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5 Top Bills of Interest in 2016

April 19, 2016

The 2016 Colorado legislative season is nearing its end, and the CDA is active at the Capitol advocating on behalf of you—our members. Here are five top bills of interest to those in organized dentistry, along with a bonus budget update.

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CDA Endorsed Products Spotlight: SoFi Student Loan Refi ($500 Welcome Bonus)

April 7, 2016

Didn’t save money on your taxes? Think about saving money on your student loans with SoFi. CDA members and their family and friends can receive a $500 welcome bonus* upon refinancing their student loans with SoFi. Apply at SoFi.com/CoDA. (Note: You MUST use this link to qualify for the $500 welcome bonus.)

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Access to Care: Have Dentist Will Travel

 
Access to dental care in rural communities in Colorado continues to be a hot button issue in the state. In underserved areas, seeking treatment from a dentist isn’t always as easy as calling up a local dental practice, Federally Qualified Health Center, or Community-Based Dental Clinic and making an appointment. It sometimes involves taking time off of work and traveling substantial distances to a dental practice. In extreme cases, patients might forego treatment, causing their dental problems to persist or escalate, forcing them to visit the emergency room instead of a dentist. 

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Who Says There’s Nothing Free in This World?

By Rhett Murray, D.D.S.
 
I don’t know if anyone needs extra incentive to attend the American Dental Association (ADA) 2016 annual meeting…but would free registration entice you even more?  ADA 2016—America’s Dental Meeting will be coming to Denver Oct. 20-23, 2016. Having the meeting in our backyard means you have a great opportunity to earn continuing education credit hours that can go toward the required 30 CE credit hours dentists and dental hygienists must earn during each licensure cycle. This is a new requirement that began March 1 this year—the start of the 2016-2018 licensure cycle.

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What’s This Got to Do With Me?

By David Lurye, D.D.S.
 
I was sharing an Uber (a first for me) on the way from my hotel to the O’Hare airport recently. I shared the car with three dentists from “back east.”  They were telling me about how wonderful a presenter was at a meeting they attended, and how he did a computer mock-up showing “ideal,” Hollywood smiles for people, regardless if it fit in with their occlusion. Being inquisitive and respecting occlusion, I asked them what they do with that info.  They told me that they present it to their patients to get the “emotional sell” so that the patients want the smile so badly they are willing to have whatever done to the rest of their teeth to achieve it.

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