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Archive for February, 2014

Cavity-Preventing Candy in the Works

February 14, 2014

Pilot trial shows new candy is effective in reducing levels of cavity-causing bacteria

Cavity-Preventing Candy in the WorksFor years, we’ve all been told that candy is bad for our teeth. Now, however, researchers are seeking to turn this old perception on its head by developing a sugar-free candy that actually fights cavities. The results of a very promising pilot trial of their cavity-preventing candy were recently published in the journal Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins.

The Researcher’s Hypothesis

We get cavities when “bad” bacteria on the surface of our teeth feed on food scraps and release enamel-dissolving acid. Because bacteria especially love to feed on sugars, candy and other…

Covered California Seeks to Improve Access to Pediatric Dental Care

February 11, 2014

Starting in 2015, dental coverage will be included in all children’s health plans

Covered California Seeks to Improve Access to Pediatric Dental CareAmong the many hiccups associated with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been a failure to ensure that all children receive dental insurance. While dental care for kids is one of the 10 essential health benefits that must be offered under the law, the board of Covered California, our state’s healthcare exchange, recently discovered that only 27 percent of enrolled kids were getting dental coverage.

Why Families Aren’t Buying Pediatric Dental Plans

Currently, most dental plans are sold as…

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