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Time to Update Your Dental License

January 12, 2016

License renewal is now available through the Colorado Dental Board's website. (Click on the "Renew a License" button to get started.) All Colorado dentist and dental hygienist licenses must be renewed by Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. If you have not already done so, please remember to renew your state dental license before it expires. Dentists and dental hygienists are not permitted to practice dentistry without a current license. 

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Welcome to the New CDA Endorsed Products

January 5, 2016

The CDA would like to wish you a happy New Year! With the new year comes new endeavors for the association. We'd like to introduce you to a new CDA brand, CDA Endorsed Products. CDA Endorsed Products will save CDA members time and money, increase member awareness of the products and services the CDA offers and better connect members to products and services that can help them run more successful practices.

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Colorado Dental Board Announces Meeting Dates for 2016 Review of Rules and Policies

January 5, 2016

In the December 2015 eNews, the CDA notified members that the Colorado Dental Board would be undertaking a major review of dental rules and policies in early 2016. Several Dental Board rules were already reviewed as part of Sunset Review rulemaking conducted in early 2015. Now, the Dental Board is tackling all remaining rules and policies. Yesterday, the Colorado Dental Board announced dates for the upcoming committee meetings and rulemaking hearings. All dentists are invited to participate in the committee meetings and rulemaking hearings to provide input on needed rule clarifications and revisions. CDA members are encouraged to attend these meetings and hearings to provide feedback.

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New Year’s Results

By Larry Chatterley, CTC Associates
 
At this time of year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. But the unfortunate truth is most resolutions fizzle and die before April Fool’s Day—which is perhaps aptly named for that reason.  There’s no need for short lived January promises. With an understanding and application of a few key principles, you can turn your New Year’s resolutions into New Year’s results. 

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Lasers in Dentistry: Be Sure to Stay in Compliance

From the Winter 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

During last year’s 2014 state legislative session, the Colorado Dental Practice Act was reviewed and updated pursuant to HB 14-1227, the dental sunset review bill. Substantial changes were made to the Dental Practice Act that will impact dental practices in the months and years to come. One of the key changes in this bill was the addition of new requirements to govern the use of lasers by dental practices.

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Dental Hygiene Prescribing: What You Need to Know

From the Winter 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

During last year’s 2014 state legislative session, the Colorado Dental Practice Act was reviewed and updated pursuant to HB 14-1227, the dental sunset review bill. Substantial changes were made to the Dental Practice Act that will impact dental practices in the months and years to come. One of the key changes in this bill was the addition of new provisions that allow dental hygienists to collaborate with a dentist and prescribe, administer or dispense a limited formulary of preventive agents like fluoride and nonsystemic topical antimicrobials. 

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The Importance of Glove Ergonomics to Dentistry

By Reva Darling Goucher, Association Gloves
 
Dentists and hygienists wear gloves when they treat patients to prevent cross-contamination and ensure clinician and patient safety. That you know. But did you know the daily use of traditional disposable gloves can contribute to debilitating musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? The dental profession began using disposable gloves nearly three decades ago, but until recently, these long-term ergonomic effects of prolonged use of gloves were largely unknown. Now, some glove manufacturers are making it their mission to find a solution to keep dental professionals’ hands healthy.

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Five to Thrive in 2016

By Kim McGuire, Fortune Management
 
What makes a dentist successful? Successful dentists habitually perform similar behaviors in their practices. This success, however, is not only in their dental offices; it’s in their lives, as a whole. Success means having fulfillment in all aspects of life, from family life, spirituality and health to fun and leisure, in addition to professional life. These dentists also embrace what it means to be a leader. 

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Fluoridation Still Flows: New Website Provides a Flood of Information

From the Winter 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

2015 was quite the year for community water fluoridation in Colorado.  The year wrapped up with two more victories and a big win for fluoride with the launch of a Colorado website and resource tool

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Because Dental Health Matters

By Greg Hill, CDA Executive Director
 
It is a mark of how far we have come in the past few years that the Colorado Dental Association is now leading public dialogue on oral health on so many different levels. Our wide-ranging outreach efforts—to our state’s policymakers, to underserved communities and populations, to our own members—have helped prioritize our agenda for advancing oral health. With this in mind, the CDA has created and launched Dental Health Matters. This campaign will draw together all of our efforts to advance the oral health of Coloradans and provide an even more cohesive and proactive approach for the future.

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