Dr. Teague will soon be heading to Washington, DC, to visit with our state's legislators at the ADA's Annual "Dentist and Student Lobby Day." This year's topics for discussion include student debt, dental medicaid benefits, and insurance companies dictating fees on non-covered services. Dr. Teague feels especially committed to supporting the "Enduring Lasting Smiles Act" (S. 754/ H.R. 1916). The Enduring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA) is bipartisan legislation designed to support the restoration and reconstruction of the dentitions of children born with craniofacial birth defects. 1 in 33 children born in the United States are affected by some form of birth defect. Craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and/or palate or hypodontia (the absence of teeth) can be devastating to a child's ability to breathe, speak, or eat. Unfortunately, many insurance companies, while covering the initial corrective surgeries, will deny or delay follow-up or longer-term corrective procedures to restore form and function for these children, claiming these procedures to be cosmetic in nature. ELSA would require all insurance plans to cover medically necessary services resulting from a congenital anomaly or birth defect, including reconstructive, dental, orthodontic, and prosthodontic services. The bill specifically exempts cosmetic services.
Dr. Teague has just returned from Houston, Texas, representing North Carolina in the American Dental Association's House of Delegates. Governance, strategic forecasting, and the ADA's budget dominated most of the debate on the House floor. A most interesting topic discussed was a ballet question coming up in the next election in the state of Massachusetts. "Question 2" on the ballet would establish a minimum medical loss ratio of 83% for dental insurance companies in the state of Massachusetts. Essentially, that would mean that dental insurance companies would have to spend at least 83% of their collected premiums toward dental care for their insureds. Legislation such as this has never been passed in our country. As you can imagine, the ADA is strongly supportive of such patient centered legislation. We shall see how the voters in Massachusetts speak on this issue. Of course, the potential exists for this vote to establish a precedent for other states in the country to pass similar legislation.
UPDATE: Question 2 overwhelmingly passed the vote in Massachusetts!!!
CONGRATULATIONS, DR. TEAGUE!!
Dr. Teague was recently featured in the Annual Report for Benco Dental Company. Benco Dental is one of the country's leading suppliers of dental products and equipment to the dental profession. Dr. Teague was one of four dentists selected nationally and was recognized for his efforts in "Leadership and Advocacy" relative to the COVID-19 vaccination of the dental profession. A portion of the article reads, "Nobody in the North Carolina dental community was surprised that Dr. Teague emerged as one of the strongest and most relentless voices advocating to prioritize dental professionals for vaccinations. A former president of the North Carolina Dental Society, he has a lifetime of awards and service demonstrating his dedication."
To read the full article, please click the link provided and scroll to page 8: Benco Dental Annual Report
Congratulations, Dr. Teague!!!
Please join our practice in congratulating Dr. Teague for receiving the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD from the UNC School of Dentistry! The award reads... "In recognition of a lifetime of meritorious and significant achievement on behalf of the dental profession, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, and the Dental Alumni Association."
SAME DAY CROWNS
Our office is pleased to announce we now have the capability to provide SAME DAY, SINGLE APPOINTMENT CROWNS. We now have the necessary digital imaging, milling capability, and firing oven to provide the exact same lab processed crowns that previously required 2 weeks for laboratory processing. No more impressions...no more temporary crowns...and no second appointment!!! Please ask us about this new technology!!!
Welcome to Teague Dentistry!
For 32 years now, Dr. Jack Teague and his associates and staff have been providing state of the art dental care to Western North Carolina and beyond. Our experienced staff cares about you, your family, and your friends. We are here to help you achieve your healthiest, brightest smile.
At Teague Dentistry we know every person's dental needs are unique. We offer a comprehensive selection of services and we provide exceptional dental care in a relaxed and caring atmosphere.
We specialize in improving smiles. You can learn more about our smile-enhancing services on our website, including:
- General Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Teeth Whitening
- Preventive Care
- Periodontal Exams
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Discover a new dental experience at Teague Dentistry! We look forward to caring for you and your family's dental needs.
Meet Dr. J. Jackson Teague, III
-President of the North Carolina Dental Society (2013).
-President of the University of North Carolina Dental Alumni Association (2016).
-Chaired the committee to direct Asheville's first Mission of Mercy charitable dental clinic (2010).
-Awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (2019).
-Current Delegate to the American Dental Association's House of Delegates representing North Carolina.
-Current Treasurer of the North Carolina Dental Society's Political Action Committee.