OAK BROOK, Illinois--Most people want great oral health, but many do not know how to detect common risk factors and diseases.
This is why Delta Dental, a dental benefits company for oral health and wellness, helps people assess their risk for oral diseases and take steps to prevent or treat them. Through a partnership with a leading risk and disease analytic software designer, PreViser Corp., Delta Dental has launched myDentalScore, a risk assessment tool that provides technology to evaluate its users’ oral health.
By taking just a few minutes to answer some questions at mydentalscore.com/deltadental, patients will receive an oral health scores report that estimates their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Once users have their scores in hand, they can use myDentalScore to get valuable oral health advice and print out a report to bring to their next dental examination.
In the past, almost everyone developed tooth decay, and as people aged, tooth loss from decay and gum disease was routine. Today, thanks to scientific advances and preventive therapies such as community water fluoridation, fluoride toothpaste, and dental sealants, there has been dramatic and continuing improvement in the oral health of Americans.
Many people still suffer from oral disease problems; however, and risk for oral disease varies among people. If you know your specific risk factors for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer, you can take simple preventive action to avoid these problems.
Consumers who visit DeltaDental.com or any Delta Dental member company website can easily access the quick, user-friendly survey that asks a series of questions about personal habits, past history of dental disease and treatment, and current symptoms of oral disease. Answers to these questions help to assess an individual’s risk level for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
After consumers take the risk assessment survey, they receive a risk score for each problem area. They can bring this report to their dentist to verify risk and develop strategies to lower their risk for oral disease and improve their oral health. No personal health information is ever revealed, and the survey can be taken anonymously. Delta Dental websites also provide relevant oral health information.
The myDentalScore tool is a practical oral health and wellness risk assessment tool. A recent study conducted by a consumer products company found that nearly every patient who took this survey and received guidance based on their risk level said they had acted upon on its recommendations.
“Risk assessment is an important first step for people who want to educate themselves on the state of their oral health,” said Dr. Bill Kohn, vice president of dental science and policy for Delta Dental.
“This partnership with PreViser will allow consumers to learn more about their risk for oral diseases, get valuable oral health information, and help them work with their dentist on strategies for a lifetime of good oral health.”
PreViser will concurrently launch an oral disease wellness and disease management technology platform. In addition to the consumer myDentalScore tool, the platform includes a cloud version of the company’s clinical oral disease assessment software (the Oral Health Information Suite, or OHIS), developed for the dentist, and a data integration hub (the Prevention Management Console or PMC) that can aggregate the oral health scoring generate by consumers.
Clinical assessments performed by dentists, as well as with the actual dental insurance claims experience will also be aggregated. This suite of products can help identify the most effective wellness strategies for specific individual patient interventions and for employee wellness programs.
"Our objective in the development of this technology,” PreViser CEO Carl Loeb said, “is to help significantly improve the oral health of patients by providing actionable information on oral care needs for patients, dentists, and insurers.”
For more information, visit www.deltadental.com.
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