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February 24, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
More than 100 children in need of dental care are getting free checkups during a weeklong clinic aimed at helping needy schoolchildren in Oxnard. The students were selected during screenings at 17 elementary schools in Oxnard and Ocean View to determine who was most in need of care, said Oxnard School District Nurse Linda Butcher. "Some have more than a dozen cavities and many have abscesses and other problems," Butcher said. "We can only afford to take the most severe cases."
September 25, 1986 | ROBERT HANLEY, Times Staff Writer
Arthur D. Axelrod, a Santa Ana businessman who has built sometimes controversial careers in real estate, banking and the salvage business, has now been named president of National Health Care Systems Inc., an Irvine operator of prepaid dental plans. As president, Axelrod replaces U.T. (Tommy) Thompson, who along with Axelrod was a founder of Newport Beach-based Pacific National Bank.
May 21, 1996 | Barbara Marsh
And now, for the orally conscious, here's the ultimate--a toothbrush with a laser that illuminates hidden pockets of plaque as you brush. The "LaserBrush," designed by Biolase Technology Inc. of San Clemente, is expected to be on the market early next year. It'll come with custom-made toothpaste that's supposed to pinpoint problem areas by changing color when it encounters plaque or tartar.
More than 40 physicians from throughout the country and hundreds of volunteers have teamed up for a second time this year to provide Panorama City residents with free medical, dental and social services on Blythe Street this Sunday. According to Maritza de Artan, director of the Immaculate Heart Community Blythe Street Project, a nonprofit community organization, "about 80% to 90% of the people in this neighborhood are medically indigent and are ineligible for [government] medical services."
Settling an unprecedented lawsuit aimed at improving dental care for the poor, state health officials said Friday they have agreed to set aside enough money for yearly dental visits for an additional 750,000 to 1 million people insured by the Medi-Cal program. The settlement, which must be approved by a federal magistrate, concludes a four-year, class-action lawsuit aimed at making dental care as accessible for Medi-Cal patients as it is for the population at large.
November 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
About half the children surveyed in Oregon have cavities in their teeth, and that shows that states must do more to provide dental care for young people, health officials said Friday. "In spite of all our progress, dental disease persists in children," said Dolores Malvitz of the Division of Oral Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Some groups of children still have large amounts of dental decay that remains untreated."
January 16, 1988 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
A pilot program to bring dental care to about 500 residents of three convalescent hospitals in San Diego County was announced Friday by the San Diego County Dental Society. For many of those patients, it will mean access to dentists for the first time since they became confined to the hospitals, officials say. Participating in the program are the county's Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital in Santee and the private Hebrew Home for the Aged in San Diego and Regency Nursing Center in Escondido.
The company that provides managed care dental services to 112,000 indigent Medi-Cal recipients in Los Angeles County has challenged a harshly critical state audit report, contending that the state made gross calculation and interpretation errors. The company, Laguna Niguel-based Denticare of California, said the mistakes led the Department of Health Services to draw erroneous conclusions in its June 16 audit report.
November 30, 1993 | From Associated Press
Millions of Americans with rotting teeth and other oral diseases cannot afford to see the dentist, the government reported Monday. Americans' overall oral health has improved dramatically with the advent of fluoride and better dental education, the report by the Public Health Service said. But minorities, the poor and the elderly still have too many cavities, untreated and decaying teeth and diseases from gingivitis to oral cancer, the service concluded. Dr.
April 30, 1989 | PADDY CALISTRO
NEW PRODUCT will soon sit among the eye shadows and lipsticks on cosmetics counters: toothpaste. One of the beauty industry's most unusual new developments is a dentifrice that will be sold as a prestige cosmetic. For people who lament yellow teeth, a $12 paste promising whiteness may be something to smile about. This isn't the first time that whiteners have been mass-marketed. Others include Topol, once called "the smoker's toothpaste" because it contains hydrated silicas and zirconium silicate, which have some effect against nicotine stains, and Pearl Drops, an abrasive lotion to be used after brushing.
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