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Rust Never Sleeps

By Michael Diorio, D.D.S., CDA Editor
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Assocation

The sun has set on the review of our Dental Practice Act and it will next be revisited in 2025.  With that milestone behind us, you might be thinking that it’s time for the CDA to go into hibernation, at least for legislative issues—however, if you really believe that, then this is a great time to read a little deeper into this issue of the journal.

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PANDA Dental Awareness in Colorado

By Katya Mauritson, D.M.D., M.P.H.(c), Dental Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
and Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play an important role in identifying abuse and neglect among their patients. Individuals who commit abuse often avoid taking their victims to the same physician, but usually return to the same dental office. Vulnerable populations of maltreatment often include children  and at-risk adults,  which include any person 70 years or older (at-risk elder) as well as any person who is 18 years or older with a developmental/physical disability. No one is immune from maltreatment, which is why any individual who is suspected to be a victim of abuse, neglect, violence, or exploitation should be screened and potentially reported.

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Jumping in With Both Feet

By Brett Kessler, D.D.S., CDA President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As I wind down my term as the 128th president of the Colorado Dental Association, I find myself in a reflective mood.  I wonder, did I make a difference? Was I an effective leader? Did I leave the organization better than when I found it?

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Dealing with the Measles Outbreak

By Judith H Holmes, J.D.
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Question:  We have a general dentistry practice, and we see patients of all ages.  We are concerned about the effects of the recent measles outbreak on our patients and employees.  Are there some guidelines on how to address this issue in our practice?

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Are You Protecting Your Patients from Identity Theft?

By Jennifer Nieto, Best Card
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists protect their patients’ personal information for obvious ethical reasons and HIPAA compliance. Many times, however, they may not realize that preventing identity theft is another very important reason behind this practice. Processing credit card transactions in a safe manner is crucial in protecting patients from cyber attack. Whether it’s their health record or credit card information, no one is completely safe. Dentists can take steps, however, to ensure this information is as secure as possible for their patients.

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