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More Children Visit Dentists When Medicaid Rates Increase

A new study indicates that as Medicaid rates rise, more children have the opportunity to see a dentist on a regular basis.

The bad news is that budget cuts in certain states could put some children’s Medicaid coverage in peril. The current economy doesn’t help this situation. At times in the past when budgets were in trouble, Medicaid was one of the programs that saw its funding get cut.

The other continuous problem with Medicaid is that there are times when people with Medicaid have difficulty scheduling an appointment. The reason is dentists don’t want to have worry about all of the aggravation that comes with getting paid by Medicaid. The other concern for dentists is that the parents of these children skip out on bringing them to the appointment.

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Gum Disease Causes Other Health Problems

Gum disease could lead to several other health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, arthritis, complications during pregnancy, erectile dysfunction and reduced fertility.

In Germany, a research team discovered that patients with rheumatoid arthritis were eight times more likely to have gum disease. Researchers in Australia found a relationship between poor oral health and reduced fertility. Poor oral health during pregnancy could lead to higher rates of miscarriages or premature birth, according to the University of Pennsylvania.

Gum disease produces swollen gums, bleeding, and other problems. If the problem is specifically gingivitis, it can be treated without any issues but it can become a major problem if left untreated.

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Poor Oral Health Could be Passed on by Parents

Mothers with poor oral health will have children with poor oral health, according to a 27-year study in New Zealand.

The study began in 1972 and analyzed 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973. It showed that children with poor oral health generally have poor oral health because their mothers did.

To compile the data, the researchers analyzed the children’s oral health when they were 5. They then looked at the information when these people were 32. The information indicated that children with mothers who had poor oral health were much more likely to have poor oral health, including tooth decay and gum disease. These results were compared to the way the mothers rated the results.

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Some Vikings Sharpened Their Own Teeth

Vikings may have had a secret weapon to fight their enemies.

Evidence suggests that Viking fighters used to file their teeth to create a scary appearance for their enemies. The discovery comes from the remains of a Viking in Dorset, England.

Since there were no anesthetics at that time, the procedure of sharpening the teeth was most likely extremely painful. The positive aspect would have been the way the warrior was viewed by his peers and enemies.

The incisions were made carefully and were most likely the work of some kind of craftsman skilled to handle these types of procedures.

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Budget Cuts Hurt Medicaid Coverage in Idaho

There are now more than 42,000 poor and disabled Idaho residents without nonemergency dental coverage under Medicaid. These numbers come after the state was forced to make budget cuts aimed at saving around $1.7 million.

Still, it could have been worse for the Idaho residents. The emergency dental coverage from Medicaid is still offered in the state.

Dental coverage wasn’t the only type of coverage that suffered. Podiatry, optometry, and chiropractic services were also cut. There have been numerous calls to the Idaho Department of Health to complain about the reduced coverage.

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