New Rules on SDF Application by Dental Hygienists Take Effect

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New rules governing the application of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) by dental hygienists have officially taken effect as of Aug. 14. Under the new rules adopted by the Colorado Dental Board, hygienists can now apply SDF when working in collaboration with a licensed dentist. To qualify, a licensed dental hygienist must complete a live, interactive training course offered by a …

New Rules Adopted on Application of SDF by Dental Hygienists

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On June 14, the Colorado Dental Board adopted new rules governing the application of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) by dental hygienists. Under these rules, which take effect Aug. 14, dental hygienists will be able to apply SDF when working in collaboration with a licensed dentist. To qualify to apply SDF, a licensed dental hygienist must first complete at least a …

Adjust Your Prescribing Practices: New Law Limits Opioid Prescriptions

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On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB18-22: Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This state law limits the number of opioid pills that can be prescribed by all healthcare providers. Colorado dentists who prescribe opioids are affected by this new law. Though there is likely to be some enforcement flexibility to start, you should make changes in your prescribing practices now, …

Colorado Dental Board Needs New Member

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The Colorado Dental Board currently has an open seat. Oral surgeons, in particular, are encouraged to apply, though general dentists and other dental specialists also may apply for future open positions on the board. To apply, go to the Colorado Dental Board website to fill out the Boards and Commissions Application. Applicants must be permanent residents of Colorado and registered …

Dental Board to Hold Silver Diamine Fluoride Hearing

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On June 14, the Colorado Dental Board is holding its next rulemaking hearing on Rule XXVI, the Application of Silver Diamine Fluoride by Dental Hygienists. The CDA recommends oral health professionals in the state weigh in on these rulemaking decisions. When making its decision to adopt the rule, the board is looking to identify its effect on consumers, positive or …

The Halfway Point: Mid-Term Legislative Update

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HB 1045 Signed into Law Dental hygienists soon can administer silver diamine fluoride in cooperation with a dentist.  On Thursday, March 22, Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB18-1045 into law. The bill authorizes dental hygienists, who have received appropriate training, to administer SDF when working in cooperation with a dentist. Prior to the passage of this bill, the Colorado Dental Board …

Under the Gold Dome

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The CDA had a busy fall with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes, debating a number of issues that can impact dentists and dental offices. The CDA is always working to protect and improve the practice environment and parameters …

Meeting to Look at Limited Prescriptive Authority for Hygienists

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A Colorado Dental Board stakeholder meeting will be held at noon Jan. 3, 2018, to collect input on draft revisions to Rule XIII – Limited Prescriptive Authority for Dental Hygienists. Draft Rules Download the official notice and draft rules for the stakeholder meeting. 3 Ways to Participate In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250A, Denver, CO 80202. …

Vacancies on Dental Board and Senior Dental Advisory Committee

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The Colorado Dental Board will have two open seats beginning in January – one for a dentist and one for a public member. The Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions is accepting applications for these positions. Pediatric dentists in particular are encouraged to apply. The CDA extends its sincere thanks to former Colorado Dental Board Chair Dr. Lisa Fox and …

Proposed Opioid Prescribing Reforms

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An interim legislative task force met over the summer to discuss Colorado’s current opioid abuse epidemic and possible solutions. The task force has primarily focused on prescribing behavior, among numerous other topics ranging from education and prevention to treatment options. Possible prescriber reforms the task force discussed included opioid reduction CE for providers, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system improvements, …