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New Optimal Level of Fluoride in Drinking Water Announced

April 29, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services released its final Public Health Service recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The recommended ratio of fluoride to water is 0.7 parts per million (ppm), which results from years of scientific analysis of the amount of fluoride people receive from all sources. This recommendation replaces the previous recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 ppm issued in 1962.


2015 Legislation That Affects You

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

The Colorado state legislature meets from mid-January until mid-May each year. During this time, the CDA is present daily at the Capitol advocating on your behalf. This year, the CDA is involved in tracking more than 30 bills with potential impacts on the dental profession. Primary bills of interest and their current status include:


A Win to the Fourth Power

By Cal Utke, D.D.S., CDA Immediate Past President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As 2015 starts to settle in, we look at those pesky New Year’s resolutions and rebalance our life goals, both personal and financial. It’s one thing to rebalance your investment portfolios—but why stop there? I think it’s time and imperative to rebalance another equation that has morphed for me and my colleagues in dentistry over the past 10 years.

The dental world balance I’m referring to is significantly more challenging than developing a balanced occlusion on your next denture case or balancing your office check book. The equation in need of balance involves four factors—business employers, dental insurance companies, dentists and patients. All are interchangeable and dynamic within the balanced equation. All are ever-changing models that need to be rebalanced to regain equilibrium—or what I envision as an “exponential epiphany” to gain a win to the fourth power.

This takes collaboration, initiative and willingness to admit the errors of the past. This is not a request for all the groups to hold hands in a circle and sing “Kumbaya,” but ego and competition must stay in the parking lot for it to work. Let me highlight the issues I think the four groups must address for future progress.


Hub and Spokes Route Dental Care to Destinations in Need

By Krysia Gabenski, CDA Strategic Communications Specialist
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

According to a February Colorado Health Institute (CHI) report, eight of Colorado’s 64 counties are “dental deserts,” meaning they are without a licensed dentist, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or a Community-Based Dental Clinic (CBDC). It’s important, however, to point out that these eight counties only account for 1% of the total state population. But nonetheless, the need for access to quality dental care for this underserved population is real and urgent. That’s why the CDA, through its new Community Dental Health Program (CDHP), has stepped up to lead this effort to improve access-to-care issues statewide.


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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