Monday, September 20, 2021


The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.


Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.


Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

WI Dentists: It's OK to See Us


Thursday, May 13, 2021   

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A year ago, scheduling a dental appointment might have been the furthest thing from people's minds as the pandemic unfolded. But with many residents and providers now vaccinated, Wisconsin residents are urged to get caught up on care.

The Wisconsin Dental Association recommends now is a good time to check in with your dentist if COVID-19 delayed regular visits.

Dr. Paula Crum, president of the Association, said routine mask wearing can lead to a dry mouth, which leads to plaque build-up while enhancing the risk for cavities and gum disease.

"The other thing that we've seen increases in is the stress in our patients, a lot more tooth-grinding that's happening, which has caused an increase in fractures of teeth," Crum explained.

Crum, who also is a periodontist in Green Bay, said for anyone still nervous about going to the dentist, they should know the industry has long prioritized infection control. She said offices have taken further steps to protect patients and staff.

For those who can't afford care, the state does have a program where dentists donate their time for free services to qualifying individuals.

The program is geared for those on a limited income that is linked to a permanent disability, chronic illness, or advanced age.

Meanwhile, Crum noted her group is calling on the Legislature to increase Medicaid reimbursements with dentists seeing more patients enrolled in that program.

"One of the big problems with the lack of providers is that the reimbursement rates are so low that it's very difficult to see these patients," Crum stated.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-controlled Legislature remain far apart on broader issues surrounding Medicaid, including whether to accept federal expansion money. However, it's unclear if those differences will impact any efforts in Madison to boost reimbursement rates.

get more stories like this via email
This, year the theme of Sea Otter Awareness Week is the species' key role in the mosaic of the ecosystem. (Wikimedia Commons)


MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…


LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series …

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …

The Nature Conservancy says the U.S. loses nearly 1 million acres of forest lands each year through development and other factors, reducing nature's ability to capture and store carbon dioxide. (Adobe Stock)


DULUTH, Minn. - As Minnesota looks to address the impact of climate change on the region, land managers and policymakers are reminded of the role …

Health and Wellness

HELENA, Mont. - It can be hard for people with disabilities to afford the assistive technology they need to perform daily activities. A program in …

"Tulip Harvest" by Jesus Guillen was among the work displayed in a retrospective of the artist's life and work. (Kris Ekstrand)

Social Issues

LA CONNER, Wash. - The exhibit of an artist who depicted the lives of farmworkers in northwest Washington has been recognized for its quality…


WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - A farming project on a Puget Sound island is looking to reshape agriculture and access to land. The nonprofit Agrarian …

Social Issues

AUSTIN, Texas - A new national survey of community and technical colleges highlights the importance of job-focused education and training. It finds …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021