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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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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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Be Aware, Be Present, Be Involved

By Michael R. Varley, D.D.S., M.S., CDA President
From the Summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association
 
What really constitutes a strong association that will endure the test of time? That will be financially stable? What is the definition of success for a not-for-profit organization? As I proudly accept my new role as your CDA president, I have spent a great deal of time pondering these questions. The answer to me is obvious: A strong organization is not defined by the number of endorsements it has or the amount saved in reserves; a strong organization is defined by having a strong market share of members and more importantly, having member involvement. 

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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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The Reality of Dental Radiation

By Adam Evearitt, M.S., DABR
From the Summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dental x-rays have always given patients such a small amount of radiation that its effects are considered almost an afterthought. Dentists and hygienists are taught the details and intricacies of radiation dose and its interactions with the human body, but the public’s knowledge is limited. To make it understandable, in practice, dental staff members often compare dental radiation dose amounts to the amount of natural radiation a person gets from a few minutes in a plane or on the beach. But like a nagging little grain of sand in your shoe, this question of radiation can be frustrating because the general public has a fear of it. Questions from patients about the radiation emitted from dental x-ray machines come up on a regular basis, and some people even refuse exposure to the detriment of their own oral health.

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