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What is Corporate Dentistry?

When searching for a pediatric dental provider, parents will likely come across both private practices and corporate dentists. What is the difference, and which one is better suited to treat children?

There are a number of differences between the two types of dental practices, and it’s up to each parent to determine which type is best for his/her children.

Corporate Dentistry vs. Private Practice

Here are a few key differences between corporate and private dental practices, and how those differences may affect the care of a young one.

Locations

Corporate dental networks have multiple locations, and patients are typically free to visit any of the offices within the network.

Private practices typically have just one office location, and patients are restricted to visiting just that one location.

How it affects children: If a family goes out of town on a vacation, and a child needs an unexpected trip to the dentist, parents may be able to find a corporate dentist location close to them. With a private practice, the only option would be travel all the way back …

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Fraud Prevention Strategies: Protecting Identity Theft of Medical Records

There are a number of different Medicaid fraud schemes that affect a countless number of patients, healthcare providers and taxpayers every year. One particular type of Medicaid fraud involves the use of identity theft.

Medicaid Identity Fraud Schemes

Below are some frequently asked questions about Medicaid fraud and strategies to prevent it.

What is Medicaid identity theft?

This is a scheme that involves one person obtaining another person’s information, including his or her Medicaid number. The person then bills Medicaid for phony services, treatments or medical equipment and cashes in on the reimbursement.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services defines medical identity theft as:

“The appropriation or misuse of a patient’s or provider’s unique medical identifying information to obtain or bill public or private payers for fraudulent medical goods or services.”

How can someone commit identity fraud?

Identity theft from online browsing activity affects millions of people every year, and it is the most common way for criminals to get their hands on the personal information they need. However, identity theft isn’t limited to just opening …

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Fact or Fraud: Insurance and Medicaid Facts

Is it true that most dentists do not accept Medicaid or state sponsored insurance programs? Can dentists really limit the number of Medicaid patients they will see? These are common questions regarding dental insurance and Medicaid. Below, Kool Smiles answers these questions to determine which are facts and which are frauds.

Fact or Fraud: Most Dentists Do Not Accept Medicaid

Fact: Most dentists do not accept Medicaid or Tricare and other government programs. According to an article published by USA Today, “Many dentists are reluctant to participate in the government program because it typically pays as little as half of what they get from patients with private insurance. For example, Medicaid in Colorado pays $87 for a filling on a back tooth and $435 for a crown, compared to the $150 and $800 that private patients typically pay.”

Fortunately, there are dental practices that are committed to providing quality care to anyone, including those who have Medicaid coverage. Kool Smiles is one of these practices, and it serves states throughout the US and the District of Columbia. …

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Children’s Vulnerabilities for Dental Decay

Because of their underdeveloped immune systems, children are vulnerable to a number of health risks, including tooth decay.

In fact, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and is actually five times more common than asthma. Below, examine some of the reasons why dental decay affects so many children and what parents can do to minimize that risk.

Tooth Decay in Children

Some 42 percent of children ages 2-11 will develop at least one cavity in a primary tooth. Reversing this unsettling trend begins with understanding the causes and prevention of tooth decay in children.

Causes of Dental Caries

There are a number of reasons why children are so vulnerable to tooth decay. Many parents may not properly brush their child’s teeth, and because the child is too young to do it alone, he or she is left vulnerable to cavities and decay.

Bottles and sippy cups are the root of many cases of dental decay. Sugary drinks that are given to children in sippy cups are often slowly consumed over a long period …

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Dental Malpractice Information: What Consumers Need to Know

According to Medical Protective, approximately 8,500 dentists nationwide are named in a dental malpractice lawsuit every year. It’s important for every dental patient to have the proper information about malpractice. What is it? How do patients know if they are a victim? And how can patients fight it?

The information below is everything consumers need to know about dental malpractice.

What Constitutes Dental Malpractice?

Malpractice occurs when a professional, such as a dentist, fails to perform a duty in a professional capacity and as a result, injury, loss or damage occurs.

Below are several examples of dental malpractice:

An injury suffered by a patient due to negligence on the part of the dentist Improper extraction of teeth Failure to diagnose certain conditions Failure to properly treat a complication of care, such as an infection Failure to properly supervise the work or actions of other employees Anesthesia that is administered incorrectly or unnecessarily Failure to refer a patient to a specialist when needed Failure to collect an informed consent

Proving Dental Malpractice

In order to win …

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Are You Suited for a Career as a Dental Hygienist?

When determining a career path in the dental field, people often consider if they are suited for a career as a dental hygienist. In addition to earning an excellent salary, dental hygienists have flexible work schedules, paid time off and require minimal schooling. But what else should you know about the industry before finalizing your career path?

In this article, Kool Smiles — a national network of dental practices — further explains dental hygiene careers to help you determine if it is an occupation that suits your unique abilities and talents.

Dental Hygiene: Is it a Good Career Choice for you?

Like most careers, dental hygiene comes with its own list of pros and cons. Below are some frequently asked questions about the industry to help you decide if you are suited for a career as a dental hygienist.

How much money do dental hygienists make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for dental hygienists is $71,520, or approximately $34 an hour.

What hours do dental hygienists work?

Just under half …

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Dental Treatment Ethics and Values

Every patient wants a dentist who provides ethical dental treatment and has upstanding values. This is especially true because some people are nervous about going to the dentist, and they need peace of mind that they’re going to be treated well.

At Kool Smiles, each dental professional adheres to the standards of the American Dental Association. But that means more than just meeting requirements of procedure and quality. It also means following the five pledges of the American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.

Kool Smiles Ethics

Each Kool Smiles dentist pledges to do the following to ensure the ethical treatment of all patients:

Demonstrate respect for the patient’s wishes. Patients have the right to be involved in the decisions regarding their treatment and they are owed the privacy and confidentiality they deserve in regards to all treatment. Do no harm to patients. It is every dentist’s duty to keep their patients safe and healthy during treatment. This means referring patients to specialists when needed and maintaining a current skill set according to the …

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Dental Chains: Information About Dental Service Organizations

Chain restaurants, hair salons and retail stores allow consumers the convenience of knowing what to expect no matter where they go.

Dental service organizations (DSO), sometimes called corporate dental chains, are no different. There are a number of benefits to having access to a dental service organization.

Advantages of a Dental Service Organization

While many people love the personal touch of a privately-owned family dentist, there are many benefits to receiving care at a dental chain.

Multiple locations. When using a dental chain, patients can find care at multiple places. This is helpful when a patient needs to see a dentist while away from home. A DSO with many locations makes it easier to find a dentist nearby. Multiple dentists. While privately-owned practices often have just one dentist, chain locations typically have several dentists on staff so appointment times can be more flexible. Many chain dentists even welcome walk-in patients. On-site specialists. A private practice usually has just a general dentist on staff, and if patients need further treatment, they must be referred to an off-site specialist. But …

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Explaining the Dentist’s Code of Conduct

The Dentist’s Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines that dental professionals must follow in order to pursue and justify a career in dentistry. These ethical standards of conduct and justice are demonstrated in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, which this article will explain in detail.

The Dentist’s Code of Conduct Explained

According to the American Dental Association, “Members of the ADA voluntarily agree to abide by the ADA Code as a condition of membership in the Association. They recognize that continued public trust in the dental profession is based on the commitment of individual dentists to high ethical standards of conduct.”

The ADA Code is made up of three sections: The Principles of Ethics, The Code of Professional Conduct and the Advisory Opinions.

The Principles of Ethics provides guidance and offers justification for the Code of Professional Conduct and the Advisory Opinions. The Code of Professional Conduct defines specific conducts that are either required or prohibited, and is a product of the ADA’s legislative system. Violations of the Code of …

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Kool Smiles Dental Centers: Clinic Information

Founded in 2002, Kool Smiles has over 120 dental centers located in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Kool Smiles aims to deliver quality, affordable dental care to children in areas that are underserved by the dental community.

Below is a summary of information about Kool Smiles dental centers.

Locations

Kool Smiles has clinics in:

Arkansas Arizona Connecticut Georgia Indiana Kentucky Louisiana Massachusetts Maryland Mississippi New Mexico Oklahoma South Carolina Texas Virginia Washington, D.C.

Kool Smiles dental centers are designed to be kid-friendly. Waiting rooms are equipped with play areas, and most locations even have full-size playground sets.

Kool Smiles offices are equally parent-friendly. The offices have viewing areas where parents can watch the dental treatment their child is receiving, and many offices are staffed with multilingual representatives.

Services

Kool Smiles focuses on treating children, and in addition to general dentistry, many Kool Smiles locations also offer pediatric services, orthodontics and wisdom teeth removal.

Insurance and payment

Kool Smiles accepts Medicaid at every one of its locations in addition to most major insurance plans. Kool Smiles also …

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