Family Dentists are considering an option for dental care for a newborn with a rare genetic condition, which would be the first in the U.S. for a family dentist to offer such services, according to The Irish News.
The baby, who is not yet 1-month-old, is from a close-knit family in Salisbury, MD.
His parents, two sisters and a brother are members of the Family Dentistry in Indiana, an organization that has about 3,000 members.
They are concerned about his condition and want to offer dental care as soon as possible.
“The goal is to see him within three weeks, but we have a lot of patients,” said Dr. Michael Paolucci, who heads the organization.
Dr. Paoluci said the baby, whom he named M.J., had no visible external blemishes or infections, but his body was in “very bad shape” and that he has to take frequent breaks from his routine to recover.
His parents also have the blessing of the hospital and a pediatrician, who has a specialist in the family for an extra eye examination and checkups.
But while the family may be able to pay for dental treatment, they are concerned that the child’s mother will not be able.
A visit to the hospital to get a checkup, surgery and possibly an injection of an antibiotic, will cost about $100,000, Dr. Paosci said.
Family Dentistry has received a number of inquiries from other family dentist practices in Indiana about offering dental care to a newborn in their practice, including one in Springfield, IL, and one in Bloomington, IL.
The Illinois practice is now offering the baby a procedure.
Dr. David J. Houser, a pediatric dental specialist at the University of Michigan, said in an email that the procedure for a child with a genetic condition can be a difficult one, and is often more difficult for a young infant with a limited immune system.
However, he said, he had never encountered a case of a family doctor giving a newborn an injection for a congenital disease, which is why he said it’s not unusual for a small hospital to consider offering dental services to a baby.
In an interview, Drs.
Paoloucci and Housers said they are also considering offering dental treatment for an additional $100k to $150k to a small group of patients with families who are not able to afford that kind of care, such as a child in a home with a chronic health condition, or someone with multiple sclerosis.
Dentists have also begun to take up the issue of providing the treatment to more of the uninsured and low-income families, as well as the disabled.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Dr Paolucis and his wife, Dr Christine Paoluccio, said they would consider the possibility of providing dental care if the family decides to pay the bill, though it would have to be for less than $100 per visit.
After discussing it with her, Dr J.J. Hoeser, who founded the nonprofit organization, said he is also open to offering treatment to a child if he can convince the family to pay a premium for the service.
As a result of the issue, Dr Hoesers hopes that the Family Medicine Clinic will be open in the future to provide more dental services for the uninsured, as long as it is done properly, said Dr Paolsucci.
“We are very interested in working with the dental professionals to ensure that this is not something that comes from the heart of the practice,” Dr Paoloucis said.
“We’re not going to take advantage of the family and just throw them under the bus, and we are going to be transparent.”
If the plan becomes a reality, it could help fill a void in the health care system that was created when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, said J.R. DeFazio, who runs the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which has been pushing for better dental care since the ACA became law.
The ACA required insurers to cover dental care in some circumstances.
This has meant that the cost of treating a child’s dental problems could be passed along to his parents and siblings, who may be more able to make ends meet and afford the procedure.
The Affordable Care Acts reforms also have made it easier for low- and moderate-income people to afford dental care, said DeFazario, president of the American Association of Family Dentist.
There are a lot more people out there who need dental care and are willing to pay more money than ever before,” he said.”
If we are able to get these patients into care, then that’s going to increase access and affordability for