or credit card.

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Dispelling Myths About Barriers to Care and Ga. House Bill 684

Thu, 24 Mar 2016

The Georgia Legislature recently considered a bill (HB 684) that would have purportedly allowed greater access to dental care for Georgians in safety-net settings by allowing dental hygienists to perform cleanings without requiring that a dentist be present or an exam be given.

Initially, the Georgia Dental Association opposed the bill. Subsequently, the association worked on amendments with the sponsor. After numerous negotiations, the GDA agreed to accept the amendments, and the bill passed out of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Why did the GDA, after making suggestions for numerous amendments, change its position of support on the bill when it reached the Rules Committee - Simple -- at the end of the day, our member dentists could not compromise their first order of ethical care: to do no harm -- as would inevitably result from patients believing that a cleaning was the same as an exam.

Click here to read the rest of this commentary by GDA Executive Director Frank Capaldo published at Dr. Bicuspid.com (Scroll down to the Second Opinion article entitled Dispelling Myths About Barriers to Care and HB684. Free registration required.)

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Statewide PR Campaign to Launch in April

Thu, 24 Mar 2016

Learn more about the campaign and download your member toolkit here.

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Feds Extend Deadline for Dentists to Opt In or Out of Medicare

Tue, 08 Mar 2016

The ADA News (3/7, Soderlund) reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for dentists to either enroll as a Medicare Part D “ordering/referring provider” or opt out of the program. (This has been known as the Medicare Opt In or Opt Out deadline.) The deadline was June 1, 2016, but is now February 1, 2017.

Despite the extension, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging “health care providers to submit their Medicare enrollment applications or opt-out affidavits to their Medicare administrative contractors before August 1.” According to The ADA News, this is the fourth time CMS has extended the registration deadline.

The ADA cautions dentists that taking some sort of action ahead of the deadline is required—the federal government will see your decision not to do anything as a sign you want to opt-out. The GDA has updated its “Medicare Opt In/Opt Out Decision Guide” for members and posted it at www.gadental.org. Use this free guide to determine if opting in or out is the best decision for your particular dental practice. Click here to access the guide.

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