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Managed Dental Care, March 2008

Inside:

A harder look at oral cancer

New CEO, deal at United Concordia

Tooth gaps 

Texas Blues integrates medical, dental care

California Dental Association slams proposed cuts to low-income dental program

Dental students sue ADA

ADA announces  new logo as part of rebranding process

Insurer offers expanded cosmetic rider

3D Systems introduces waxup 'printer'

ADA to endorse consumer products

Discount plan marketer offers Spanish-language site

Wrigley donates sales proceeds to ADA

Report: Amalgam harmless to children


A harder look at oral cancer

New technologies may spur earlier detection, but obstacles remain

"At the moment, it's just a notion, but with a bit of backing, I think I could turn it into a concept, and then an idea."

This line is a creation of Woody Allen, but for a long time, it could have described the progress being made in the realm of "medical-dental" integration. Under such a model, dentists would practice in a way that would cut down on future medical care. The patients would enjoy greater health, and the payers-particularly cross-platform companies-would prosper through reduced claims costs.