Healthplex Newsletters

Summer 2014

Do your patients complain of feeling tired during the day or fall asleep in the dental chair during treatment? Sometimes dental practitioners welcome sleepiness as it signifies the patient is comfortable. However, excessive fatigue may indicate a larger problem. Sleep deprivation plays a role in chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, inflammatory changes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, psychological depression, anxiety and motor vehicle accidents. [Read more...]

Spring 2014

Pregnancy is a unique period during a woman's life and is characterized by complex physiological changes which may affect oral health. Preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental treatment is safe throughout pregnancy and is effective in improving and maintaining oral health. It is essential for health care professionals to coordinate care in order to provide pregnant women with appropriate and timely oral health care, which includes oral health education. [Read more...]

Winter 2014

Sharon Zelkind has been named President and Co-CEO of Healthplex, Inc., effective January 1, 2014. Healthplex provides dental benefits and administrative services for insurance companies, HMOs, school districts, labor unions, municipalities, welfare funds and businesses of all sizes. [Read more...]

Fall 2013

Dental caries is a transmissible infectious disease that is triggered by mutans streptococci bacteria. As infants we receive the bacteria primarily from our mothers. As we age, these bacteria live in our mouths, feeding off the sugary substances we eat and excreting acids that cause tooth decay. Curtailing the consumption of sugar as well as stopping the original transmission of S. mutans bacteria are important steps in reducing dental caries. [Read more...]

Summer 2013

People with mental illness have long been overlooked when it comes to oral health. According to a report in the British Journal of Psychiatry, psychiatric patients are 3.4 times more likely to have lost all their teeth and are 6.2 times more likely to have decayed, filled or missing teeth than the general population. Important considerations in the care of these patients include the medications they take, their dietary habits and their use of oral hygiene products. [Read more...]

Spring 2013

Passwords are used everywhere to protect critical and sensitive information. Yet it is human nature to want to create a simple password that is easy to remember, or to write the password on a post-it and put it on your desk. If you and your staff have not recently reviewed the passwords you are using and the methods in place to protect them, now might be a good time. [Read more...]

Winter 2013

A musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is an injury of the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels, or spinal discs. These disorders can occur from a single incident, such as lifting a heavy weight, or can develop gradually from repeated stress on a part of the body. MSDs can affect any part of the body, but most commonly occur in the back, neck, shoulder, elbow, and wrists. [Read more...]