The Legislative Session That Keeps Going

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It has been a long legislative session in Colorado for 2021. In a “normal” year, the session would end in early May. This year, Colorado’s session will end this week (prior to June 12). Throughout the session the CDA has actively monitored more than 50 bills that have an impact on the dental profession or oral health. The CDA’s initial …

CODA Nominations Open

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The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) requests nominations to fill vacancies on Review Committees. This call for nominations is for 2021 vacancies:  6 General Dentists 2 General Dentist Predoctoral Educators* – Predoc RC 1 General Dentist AEGD/GPR Graduate – AGDOO RC 3 General Dentists; Anesthesiology, Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain RCs (one each) 1 Dental Assisting Educator* – DA RC 1 Dental …

Masks and Changing Mandates

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In the past week both the CDC and the State of Colorado have updated mask wearing guidelines. CDC guidelines are recommendations and can be superseded by state and local orders. On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis relaxed mask wearing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated with Executive Order D 2021 103. The amended executive order states that fully vaccinated people …

Uniting to Overcome Barriers, Contributing to the Next New Normal

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By Leah Schulz, D.D.S. From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  Like many of you, I’m a general dentist. Up until recently, most days I provided full-scope dental care to patients of all ages and precepted dental students and residents at Salud Family Health Centers (Salud). Salud is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that offers co-located, integrated medical, …

Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic

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By Susan Somerset, D.M.D., Pharm.D. From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  In January 2016, the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) surveyed several health systems across Colorado to better understand the interventions being used to address the state’s opioid epidemic. This survey identified that, for the majority of organizations, opioid safety was an active area of interest. Based on …

Building a Culture of Wellness in Your Office

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By Myriah Shimatsu From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  A positive wellness culture can play a fundamental role in the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of your staff. When your employees’ health is a priority, your workplace becomes more efficient and productive. The office becomes a place that is respectful of the employees’ time, talents, families and …

Preventing Opioid Misuse: A Proactive Approach

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By Kevin Patterson, D.D.S., M.D. From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  Oral health is the primary focus of dentists and oral surgeons, but we know that quality care means treating the whole person and making every effort to ensure our patients are well-informed about the treatments, medications and aftercare instructions they receive from us. The importance of …

Pitfalls—The “Non-Dental” Type

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By H. Candace DeLapp, D.D.S., Executive Director, Dentists Professional Liability Trust of Colorado From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  Anger by a patient is often the nidus for a patient leaving a practice, making a demand, filing a Colorado Dental Board Complaint or even litigation. Interestingly, it is not always because of the quality of care provided …

Is it Time? Selling Your Practice in 2021

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By Susan Spear From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  For the last several years, buyers have been experiencing low numbers of dental practices/businesses for sale. This may be changing soon. The American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) reported that among the 201,117 dentists working in dentistry as of 2020, 17.0% are under age 35, 24.0% are ages 35-44, …

Things I’ve Googled

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By Molly Pereira, CDA Associate Executive Director From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  I think we can all agree that not everything we learn in school applies to real life or is ever needed again depending on where life takes you. I’m sure I could list countless examples as well, but the grade school lessons that I’ve …