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Delta Dental of Washington providing financial relief to policyholders

Delta Dental of Washington is providing COVID-19 financial relief to policyholders by implementing a 25% premium reduction for four months. Delta Dental’s policyholders do not need to take any action. The monthly premium reduction will be applied automatically to customer invoices for coverage beginning July 1, the dental provider said in a news release. Customers who have paid on an annual basis will receive a refund.

CVS moves into dental care with teeth-straightening service

The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will add SmileDirectClub locations to hundreds of its stores, where customers can get started on getting their teeth straightened without an in-person visit with a dentist or orthodontist. That lack of an office visit has drawn criticism from orthodontists.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we get morning breath?

The microbes feed on leftover bits of food in your mouth. They not only help break down your food, but they also get energy from it. As they eat, grow, and multiply, they also release some smelly gases that might remind you of rotten eggs.

Grant supports unmet dental services

A $125,000 grant will mean nearly $1 million in comprehensive dental care to Washington state residents in need, boosting services provided by volunteer dentists and labs.

Dr. Gerald Phipps: Recent grant to expand access to dental care in Spokane a much-needed step forward

The emergency room is no place to see a dentist. Yet, too many Americans in pain from preventable oral health problems seek treatment at local hospitals, despite the fact that most emergency rooms do not have an on-site dentist. Because the underlying dental problems are not addressed, patients may seek pain medication, often opioids. Each year, ER dental visits cost the U.S. health care system $1.9 billion. As a community, we need to think creatively about how to solve this prevalent health issue. One entity cannot solve it alone. Rather, it requires bringing together diverse partners and providers to invest in expanding access to preventive oral health care. Increased access will help reduce the number of people seeking last-resort, expensive emergency treatment for dental pain and infections.