ADA/CDA Membership Cards Go Digital for 2020

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Your ADA membership card is becoming digital starting in 2020. As an alternative to putting a physical card in the mail, the ADA is issuing electronic membership cards. Members will be able to access their eCards in their MyADA profile on ADA.org. By logging into ADA.org/MyADA, members can choose to …

Keeping Members Safe Since 1990

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association It’s hard to find many members of the dental community who don’t know the name Kim Laudenslager, R.D.H. She’s a local household (practice-hold) name in dental offices and a true ambassador of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) education. Each year, she teaches courses in Colorado and nationwide to be …

The Duty of a Dentist to Report Abuse

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Whether you are a new graduate or have been in practice for decades, you have treated patients who were victims of maltreatment, but you may not have been trained to recognize patients in need or know how to help them. Maltreatment includes both abuse and neglect. If your patient is …

New X-Ray Requirements

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Quality Assurance and Patient Exposure Rules Take Effect January 2020 Rectangular Collimation Required for Dental X-Ray Units by 2025 As shared with CDA members over the last year, the Colorado Board of Health recently considered and adopted changes to state x-ray rules that require the use of rectangular collimation for …

Mandatory Amalgam Separator Deadline is This Year- Follow these steps for your office compliance

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association News of mandatory amalgam separators has been buzzing for years with a distant deadline. However, 2020 brings that deadline into the present and your office must have appropriate equipment installed, best management practices (BMPs) implemented and a one-time compliance report filed with your wastewater district. Existing dental practices have a …

Criminal Experts

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Computer hackers are online security “experts” who find weaknesses in computer systems and then exploit the flaws, typically for malicious intent. Nothing good happens after that if your system is compromised. And a compromised system or machine usually results in time and money lost, in addition to lost productivity and …

Breaking Up is Hard to Do…or is it? Dismissing A Patient

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By Candace DeLapp, D.D.S., Dentists Professional Liability Trust Executive Director From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association It’s Monday morning—morning huddle time. There’s that patient’s name on the schedule that makes everyone in the office cringe! You know who I am referring to: the person who won’t let you take radiographs, won’t let you do an exam but …

Ethical Dentistry Isn’t Old School

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By Lisa Fox, B.S.N., D.D.S., CDA Ethics Council From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association What does it mean to practice honest and ethical dentistry?  And why does it matter? Think about this common situation: you take your car to the repair shop for an oil change and the accompanying “free” 20-point inspection. How many times has that …

Using the PDMP Isn’t Just a Good Idea—It’s the Law

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From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association As we all continue to tackle Colorado’s opioid epidemic, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s new “Check, Please.” initiative encourages prescribers, including dentists, to use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before prescribing medication to patients. The following are the most …

Can Dentists Recommend Medical Marijuana for Pain Management?

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Lobbyist From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In 2019, Senate Bill 19-218 expanded the state’s medical marijuana program to explicitly allow dentists and advanced practice medical providers with prescriptive authority to recommend medical marijuana to patients with “disabling medical conditions.” For the purposes of recommending medical marijuana, disabling medical conditions include post-traumatic …