Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:16
The American Dental Association (ADA) has long championed preventive dental care as the best way for people to be healthy,” said Steve Carstensen, DDS, Chair of the 2010 ADA Annual Session. “It was a pleasure seeing how the DentaQuest Oral Health Center has committed every part of their practice to promoting preventive care. The differences they are creating in their patients’ lives make them completely deserving of the ADA/3M Preventive Practice of the Year Award.”
The Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year Award recognizes a dental office which has demonstrated excellence and innovation through the combination of practical, preventive oral health care and ongoing patient education. Dental offices from all 50 states applied for the distinction.
The DentaQuest Oral Health Center is a multi-specialty group practice, offering routine care and cleanings, general dental care, dentistry for children, and state-of-the-art orthodontic and endodontic care. What puts the DentaQuest Oral Health Center at the leading edge is its focus on risk-based treatment. By identifying the risk factors unique to each patient, the center helps prevent and manage dental disease. In addition to providing the highest-quality oral health care, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center also strives to help patients understand and make the best decisions about their own oral health.
“Science is helping us understand the nature of dental disease, especially the two main ones, tooth decay and gum disease,” explains Dr. Blanchard. “Because both are bacterial infections, we have the ability to treat them and achieve better oral health. The solution doesn’t always have to be “drill and fill.” By identifying and treating the disease in its early stages, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center’s staff is able to help the tooth “heal” and make it more resistant to future decay.”
It is this mission is to deliver cost-effective, appropriate dental care using scientific, evidence-based technologies and treatments that are tailored to the dental needs of each patient that caught the attention of the American Dental Association’s evaluation panel. And, it is the reason why other dental practices are turning to the DentaQuest Oral Health Center to learn about this new model of practice. “We are delighted to be working with a number of dental practices nationally, providing technical assistance to help their dental care providers implement proven prevention and disease management protocols,” said Mark Doherty, DMD, Executive Director of the DentaQuest Institute.
About DentaQuest Institute
The DentaQuest Institute (www.dentaquestinstitute.org) is a not-for-profit organization focused on research and supported by the DentaQuest family of oral health companies. The DentaQuest Institute works with clinical partners across the country to develop and implement more effective approaches to preventing and managing oral disease. The DentaQuest Oral Health Center (www.dentaquestohc.com) was established in 1999 as model dental practice focused on evidence based, cost-effective and appropriate dental care tailored to the unique dental needs and risk profiles of each patient.
DentaQuest is one of the nation’s largest dental benefits providers, serving more than 12 million members through both commercial and government dental programs. DentaQuest provides high quality dental benefits programs, and is a partner in the community, committed to improving oral health through access, innovation and affordability.