Author: Emily Kiefer

  • The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

    The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

    April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness month. The Oral Cancer Foundation tells us that nearly 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, only about 57% will live longer than five years. Often, this type of cancer goes unnoticed by the patient until it has progressed to later stages. While smoking and alcohol consumption have long been known as risk factors, the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer among young non-smokers has steadily increased due to HPV16 — the same virus that causes more than 90% of all cervical cancers. In light of these findings, in 2019 the American Dental Association expanded their policy on early detection and prevention of oral cancer to include oropharyngeal cancer. The policy was broadened to cover all patients, not simply those at an increased risk due to tobacco and alcohol use. It also emphasized the vital role of the dentist in both educating and screening patients.

  • Celebrate National Dentist’s Day this Saturday!

    Celebrate National Dentist’s Day this Saturday!

    Saturday, March 6 is National Dentist’s Day! While MDP celebrates our providers every day, National Dentist’s Day is an opportunity to show some extra appreciation for the hard work of our dentists and dental specialists, including our general dentists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and prosthodontists. As part of our celebration, we’ve combed history to recognize a few of the very first dentists and dental specialists.

  • What does the COVID-19 vaccine mean for the dental industry?

    The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program is rolling out across the country. According to the December 14 survey conducted by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute, 84% of dentists felt that it was either “extremely important” or “very important” for dental providers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This was especially evident among […]

  • Louisville Business First Selects Bill Becknell as a “Most Admired CEO”

    Louisville Business First Selects Bill Becknell as a “Most Admired CEO”

    Our own Bill Becknell has been selected as a “Most Admired CEO” by Louisville Business First. Read Bill’s full profile, including his leadership “recipe” for success, the biggest turning point in his career and how he has motivated team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: Louisville Business First)

  • Why Dentistry Is Essential Care

    In their interim guidance dated August 3, 2020, the World Health Organization advised that oral care deemed “routine” or “non-urgent” be delayed until COVID-19 transmissions are significantly reduced. While the ADA strongly disagreed with this recommendation, the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country has left many in the industry wondering whether governmental mandates […]

  • The Group Dentistry Now Show with Dr. Blair Brown

    The Group Dentistry Now Show with Dr. Blair Brown

    Our own Dr. Blair Brown of Mortenson Family Dental sat down with Group Dentistry Now to discuss his experience of being a DSO doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the full podcast by clicking the link below!

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