Does Medicare Cover Dental?

By Danielle Kunkle It seems hard to believe that Congress didn’t include dental care when designing Medicare. The reason is partly because health insurance itself was quite different back then. When health insurance began to surface between the 1920s and the 1950s in America, dentistry was not included in the standard bundle of benefits. Medicare was formed shortly after that in 1965, and the […]

What Do Your Teeth Tell the World?

When you smile at someone for the first time, you are telling that person a little bit about yourself. It might not be fair, but the truth is people are judged every day based on their physical appearance. Did you know people with straight teeth are perceived as being more successful, smarter and more appealing to the opposite sex? These surface-level observations are only […]

Should wisdom teeth stay or should they go? 1

By Mac Lee Originally posted in the Victoria Advocate     Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, start their eruption process in the late teens and early 20s, a time when we are supposed to be wise. Rarely do people have enough room for retaining wisdom teeth and no one knows why. There are two basics thoughts but neither can be proven. One […]

5 Stroke-Prevention Life Changes to Make Right Now

By Patricia Sarmiento A couple of years ago, my husband’s mom suffered a stroke. She survived and made a full recovery. We were very lucky. Then, about a year later, my husband was diagnosed with hypertension. And of course, the first thing I thought about was his mom’s stroke. I immediately went into research mode. I wanted to find out everything I could about […]

Periodontal disease is No. 1 reason people lose teeth

by Mac Lee   Coalition Board member, Dr. Mac Lee, is guest contributor for this month’s TxOHC Blog. Read about why adults lose teeth in this blog post first printed in the Victoria Advocate on June 2 and be sure and leave a comment.   A visit from the Tooth Fairy is as exciting as Santa Claus for most young children. I have never […]

Silver Solutions – The New/Old Solution for Dental Caries 5

In August 2014, the FDA reclassified Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) as a fluoride, but does that mean dental auxiliaries such as dental hygienists who are authorized to administer fluoride can utilize this product in Texas? The state of Oregon’s Board of Dentistry followed the FDA’s announcement with a resolution to allow dental auxiliaries to apply SDF. SDF and Silver Nitrate are liquid silver solutions […]

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    The Texas Oral Health Coalition promotes optimal oral health across the lifespan for all Texans through statewide partnerships by helping to shape policy and educating the public to increase their understanding and oral health knowledge. The overarching goals of this communication strategy are to increase oral health awareness, improve access to care, encourage interprofessional collaboration and promote evidence-based public health prevention methods.  […]