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Long Island Dental Practice Announces Upcoming Special Offers

GREAT NECK, NY–(Marketwire -05/30/12)-
The Great Neck and Mid Island Dental Associates has announced it will be hosting several upcoming special events for patients with the Long Island dentistry practice. During a two-day only event, patients will be able to receive Invisalign® at $200 to $1500 off, including a complimentary consultation, free records, and a free take-home whitening kit. Also, in celebration of Father’s Day, The Great Neck and Mid Island Dental Associates staff will be awarding one random winner with two tickets to the Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees on June 23, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.

Focusing on a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures such as porcelain veneers and dental implants in Long Island, the Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates (GNMIDA) is made up of a diverse team of general dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, sedation dentists, and pediatric dentists. Dr. Arnold Tyrangel, a founding partner of the GNMIDA, says he is excited about the opportunity to reward patients for their loyalty and encourage an excitement for proper oral health. He says his practice sees both events as a chance to give back to the community that has supported their team of dentists in Long Island for more than 35 years, and also to promote the safe practice of effective treatments such as Invisalign®.

The Invisalign® Day event will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Great Neck location and on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Hicksville location. Patients will have the chance to receive Invisalign® at a reduced price, depending on the complexity of each person’s individual case, with payments as low as $167 per month. Dr. Tyrangel says Invisalign® has quickly become one of the most popular, successful procedures in orthodontics because it can provide quality results over a shorter period of time than traditional braces, without the bulk and discomfort associated with metal wires and brackets. Through the upcoming event, he says he is looking forward to helping more patients receive the benefits of Invisalign® for achieving a more aesthetically pleasing smile at a reduced price.

GNMIDA’s Father’s Day raffle for the baseball game tickets will be going on from May 23, 2012 until June 17, 2012, during which time patients may enter the giveaway by “Liking” the practice’s Facebook page or signing up at one of their office locations. For more information about either event, or to reserve an appointment for the Invisalign® Day, visit www.greatneckdentalassociates.com or call 516-708-4019 (Great Neck) or 516-960-5619 (Hicksville).

About Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates

The Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates has served the Long Island area for the past 35 years, providing a wide range of treatment options including cosmetic and general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. Dentists with the practice include members of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Academy of Periodontology, the International College of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, and Accredited Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates is also an Invisalign® Preferred Provider.

The GNMIDA offices are located at 611 Northern Blvd Suite 100 in Great Neck, NY and 400 South Oyster Bay Road Suite 201 in Hicksville, NY. It can also be contacted online via the website greatneckdentalassociates.com or the Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates Facebook page.

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Free dental care this Saturday

BONITA SPRINGS, FL –

Going to the dentist can be a pain in the mouth – and in the wallet. One dental office wants to give a little love to your pearly whites by offering free dental services to adults this Saturday.

Bonita Dental Care in Bonita Springs will be offering free extractions, cleanings and fillings on a first come, first served basis

Bonita Dental Care
8951 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 206
Saturday June 2
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Adults 18 and older

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Oregon professor is named U's new dentistry dean

The University of Minnesota has named Leon Assael as dean of the School of Dentistry, the state’s only dental school.

Assael is a professor and chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry. He also served as dentistry dean at the University of Kentucky.

He was picked for the U post by provost Karen Hanson. In a statement, she said he offers “a wide and deep range of experience, an outstanding reputation and a compelling vision for the future of dentistry.”

Assael is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard and Vanderbilt universities, according to his online biography. His “primary clinical interest” is in facial injuries, facial pain and maxillofacial nerve injuries.

The university’s Board of Regents will vote on the appointment June 8.

The other finalists were Catherine Flaitz, former dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston; Charles Shuler, dean of dentistry at the University of British Columbia, and Phillip Marucha, associate dean of research of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Assael succeeds Judith Buchanan, who will have served as interim dean for a year. He starts Aug. 1.

JENNA ROSS

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Los Angeles County record dismal for enabling poor children to get needed dental services

For many of Los Angeles County’s poor children, getting in to see a dentist can be as tough as making it in Hollywood, state data show.

Last year, fewer than one in four L.A. County children with Medi-Cal dental managed care saw a dentist, one of the worst records in the state.

As a result, many children suffer for months with painful or rotted teeth before seeing a dentist or getting a referral to a specialist, dentists and children’s advocates say.

“It would be like winning the jackpot if you could find a provider who is close to you and has the necessary skills and you can get an appointment in the next week or next two weeks,” said Francisco Ramos-Gomez, a professor of pediatric dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

“Because these kids can’t find providers and they go around in circles, their teeth get worse and worse and worse.”

L.A. County is just one of two counties in the state that offers dental managed care through Medi-Cal.

In Sacramento County, dental managed care is mandatory for children. But in Los Angeles, parents have a choice. They can either sign their kids up for a dental managed care plan, or opt for the “fee-for-service” approach used in the rest of the state.

Though the majority choose fee-for-service, about 154,000 kids were enrolled in dental managed care last year in Los Angeles County.

Of those, 23 percent saw a dentist. That’s compared with about 31 percent of Sacramento

children on Medi-Cal and about half of all kids on Medi-Cal statewide.

Now, advocates and some state lawmakers are sounding alarms. They say the subpar performance of L.A. County’s program, coupled with similar struggles in Sacramento County, raise questions about the managed care model, which Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand statewide.

“The state has a program that’s not working and it seems like they want to grow it,” said Scott Jacks, a pediatric dentist and founder of Children’s Dental Group, which operates four offices in Los Angeles County that see thousands of patients annually.

Jacks participated fully in the Medi-Cal managed care dental program for a decade, until 2005. Dental plans paid him a monthly fee of between $4 and $6 for each Medi-Cal managed care child assigned to him, a reimbursement that didn’t cover costs and forced him to stop taking new Medi-Cal managed care members, he said.

“It’s just not sustainable,” he said. Expanding the program, he said, “would be disastrous.”

NO REFERRALS

Itzel Garcia, a charming sprite whose family lives in a modest Hollywood apartment, was pulled out of the managed dental care program by her mother, after waiting months for a referral to a specialist – one that never came.

As the 7-year-old waited, the pain in her two decayed upper teeth flared. She avoided cold water, chewing hard foods or eating her favorite meal: Her mother’s beef stew.

“I couldn’t eat my food right,” she said. “It hurt a lot. I didn’t cry, but when I ate my food, I felt like I ate a rock.”

Advocates say that Itzel’s situation highlights one way that dental managed care plans limit access, by making it difficult for children to see pediatric dentists and other specialists.

“Within managed care, you have to get the pope’s dispensation to see a pediatric dentist,” said Lynn Kersey, executive director of the nonprofit Maternal and Child Health Access.

After four months of Itzel waiting, Monica Ochoa, the oral health advocacy coordinator for the nonprofit, intervened and went directly to the dental plan to speed the referral.

When that didn’t work, she helped Itzel’s mother, Isabel Lopez, switch her daughter out of managed care to fee-for-service.

One week after the switch, Itzel plopped into a dentist’s chair and got two crowns and three fillings.

LESSER PAYMENTS

The plans pay clinics and dentists a lesser amount per month to provide the care. Fee-for-service, on the other hand, allows dentists to bill Medi-Cal for services, which results in a substantially higher reimbursement.

Jacks, the pediatric dentist, provided a comparison:

For Medi-Cal managed care patients, he receives $4.29 to $5.65 per month per child to provide services, from cleanings to fillings.

Under fee-for-service, Medi-Cal pays between $75.24 and $99 for a typical exam for a new patient, including X-rays, cleaning and fluoride, he said.

In Los Angeles County, if parents don’t actively sign their child up for a managed care plan, they default into fee-for-service, state officials say.

It’s hard to tell how badly the managed care plan has performed by looking at the county’s overall numbers: In fiscal year 2010-2011, 49 percent of the roughly 900,000 Los Angeles County children on Medi-Cal saw a dentist, about the same rate as kids statewide.

But drill deeper and the discrepancy becomes clearer: 55 percent of kids on fee-for-service saw a dentist compared with 23 percent on managed care, one of the state’s lowest rates.

Since the vast majority – 83 percent – of L.A. County kids on Medi-Cal use fee-for-service, they boost the county’s overall rate.

In February, the CHCF Center for Health Reporting published a story in The Sacramento Bee about Sacramento County’s dental managed care program that gave examples of children who endured pain, some for more than a year, as they awaited treatment. The report sparked a flurry of outrage and response, including a proposed law to make Sacramento’s dental managed care program voluntary.

Critics have aimed much of their ire at dental plans and the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), which administers Medi-Cal.

In response, DHCS director Toby Douglas has promised quicker resolution to complaints from patients, better enforcement and said the department will get tougher on plans that fail children, either by withholding payments or terminating their contracts. The department said it will take these actions in Los Angeles as well.

The department also is beefing up new contracts that will take effect in January in Sacramento and July 2013 in Los Angeles County, he said.

The nonpartisan California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting is based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication Journalism.

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Connecticut Jobs: Some Dental Hygienists Make More Than Actuaries

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The Hartford Courant

8:09 p.m. EDT, May 28, 2012

The 2,000 aerospace engineers listed as working in Metro Hartford — one of the jobs found here in a higher concentration than just about every other region in the country — make $85,860 on average.

“That’s what I would consider a comfortable living,” said Bill Pennington, who manages the engineers at aerospace manufacturer Flanagan Industries. “Day-to-day you’re not struggling, worrying about money all the time.”

But that’s not as good as the 600 dental hygienists in New Haven County have it. Dental hygienists there make an average of or $50.68 an hour — more there than in any other place in the country, outside San Francisco. If a dental hygienist making that rate worked 40 hours a week, she would earn $105,420 a year.

Amber Auger, a dental hygienist who works in Southbury and West Haven, exclaimed, “Really!” She found it hard to believe, because she makes $38 an hour, and most of her friends working in Fairfield County make a little more, around $40 to $43 an hour.

That’s just a tiny slice of the enormous pile of data on 819 jobs compiled by government statisticians analyzed payroll records — what they pay in each metro area, and where each job is most concentrated.

The data from the U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics reveal plenty of surprises, perhaps none more head-turning than how lucrative it is to work as a dental hygienist in New Haven County.

Auger said she applied with a dentist in Boston, and expected to make $40 an hour, since the city is more expensive than southern Connecticut. “The dentist laughed at me,” she said.

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sudusinghe2012 at 1:32 PM May 29, 2012

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ChStein at 1:26 PM May 29, 2012

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LadyJane2 at 1:20 PM May 29, 2012

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Why on earth does a hygienist DESERVE to make that kind of money?   Do they not only have two years training?  How about the dentists that I went to in New Britain that just defrauded Medicaid for millions.  Maybe they are paying their workers the big bucks.  Accountants, Engineers, teachers, therapists, firefighters and police officers among other occupations either have the training or put their lives on the line and they make less?    Does not seem very fair to me.

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The Hartford Courant

8:09 p.m. EDT, May 28, 2012

The 2,000 aerospace engineers listed as working in Metro Hartford — one of the jobs found here in a higher concentration than just about every other region in the country — make $85,860 on average.

“That’s what I would consider a comfortable living,” said Bill Pennington, who manages the engineers at aerospace manufacturer Flanagan Industries. “Day-to-day you’re not struggling, worrying about money all the time.”

But that’s not as good as the 600 dental hygienists in New Haven County have it. Dental hygienists there make an average of or $50.68 an hour — more there than in any other place in the country, outside San Francisco. If a dental hygienist making that rate worked 40 hours a week, she would earn $105,420 a year.

Amber Auger, a dental hygienist who works in Southbury and West Haven, exclaimed, “Really!” She found it hard to believe, because she makes $38 an hour, and most of her friends working in Fairfield County make a little more, around $40 to $43 an hour.

That’s just a tiny slice of the enormous pile of data on 819 jobs compiled by government statisticians analyzed payroll records — what they pay in each metro area, and where each job is most concentrated.

The data from the U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics reveal plenty of surprises, perhaps none more head-turning than how lucrative it is to work as a dental hygienist in New Haven County.

Auger said she applied with a dentist in Boston, and expected to make $40 an hour, since the city is more expensive than southern Connecticut. “The dentist laughed at me,” she said.

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sudusinghe2012 at 1:32 PM May 29, 2012

my best friend’s aunt earned $21937 the prior week. she been working on the internet and bought a $504000 condo. All she did was get lucky and use the clues given on this web page www.LazyCash32.com

ChStein at 1:26 PM May 29, 2012

As Tiffany answered I am shocked that someone able to earn $7605 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you read this webpage… MakeCash17.com

LadyJane2 at 1:20 PM May 29, 2012

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Why on earth does a hygienist DESERVE to make that kind of money?   Do they not only have two years training?  How about the dentists that I went to in New Britain that just defrauded Medicaid for millions.  Maybe they are paying their workers the big bucks.  Accountants, Engineers, teachers, therapists, firefighters and police officers among other occupations either have the training or put their lives on the line and they make less?    Does not seem very fair to me.

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