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Introduction of a Novel School-based, Business Driven Dental Program to Alleviate Pain and Unmet Dental Needs for Underserved Children

By Marisa Moret, Samuel Lynass and Greg Evans, D.D.S.
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Nationally, 14% of our 6-12-year-old children are likely to have suffered from a toothache in the last six months. Preventive measures such as dental sealants only reach a fraction of children, while the lifetime cost of a decayed permanent molar ranges from $2,187 to $6,105. At the same time, fewer adults are seeking dental care and more young adults are using the emergency room for dental treatment. It is widely recognized that children need to be reached before dental problems become painful or chronic. Efforts to address this need meet many barriers.

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Are You Using Your Personal Email to Send Patient Records? You’re Breaking the Law

By Robert McDermott
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association
 
Electronic messaging is quickly becoming the standard for transmitting electronic patient health information (EPHI). But in a digital era when technology is ever-evolving, are you and your staff doing everything you can to legally comply with Health Information Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) laws? If you’re not, you’re jeopardizing not only your patients’ privacy but also your practice and your license.

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Tapping into Colorado’s Latest News on Fluoride

From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Community water fluoridation has continued as a hot topic across Colorado this past summer. From Denver to Snowmass and Montrose to Hayden, fluoridated drinking water was debated and reviewed by cities and water providers—and proponents worked to make their case that community water fluoridation is one of our state’s top public health benefits.

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New Chips on Credit Cards and Your Practice

By Jennifer Nieto
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

To panic or not to panic? That is the question. You may have heard that credit cards should contain an encrypted chip in addition to a magnetic swipe stripe by October 2015. If your office doesn’t have a terminal with this enhancement yet, there is no need to panic; however, you should start looking into a new terminal to avoid liability should a fraudulent card be presented at your office. This is a new technology to heighten security on the way credit card information is stored and processed in order to prevent fraud. If your office processes credit cards, you will need a terminal that has EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) chip-reading ability for credit card processing.

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Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Next Office Lease Negotiation

By Stephen Strecker and Ryan Nolan
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Most dental practices in Colorado lease their office space. The location and impression that their office makes on patients is a huge determining factor in patient referrals and return visits, especially in a competitive marketplace. Additionally, the cost of rent is typically a practice’s second-highest fixed expense after payroll. For these reasons, it is imperative that dentists achieve the best possible lease terms on an ideal location for the office to maximize the practice’s productivity and profitability during the next office lease or renewal negotiation.

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A Colorado Story

By James H. Pearce, Jr., D.D.S.
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

The year was 1901 when a young dentist from Massachusetts, with a recent diploma in hand, arrived in Colorado Springs to begin his career in dentistry. His name was Dr. Frederick S. McKay and he would become one of the most celebrated and honored dentists in history—receiving awards, citations and honorary degrees from professional and scientific organizations and universities from coast to coast.

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I Am One in Four

From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

I am tired—lethally fatigued. I can’t breathe. I have no memory of what it feels like to wake rested. I am acutely aware of my constant headaches, frequent stomach irregularity, chronic neck pain, and lack of energy but the worst of it, and my most prominent symptom, is my mind will not shut up. My mind refuses to give me any rest, and is always occupied with undesirable thoughts related to shame and fear. Fear is the worst. But sometimes when I am able to sleep, there is a dream of self-inflicted death that holds a very deep allure that does not frighten me. I am absolutely overwhelmed.

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Want to Support Other Dentists? Become a Dentist Practice Monitor!

October 1, 2015

If you have at least 5 years of experience in the practice of dentistry and are interested in sharing your expertise with a colleague, you could be a practice monitor. The dentist practice monitor role makes it possible to protect the public and at the same time provide support for dentists who are making changes in their practices and in their lives.

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Can You Identify the Red Flags for Fraud in a Dental Office?

September 29, 2015

Preventing fraud in a dental office should be a top priority. If it were to happen, do you know what's in store for you, your practice and your staff if the case is brought to trial? Opportunity Strikes Again! is a free mock trial and seminar Oct. 10 at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) that will show you just that and teach you the red flags to look out for if fraud is happening in your practice.

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ADA Trustees Recognize Colorado Dentists for International Volunteer Service

September 24, 2015

In August, the American Dental Association Board of Trustees presented the Certificate for International Volunteer Service to three deserving Colorado dentists. Dr. Victor Bradford, Dr. John Ley and Dr. Robert Meyer, all from Colorado Springs, Colo., travel outside the U.S., often to remote locations, to set up portable dental clinics and teach local physicians how to establish dental clinics for ongoing care.

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