Category: Judith Jones

Dental Work in the ER: The MA Pull to Extract It

June 16th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Since severe cuts were made in 2010 to MassHealth adult dental benefits, more Commonwealth residents have turned to emergency rooms, where the pain from tooth and gum ailments is addressed, but the cause often goes untreated…

Expert quote:

“Most of the studies that have documented this have suggested that it’s young adults who have the largest increases. But what we found was when you looked on a percentage basis, it was really older adults and seniors who had the largest increases.”

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In Nursing Homes, an Epidemic of Poor Dental Hygiene

August 4th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Katherine Ford visited her father, Dean Piercy, a World War II veteran with dementia, at a nursing home in Roanoke, Va., for months before she noticed the dust on his electric toothbrush…

Expert quote:

“I always say you can measure quality in a nursing home by looking in people’s mouths, because it’s one of the last things to be taken care of. Aides change someone’s Depends, change a catheter or turn somebody every few hours, but teeth often don’t get brushed twice a day.”

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