Category Archives: Buck’s County Courier Times

Mid-level provider funding should be removed in new health care law

With the election of Donald Trump as president, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will likely be repealed and replaced. This process will be complex and may be difficult to achieve. The hope is that any new law will be superior to the existing one, with improved access to health care and lower costs to consumers.

New dental providers may harm the poor and uninsured

Healthcare in America has changed. Even before the passage of the affordable care act (ACA), the role of medical doctors in the assessment and treatment of patients has diminished. Nurses, techs, physician’s assistants, and other“providers” render much of the care performed at the hospital and in medical offices. In recent years, politicians have been pushing this model for dentistry as well. Never mind that most direct care for dental patients is both surgical and irreversible.






Doctor’s decisions have most impact on drug addiction epidemic

Recent federal and state laws aimed at reducing the devastating effects of drug dependency and addictions are a step in the right direction. The scope of the problem is daunting, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, etc.) and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin, according to a 2013 study by the department of health and human services.






Dangerous dental therapist programs spread across the country

As published in the Burlington County Times For the last several years, legislators in several states have been pushing for the addition of a “new” dental practitioner called the dental therapist. The purported goal of the program is to increase dental care in poor and rural communities, especially for
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Dental do-it-yourselfers beware

As published in the Buck’s County Courier Times The Internet has revolutionized the fast access to information and research to the benefit of countless people around the globe. The only problem with the Internet is that there is little or no proof of the validity of the information obtained
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Dental x-rays safe, effective and needed

As published in the Buck’s County Courier Times Dr. Jerry Gordon A recent article in the New York Times casts doubt and raises unnecessary fears about the need and safety of dental X-rays. The highly publicized article by author Austin Frakt, “You Probably Don’t Need Dental X-Rays Every Year,”
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Will “new” healing fillings prevent root canal?

As published in the Bucks County Courier Times Recently, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Nottingham have developed a material that can be used for “stem cell fillings.” These fillings are designed to regenerate both the dentin, a hard substance directly beneath the tooth’s enamel, and the
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Dentists must address dental pain first

As posted in the Bucks County Courier Times  The Patient Files- Part 6 This series of articles deals with real patients who came to my office for a second opinion. Not all dentists see things the same way, and there are almost always multiple options for every patient. There
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Dental pain can be difficult to diagnose

The Patient Files- Part 5 This series of articles deals with real patients who came to my office for a second opinion. Not all dentists see things the same way, and there are almost always multiple options for every patient. There is not always one “best” treatment plan for
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Wisdom teeth extraction not always needed

The Patient Files- Part 4 As published in the Buck’s County Courier Times This series of articles deals with real patients who came to my office for a second opinion. Not all dentists see things the same way, and there are almost always multiple options for every patient. There
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