Next Board of Dental Examiners Meeting

View the official public notice here.   BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS VIDEOCONFERENCE THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, DIVISION OF CORPORATIONS, BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSING, HEREBY ANNOUNCES THE FORTHCOMING MEETING: BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS (907) 465-2542 August 18, 2017. Videoconference between SOB, 333 Willoughby Ave, 9th Floor, Conf. Rm B, Juneau & Atwood Building, 550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1760, Anchorage. Call the number listed above for more information before 4pm on Aug 17. Individuals or groups of people with disabilities who require special accommodations, auxiliary aids or service, or alternative communication formats, call the Director of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, (907) 465-2538, or TDD (907) 465-5437. Please provide advance notice in order for the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to accommodate your...

Attention Alaska RDH’s!

This is a call to action! Please send in your comments either electronically or by mail no later than July 20th, 2017 to express your concerns about the recent proposed changes to licensing fees as it pertains to the administration of nitrous oxide. Our voices matter and it is important that everyone send in their thoughts and comments. The Alaska DHA is always working on your behalf and a letter has been written for public comment. Please join forces with the Alaska DHA in submitting your comments to the Alaska Department of Professional Licensing today! We are stronger together! Sincerely, Lisa Bryant, RDH, BSDH President, Alaska...

District XII News

Greetings District XII! Fall is flying by! Soon we will be in the middle of the holiday season, but before we get there, I want to share the exciting ADHA Fall News with you. This is a busy time of year with lots of constituent meetings and elections taking place. Before you gather to do the important business of your states, I hope you’ll read through this email so you can take advantage of your time together to incorporate the news in this email into your networking. Happy reading! Member Resources & Benefits Dental Hygiene Diagnosis White Paper (NEW) The Dental Hygiene Diagnosis white paper is now available for download.  This new document aims to assist dental hygiene educators in teaching the dental hygiene diagnosis to students, assist practicing dental hygienists in the correct application of the dental hygiene diagnosis, and serve as an explanatory resource for policymakers as they consider legislation related to dental hygiene scope of practice.   ADHA Volunteer Leadership Webinar Series (NEW) ADHA officially kicked off our Volunteer Leadership Webinar Series. Our first installment “Restructuring your Components” was aimed at constituent leaders and saw 75 registrants from 27 states and 50 attendees from 20 states.  A great conversation was had and we look forward to more sessions like this. If you’d like to view the webinar in its entirety, click here. Reminder: two more sessions will be coming up in November and December and are no charge to ADHA members.  Register below: 1.     Recruitment Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00pm CST Come hear about ADHA’s national recruitment strategy and how your constituent or component can aid in our efforts! 2.     Engaging New Professionals...

ADHA: Dental Therapists Now Recognized in Vermont

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is proud to announce the creation of a dental therapist in Vermont. Vermont joins Maine and Minnesota in recognizing these oral health workforce models, along with tribal lands in Alaska. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed Senate Bill 20 into law on June 20, 2016. This new member of the oral health team would increase access for Vermonters and provide additional career opportunities for dental hygienists. To be licensed as a dental therapist in Vermont, among other requirements, you must be a licensed dental hygienist and complete a dental therapy graduate program from an institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The dental therapist will provide oral health care services that include: prevention, evaluation, and assessment; education; palliative therapy; and restoration under the general supervision of a dentist within the parameters of a written collaborative agreement. The collaborative agreement outlines the practice settings and supervision required. A sample of the oral health care services a dental therapist may perform include: Oral health instruction and disease prevention education, including nutritional counseling and dietary analysis. Exposing radiographs. Oral evaluation and assessment of dental disease. Dental prophylaxis. Applying topical preventive or prophylactic agents, including fluoride varnishes, antimicrobial agents, and pit and fissure sealants. Administering local anesthetic. Placement of temporary restorations. Interim therapeutic restorations. Placement of temporary and preformed crowns. Formulating an individualized treatment plan, including services within the dental therapist’s scope of practice and referral for services outside the dental therapist’s scope of practice. Prescribing, dispensing, and administering analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics, except Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances. Administering nitrous oxide. Extractions of primary teeth. Restoring primary and permanent teeth, not including permanent...