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 needs.

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 DHA

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

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00pm CST

Join members of ADHA’s New Professional Advisory Group in a discussion on how to engage and support the future of ADHA and the dental hygiene profession!

ADHA National Board Review Course

Live sessions of the ADHA National Board Review course will be held for four consecutive Saturdays beginning January 14th through February 4th. The course costs $295 for ADHA student members, $395 for nonmembers. Crest P&G is providing a limited number of swag bags for students who register early.  Students can also take advantage of the On-Demand course that is available through December. For more information, visit http://www.adha.org/nbr-winter

 

National Dental Hygiene Month Draws to a Close

National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM2016) has come to an end, but ADHA and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program are encouraging dental hygienists to keep the conversation about the Daily 4 going. Please continue to share these valuable resources that highlight the importance of a regular oral health routine.

CDC Releases Vital Signs Report on Dental Sealants

The CDC recently released the latest Vital Signs report, which focuses on dental sealants. The full report, a downloadable fact sheet and sharable statistics can be found here.

Volunteer, Award & Grant Opportunities

ADHA Elected Office & District Trustee Bio Data Forms Now Available!

Any active members may declare their candidacy for an elected position by notifying the Nominating Committee and by submitting their Bio-Data Form for Candidates for Elected Office by February 6, 2017. Visit http://www.adha.org/volunteer-information for more details!

Award Applications Available

Apply for an ADHA award for the 2017 Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the 94th Annual Session. Applications and criteria are now available. The awards are great opportunities to recognize outstanding ADHA members and many include financial assistance to attend #CLL2017 in Jacksonville.

 

Community Service Grant and Research Grant Applications Will Be Accepted Beginning November 1

IOH will be accepting Community Service and Research Grant applications from ADHA members beginning November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

The Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grant promotes collaboration between individuals or local components of the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association and community agencies that help underserved populations by providing the preventive benefits of fluoride varnish.

The Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant provides funding for dental hygienists who are involved in a community service project that includes oral health education and heightens the public view of the professional role dental hygienists play in health improvement.

Research Grants support advancements in the dental hygiene field through the discovery and application of knowledge which includes original research, developmental prospects and qualitative and quantitative research.

Advocating on Behalf of Members and the Profession

DentaQuest Foundation Meetings

ADHA CEO Ann Battrell, MSDH recently attended two DentaQuest Foundation meetings that incorporated oral health more deeply into overall health care and education. The National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health 2016 Symposium focused on the integration of oral health services into primary care, which would allow dental hygienists to practice to the top of their scope. 

The Oral Health 2020 (OH2020) meeting connected oral health to lifelong wellbeing and positioned oral health as a social justice issue. Below are the overall vision and goals for OH2020. Dental hygienists can be the agents of change to help advance these goals and achieve this vision.

 

American Association of Dental Administrators (AADA)

ADHA presented to the AADA Board on October 16 in Denver, CO.  The presentation, “Dental Hygiene:  The Evolving Profession,” focused on direct access and information on dental therapy.  It was an engaging presentation that correlated with our new Strategic Plan, specifically supporting the dental hygiene profession and advancing the profession.

 National Council of State Legislators (NCSL)

While in Denver to attend the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual meeting, ADHA Director of Governmental Affairs, Ann Lynch met with oral health policy staff from NCSL.  NCSL is in the process of updating their website resources in oral health and considers ADHA a premiere resource in this effort.  They are particularly interested in direct access, mid-level providers and prescriptive authority for dental hygienists.  As we continue to advocate on behalf of our members and the profession we will continue to look for ways to serve as a resource for policy makers.

 

American Association of Dental Boards (AADB)

ADHA presented at the AADB’s semi-annual meeting on October 18 in Denver.  We were asked to present on dental hygiene practice, with a specific focus on direct access opportunities and licensure portability.  ADHA’s presentation, “Dental Hygiene Licensure:  Practice and Portability,” featured President Betty Kabel, RDH, BS, and ADHA members Paige McEvoy, RDH, MS, Colorado Dental Board Member, and Yadira Martinez, RDH, Oregon Dental Board Member, and ADHA Director of Governmental Affairs Ann Lynch. We know how license portability is of great importance to many of our members and we continue to champion this issue.

ADHA signs onto Federal Appropriations Request

ADHA was pleased to sign onto Friends of HRSA (a coalition of 170 national organizations committed to programs that promote a healthy nation) joint letters urging Senate and House Appropriations leadership to provide $7.48 billion for discretionary HRSA programs in the final FY 2017 spending agreement.  This would restore the cuts to the programs that were included in the HHS funding bill that passed the House and Senate Appropriations Committees earlier this year.  Additional organizations to sign the letter include:  the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association for Dental Research, the American Dental Education Association, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Other ADHA Updates

Table Clinic Format Change

Undergraduate dental hygiene program directors have been informed of the change in display format for undergraduate table clinics.  2017 will be a transition year for a change in display format for undergraduate table clinics. Students can either display on the traditional tri-fold board or the new poster format.  In 2018, all table clinic research will be displayed using a poster.  Any questions regarding the change should be sent to Emily Ellert at emilye@adha.net.

Of course, as always, if you have any questions about any of the material in this email, or if I can be of service to any of you in any way, please contact me by phone or email. I’m here for you!

Annette Lincicome, BS, RDH

ADHA District XII Trustee

7914 Fall Harvest Drive

Las Vegas, NV 89147

Cell: 702-376-4029

Email: annettel@adha.net

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 tooth crowns,
    bridges, veneers, or denture fabrication.

ADHA strives to expand access to oral health care for all Americans. Its policies
support the development of a mid-level oral health practitioner defined as a
licensed dental hygienist who has graduated from an accredited dental hygiene
program and who provides primary oral health care directly to patients to promote
and restore oral health through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation and
referral services. This provider must meet the educational requirements to provide
services within an expanded scope of care and practices under regulations set forth
by the appropriate licensing agency.

View the press release here.