CDA Foundation Supports Hurricane and Fire Relief Efforts

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Recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and fires in California have had a major effect on dentists and the dental profession. The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation has stepped forward through its Emergency Disaster Grant, along with donations from dentists from across the country, to support relief efforts for to cover urgent personal needs. The CDA Foundation is …

Getting the Word of Mouth to Our Patients

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By Dr. Peri Greenstein From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association As dentists, we know the powerful connection between oral health and overall health. We know there is a growing list of more than 120 diseases with symptoms that occur in and around the mouth, and that poor oral health can exacerbate many of the most serious …

Ethics: Lifelong Learning

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By Dr. Carrie Mauterer, CDA 2nd Vice President From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association On Aug. 24, the Colorado section of the American College of Dentists (ACD) combined its business meeting with the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) chapter for a regaling evening of food, laughter, and—you guessed …

Retirement or Redirectment?

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By Larry Chatterley From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association According to the dictionary, retirement is a “withdrawal or ceasing from active working life.” I was never fond of the word retirement, mainly because it brings to mind the image of retirement homes, like being put out to pasture so to speak.  Not exactly what I picture …

Strength in Diversity

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By Dr. Carol Morrow, CDA President From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association I have just completed my first 100 days as CDA president. I have been lucky to travel through the eastern plains, southern Colorado, and the mountains to discuss many of the programs currently going on throughout the state. I plan to travel to every …

Information Security in the Age of the Data Breach

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By Jennifer Nieto, Best Card President From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Every few months it seems like there are more revelations of large scale data breaches that expose the personal or financial information of millions of Americans. In 2017, there have been breaches involving Arby’s, Verifone, Dun & Bradstreet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Intercontinental Hotels Group, …

Four Fall Focus Areas for CDA Government Relations

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Even when the state legislature is not in session, the Capitol remains busy with post-2017-session and pre-2018-session work. This fall has been particularly busy to that end with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes affecting dentists and dental offices.  …

A Race That Means More Than a Bumper Sticker

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By Molly Pereira, CDA Associate Executive Director From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association When you’re sitting in your car in traffic, have you ever noticed a bumper sticker with “140.6?” That’s what Dr. Tom Bogan should have on his car but instead he proudly displays a sticker that says, “Triathlete.” It’s a simple sticker but its …

Medical Dental Integration Proves Effective

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From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Effectiveness on Early Childhood Caries of an Oral Health Promotional Program for Medical Providers, by Patricia Braun, M.D., M.P.H., et al., was published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 2017. An Nguyen, D.D.S., M.P.H., vice-president of dental services at Clinica Family Health and CDA member, works with …

Dental Practice Cybersecurity: Beware of Ransomware and the Decay It Causes

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By Herb Miner From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dental cavities are caused by bacteria that produces acid and erodes tooth enamel and dentin. In much the same way, technological bacteria like ransomware can infiltrate your network, destroy your perimeter safeguards and harm your sensitive business and patient information. Ransomware is a growing threat to dental …