This toothless Chihuahua is comforting scared patients at a California dentist office

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Kismet, a 13-year-old Chihuahua and a big fan of treats and back scratches, spends her days at Corte Madera Family Dentistry, where she offers cuddles to patients who could use a little stress relief while having their teeth worked on.

Dr. Cameron Garrett, the office’s dentist, and his wife, Debra Garrett, the dental hygienist, adopted Kismet in July. Since then, she’s been a great addition to their family practice in Corte Madera.

“After working so long in the industry you begin to understand quickly you’re just as much of a psychiatrist as you are a dentist,” Cameron Garrett told CNN. “Everybody brings some anxiety or baggage into the dental environment, and the science is very clear. Interacting with an animal, having physical contact with … Read More

Dentist: Closure of practices impacts patients’ oral health

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A Johnston dentist believes dentistry is an essential business, but argues that it hasn’t been treated as such throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Rupesh Udeshi, dentist and co-owner of Dental Associates of Rhode Island, said the months his practice was closed had a big impact on the health of many of his patients.

“We’ve had a great backlog and problems that were minor, that have become major. The patient may have just had a cavity or needed a filling, but we haven’t seen them and it’s now more severe and it’s a root canal, and some people who maybe needed a root canal ─ now they need to have the tooth out,” he said.

The World Health Organization recently recommended delaying routine dental care because of the pandemic. But the American Dental Association says they “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.”

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry

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Dentist’s offices are reopening for routine care, with fewer patients at a time

Slowly, but surely, dentist’s offices are reopening for routine cleanings and nonemergency procedures.

Since March many dentists — though considered essential in the state — had remained open only for emergency procedures while postponing nonemergency care under recommendations from the American Dental Association to help “flatten the curve.”

Gavin Uchida, owner of Blue Whale Children’s Dentistry in Kaimuki, opened his office for routine cleaning in late May, with new Plexiglas and guidelines in place.

Reopening was a calculated risk, he said, but one that he felt he needed to take in order to provide preventive care to his patients.

Photo Gallery: Hawaii dental offices are reopening for routine care

From a clinical point of view, preventive procedures are less risky than ones required to repair a tooth, he said.

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Uchida, who formerly served as dental director for the state Health Department. “I think it’s

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Los Angeles Surge Hospital to Begin Accepting COVID-19 Patients

Facility opening on the campus of the former St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles

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SACRAMENTO – A new COVID-19 treatment center
in the former St. Vincent Medical Center will begin accepting COVID-19 transfer
patients from other hospitals in the region on April 13. The facility will
increase capacity in phases with a maximum capacity of 266
beds. California is leasing the medical center to expand the capacity of the
health care delivery system to prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases.

“California continues to prepare our health care delivery
system for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. I am grateful that the
County of Los Angeles, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente have joined us in
this effort.” said Governor Gavin Newsom.

“This unprecedented public private partnership between the
State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services,
Dignity Health, and

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Coronavirus NYC: National Tennis Center in Queens opens hospital for coronavirus patients

NEW YORK CITY — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated the opening of the National Tennis Center in Queens as a hospital Friday and said the facility may be used to quarantine recovering patients to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus once the city is past the acute crisis phase of the pandemic.

“You need a lot of capacity to quarantine people and isolate people to make that work,” de Blasio said. “Facilities like these, if they’re not needed for medical, will be turned into quarantine and isolation facilities to help people get through their own experience with the disease while making sure we don’t infect the other members of their family or other people in their life.”

For now, the home of the U.S. Open has been converted into a 470-bed hospital intended to relieve the burden from the overtaxed Elmhurst Hospital.

The new temporary hospital will

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Nurses treating coronavirus patients find tires slashed at New York hospital

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Nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis at a New York hospital were the victims of a vandal who slashed their car tires while they were working.

New York State Police said they nabbed the suspect after being called to New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt at 7 a.m. Friday during a shift change.

New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt, N.Y.

New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt, N.Y.
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“Investigation determined Daniel Hall slashed tires on 22 vehicles parked in the hospital parking lot,” police said.

Hall, 29, of Peekskill, N.Y., was charged with felony criminal mischief and possession of the illegal drug PCP.


Hospital officials said they would pay for the damage.

“We were shocked

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Project Home Dental Clinic Helps Philly Patients

Duck into the concourse under Suburban Station and you’ll find more than just the usual snack stalls and shops. A nonprofit dental clinic located within the underground network provides free or reduced cost healthcare to Medicaid or uninsured patients that walk in its doors. It’s just one of many services offered by Project HOME, a Philadelphia organization serving people experiencing homelessness.

“There aren’t a lot of private practices that accept Medicaid because the reimbursement isn’t really that high,” explains Janine Musheno Burkhardt, DMD, Project HOME’s dental director and recent Temple University 30 Under 30 honoree. “Because it might be hard for somebody to find a dentist where they can actually get in for treatment, they might go for years and years without ever seeing one.”

Insufficient dental care affects homelessness in more ways than one. Intense tooth pain can push people toward opioids or other substances, Dr. Burkhardt explains. Tooth

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San Jose Kaiser hospital run over with coronavirus patients

About half of Kaiser Permanente’s San Jose hospital has been filled with patients confirmed or suspected to have the new coronavirus, a hospital vice president said in an interview with a medical journal.

There have been so many patients that Kaiser San Jose has had to boost its staffing, Dr. Stephen Parodi, a Kaiser executive vice president, infectious disease expert and incident commander for the health system’s COVID-19 response nationally, told the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

“Our San Jose facility in California actually has almost half of the hospital filled either with COVID-confirmed or persons under investigation,” Parodi told JAMA. “So we’ve literally had to revamp the hospital to make sure that we’ve got enough capacity from a personnel standpoint. Because to provide the care to these patients requires resource intensive personnel.”

Silicon Valley has been one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19. As of Tuesday, Santa

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Dental Insurance Companies

Dental Insurance companies are corporate organizations that offer reimbursement, either directly to the dentist or to the patient, for services rendered involving dental cleanings, procedures, surgeries, and cosmetic procedures, such as whitening and orthodontics. Most often, dental insurance companies charge a yearly premium to belong, and then require…Read More

International Dentists
International Dentists

Dentistry is an industry that is perhaps most reputable and well-known in the United States, but plenty of popular international locales have stellar dental professionals who are servicing

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As Patients Struggle With Bills, Hospital Sues Thousands

michael barbaro

From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.”

Today: for decades hospitals could assume that patients with jobs and health insurance would pay their medical bills. Sarah Kliff on why that’s no longer the case and the aggressive new way that hospitals are forcing those patients to pay up.

It’s Monday, December 2.

sarah kliff

Hi, Amanda.

amanda sturgill


sarah kliff

It’s been a while.

amanda sturgill

It has been. Hi.

michael barbaro

Sarah, tell me about Amanda Sturgill.

amanda sturgill

Oh, yeah.

sarah kliff

So Amanda is 41 years old. She lives in this tiny little town in rural Virginia called Norton.

amanda sturgill

It’s very small. I don’t even know why it’s called a city, because it’s not very big.

sarah kliff

She has four children. She’s a single mom.

michael barbaro

Sarah Kliff writes about health care for The Times.

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