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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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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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Dentists Come Together for COMOM

June 28, 2016

Thank you to the Colorado dentists and their teams that volunteered for the 2016 Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) dental clinic, which took place June 17-18 in Brush, Colo. Because of you, about 700 patients from across the state received much-needed dental care.

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CDA Endorsed Products Spotlight: The Trust

July 13, 2016

All malpractice policies are not created the same. Your insurance coverage becomes very important if you should have a patient event or claim. As a member of the Dentists Professional Liability Trust of Colorado (Trust), you benefit from working directly with a Colorado dentist who will handle your claim. 

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A New Module Makes It Easy to Keep Track of CE

June 28, 2016

You’ve always earned continuing education (CE) for professional growth. Now, effective March 1, 2016, it’s required by law in the state of Colorado. The American Dental Association has created an online CE module, hosted on its website, where you easily can log all of the CE courses you’ve taken and credits you’ve earned. 

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