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Colorado Dentists Step Up to Help the Underserved

April 19, 2016

The numbers are in, and a big thank you is due to Colorado’s dentists who have shown an impressive commitment to serving Medicaid patients in our state!

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Colorado ASDA Wins Gold Crown Award for Ideal Chapter

April 19, 2016

The CDA would like to congratulate the Colorado chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) for being recognized with ASDA’s top award—a Gold Crown Award for Ideal ASDA Chapter. Colorado ASDA also received both the Newsletter Design and Layout Media Award and the Social Media Award for the second year in a row. 

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Need Continuing Education Credits? Here Is Your Chance!

April 19, 2016

Need continuing education credits? If so, here are three upcoming CE courses that might be just what you’re looking for. 

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5 Top Bills of Interest in 2016

April 19, 2016

The 2016 Colorado legislative season is nearing its end, and the CDA is active at the Capitol advocating on behalf of you—our members. Here are five top bills of interest to those in organized dentistry, along with a bonus budget update.

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CDA Endorsed Products Spotlight: SoFi Student Loan Refi ($500 Welcome Bonus)

April 7, 2016

Didn’t save money on your taxes? Think about saving money on your student loans with SoFi. CDA members and their family and friends can receive a $500 welcome bonus* upon refinancing their student loans with SoFi. Apply at SoFi.com/CoDA. (Note: You MUST use this link to qualify for the $500 welcome bonus.)

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Who Says There’s Nothing Free in This World?

By Rhett Murray, D.D.S.
 
I don’t know if anyone needs extra incentive to attend the American Dental Association (ADA) 2016 annual meeting…but would free registration entice you even more?  ADA 2016—America’s Dental Meeting will be coming to Denver Oct. 20-23, 2016. Having the meeting in our backyard means you have a great opportunity to earn continuing education credit hours that can go toward the required 30 CE credit hours dentists and dental hygienists must earn during each licensure cycle. This is a new requirement that began March 1 this year—the start of the 2016-2018 licensure cycle.

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Access to Care: Have Dentist Will Travel

 
Access to dental care in rural communities in Colorado continues to be a hot button issue in the state. In underserved areas, seeking treatment from a dentist isn’t always as easy as calling up a local dental practice, Federally Qualified Health Center, or Community-Based Dental Clinic and making an appointment. It sometimes involves taking time off of work and traveling substantial distances to a dental practice. In extreme cases, patients might forego treatment, causing their dental problems to persist or escalate, forcing them to visit the emergency room instead of a dentist. 

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What’s This Got to Do With Me?

By David Lurye, D.D.S.
 
I was sharing an Uber (a first for me) on the way from my hotel to the O’Hare airport recently. I shared the car with three dentists from “back east.”  They were telling me about how wonderful a presenter was at a meeting they attended, and how he did a computer mock-up showing “ideal,” Hollywood smiles for people, regardless if it fit in with their occlusion. Being inquisitive and respecting occlusion, I asked them what they do with that info.  They told me that they present it to their patients to get the “emotional sell” so that the patients want the smile so badly they are willing to have whatever done to the rest of their teeth to achieve it.

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Is it Time to Refinance Your Student Loans?

From the Spring 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists, young and old, have student loans. That hard-earned education provides a great future, but it can leave a lasting impression on the bank account. In many cases, the debt accumulation total is astonishing. According to the American Dental Education Association, the average dental student graduates with $247,227  of debt. The average annual tuition for dental students is $38,8261 for in-state schools and $53,7741 for out-of-state schools. 

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Rules Under Revision

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA director of Government Relations
 
Every Colorado dental practice is governed by the Colorado Dental Board’s rules and policies.  As shared with CDA members through email and social media, the Colorado Dental Board is currently conducting a comprehensive review of its rules and policies. Nearly all dental board rules along with all dental board policies are being reviewed and revised through this process. Be sure to take time to review and submit any feedback on proposed changes, as they will impact your dental practice! 

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