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Welcoming New Dental Graduates to the Dental Community

By Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S.,
Dean, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
 
A commencement celebrating the graduation from dental school is a major milestone in the life of a dentist. For 78 new graduates of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, this special event took place on May 27, 2016.

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Bringing More Smiles to Colorado Seniors

By Kelly Caldwell, M.B.A.
 
Jacob Alarid was all smiles as he entered the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he is now receiving free care thanks to a new program aimed at helping low-income seniors address their oral health needs. As he took off his U.S. Air Force cap and donned a patient bib, Alarid excitedly expressed his gratitude for the CU Senior Smiles program.

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Changes to the Colorado Dental Board Rules

 
The Colorado Dental Board implemented new rules on June 30, 2016. These new rules are the result of a long rulemaking process that began with the passage of the 2014 Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Act, continued through 2015 rule changes that addressed new additions to the law and concluded in the spring of 2016 with a review of all rules not addressed during the 2015 review. While laws and rules can seem like tedious topics, they have a major impact on your day-to-day practice. It’s important to be informed of their effects. What are the most important things to know about the new rules? And what will have the biggest impact on your practice?  Here are some highlights.

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Improving Ethical Licensure Options for Graduates: Non-Patient Exams

By Jennifer Goodrum, Director of Government Relations
 
The 2015 CDA House of Delegates charged the CDA to work to implement alternatives to a live patient exam for licensure, given concerns about some ethical implications of the current examination structure. 

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How Did the 2016 Legislative Session Affect You?

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
 
Colorado’s 2016 state legislative session ran from Jan. 13, 2015, through May 11, 2016. As always, the CDA worked hard at the statehouse on your behalf. It was a busy – and very successful – session for the dental profession. This year, the CDA was successful in adding funding for several key dental programs and in shepherding several key cleanups to the Dental Practice Act through the legislative process. In addition, the CDA monitored more than 50 bills that had direct and indirect impacts on the dental profession. 

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