Wyoming House of Representatives

February 15, 2016

Memo

 

To: Sixty-Third Wyoming House of Representatives
From: Gary W. Vollan L.D.
  P.O. Box 332
  Basin, Wyoming 82410-0332
Date: February 11, 2016
Re:  

Professional Recognition for Wyoming Denturists

   

Representative, thank you for your service. I’m a trained and educated denturist. I started in the dental profession in 1973 as a U.S. Navy dental technician, decorated for service as a Vietnam Veteran. I have three associate degrees, one as a dental lab tech and two in the denturist profession. I have a bachelor’s degree from the U. of Wyoming’s Leadership and Natural Resource program. I’m a licensed Oregon denturist (1993), keeping the required CE’s for maintaining my license thru June of 2016. My credentials will be provided upon request.

This is my eighth year in practice here at Dr. Nelson and Page, P.C., which includes Drs. Gilman, and Basse here in Worland.  I have been to a number of dental offices outside a protective, competitive, radius looking for more work due to the populous limitations in removable oral prostheses (dentures and partials) over the past eight years in Worland. Dentists in Cody and Powell, who have expressed interest in my skills, have expressed fear of opposition from the Wyoming Dental Board if they hire me. So I haven’t found any work outside the Worland area after three years of looking. I need more work. I have student loans to repay along with meeting the needs of my children.

Please consider voting for HB0144 for recognition of the denturist profession here in Wyoming, encouraging other denturist to come to Wyoming for jobs. Currently there are two denture technicians working with dentists in Wyoming who are interested in pursuing the educational requirements to be denturists. Some other points of interest follow.

  • Denturists and their specialty; being trained and educated in providing a service which saves dentists chairtime, for restorative, emergency, and time for children’s dental care, especially in rural Wyoming with limited dentists and large case loads.
  • Denturists do procedures and related activities pertaining to design, construction and fitting of removables (dentures and partials) for the fully or partially edentulous patient. Denturists communicate removables relating to patient needs.
  • Denturists encourage dentists to work with the elderly edentulous patient; having a denturist specialist to deal with problem cases, economic barriers, and Medicaid in reference to removables. Most dentists would rather work other segments of dentistry. Many dentists find removables time consuming with limited revenue. Time and money are saved due to the denturist’s productive service. Most patients can’t afford prosthodontists.
  • The edentulous population will continue to level off for decades, due to the public health epidemic of periodontal disease and the need for more “preventive” dental education in the lower elementary grades; showing the need for a bigger dental workforce not just in Wyoming but nationally; which should include denturists, dental therapists, and more independence for the hygienists; an outstanding profession.

 

 

References:

http://www.oregondenturist.org/professionals/becoming-a-denturist/
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Denturist/LicenseRequirements
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/denturist
http://americandenturistcollege.uberflip.com/i/458290-cohort-7-winter-2016-school-catalog-r1
https://denturist.wordpress.com/

http://nationaldenturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/NDA_Winter_2015_Magazine.pdf

http://nationaldenturist.com/events

http://www.wyomingstatedenturistassociation.org/

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

Why we should care about teeth whitening

June 11, 2014

Expect more out of the American Dental Association and Its State Dental Constituents

Thank you CNN for this opportunity to respond. Yes, things are out of hand with the American Dental Association not just with your freedom of choice for getting your teeth whitened at the mall, home, or dental office but corporate ADA and its state dental constituents, which includes state dental associations and state dental boards are restricting trained and educated denturists from practicing providing denture care directly to the public, with savings of over half of what dentists charge.

ADA has written policy against denturists and they have since the 1970’s. The American Dental Association has spent millions over decades lobbying D.C. and has spent thousands per state keeping denturists from practicing through the court system but many of my associates have been jailed losing their denture equipment, and eventually losing their homes and family due to the cost and trauma of fighting the state dental organizations in court for their right to practice as a denturist.

Some of the same fight happened in Alaska for dental health aide therapist to have the right to practice with the American Dental Association and Alaska Dental Association trying to shut them down. The American Dental Association and its state dental constituents have been brutally keeping competitors such as denturists, dental therapists, and dental health aide therapists from practicing along with dental hygienists in many states from seeking independence from the dental boards for better oral healthcare in the public service sector. We are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule; hopefully favorably, giving Americans more freedom of choice.

The denturist profession is regulated across Canada and in six U.S. states but the fight goes on for independent denturist boards and independent dental hygienists boards giving our professions the opportunity to better serve the American people with options and service while better meeting the needs of those unable to attain oral healthcare services due to economics or accessibility barriers.

This is just not about the American Dental Association and its state dental constituents closing down the local beauty solon because their service includes teeth whitening; its about a monopoly which corporate ADA continues to put in force by means of the court system both federal and state, the use of paying legislators both federal and state to keep competitors from providing services to Americans who should have the right to go to the dentist for that service or a trained, educated, and qualified alternative oral healthcare provider. Please let us serve.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association,
http://www.wysda.org
https://twitter.com/denturist2th
http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00000729

Reference to CNN article: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/10/why-we-should-care-about-teeth-whitening/

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By Global Public Square staff

All eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court this month as it issues its final decisions before recessing for the summer. When it comes back in session (on the first Monday of October), it will likely hear a critical case. But the case is not about money in politics or affirmative action or the powers of the presidency – it’s about whether you can get your teeth whitened at a kiosk in the mall.

What in the world?

You see, teeth whitening services have been in high demand since 1989. And, as with any billion-dollar business, people are keen to capitalize on the trend. In 2003, non-dentists in North Carolina started to provide peroxide whitening at significantly lower prices than dentists.

Not surprisingly, the dentists started complaining.

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June 11, 2014

Expect more out of the American Dental Association and Its State Dental Constituents

Thank you CNN for this opportunity to respond. Yes, things are out of hand with the American Dental Association not just with your freedom of choice for getting your teeth whitened at the mall, home, or dental office but corporate ADA and its state dental constituents, which includes state dental associations and state dental boards are restricting trained and educated denturists from practicing providing denture care directly to the public, with savings of over half of what dentists charge.

ADA has written policy against denturists and they have since the 1970’s. The American Dental Association has spent millions over decades lobbying D.C. and has spent thousands per state keeping denturists from practicing through the court system but many of my associates have been jailed losing their denture equipment, and eventually losing their homes and family due to the cost and trauma of fighting the state dental organizations in court for their right to practice as a denturist.

Some of the same fight happened in Alaska for dental health aide therapist to have the right to practice with the American Dental Association and Alaska Dental Association trying to shut them down. The American Dental Association and its state dental constituents have been brutally keeping competitors such as denturists, dental therapists, and dental health aide therapists from practicing along with dental hygienists in many states from seeking independence from the dental boards for better oral healthcare in the public service sector. We are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule; hopefully favorably, giving Americans more freedom of choice.

The denturist profession is regulated across Canada and in six U.S. states but the fight goes on for independent denturist boards and independent dental hygienists boards giving our professions the opportunity to better serve the American people with options and service while better meeting the needs of those unable to attain oral healthcare services due to economics or accessibility barriers.

This is just not about the American Dental Association and its state dental constituents closing down the local beauty solon because their service includes teeth whitening; its about a monopoly which corporate ADA continues to put in force by means of the court system both federal and state, the use of paying legislators both federal and state to keep competitors from providing services to Americans who should have the right to go to the dentist for that service or a trained, educated, and qualified alternative oral healthcare provider. Please let us serve.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, http://www.wysda.org
https://twitter.com/denturist2th
http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00000729

Reference to CNN article:
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/10/why-we-should-care-about-teeth-whitening/

Needed Action of Innovative and Progressive Dental Workforce Models

December 31, 2013

The needed action of innovative and progressive dental workforce models include denturists, dental therapists, dental health aide therapists, and independent practices and boards for dental hygienists for better public health service.  Open the flood gates of oral healthcare providers for all Americans across our nation, through more affordable and alternative delivery methods and models.

What about something as simple as regulating the denturist profession nationally. Most denturists are educated in oral healthcare, providing more affordable and quality oral prostheses care and referral services. Denturists, free-up dental chairtime for children, emergencies, and restorative procedures, providing full and partial denture services directly to those who are edentulous. Denturists are regulated in six states which include Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Maine. In all but Arizona denturists operate independently.

In Wyoming, an unregulated state, I work with four dentists in one office providing most of the removable prosthesis procedures. I’m a graduate of two denturist programs and a licensed Oregon denturist. It works. I continue to advocate for recognition and independence as a regulated, Wyoming licensed denturist.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, www.wysda.org

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

Open Letter to Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

December 31, 2013

“In addition to comment on this proposed standards document, the Task Force on Development of Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy Education Programs and Commission are seeking feedback related to the program track for dental therapy education. The proposed standards are presented as an independent dental therapy track not related to prior dental hygiene education, though advanced standing is permissible.”(1)

“The Task Force and Commission will accept comment on the proposed track as presented in this document. Specifically, is the non-dental hygiene track appropriate or should the proposed dental therapy education standards be modified to support a dental hygiene track?
Written comments on this question will be accepted until December 1, 2013.
Appendix VI Proposed Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy Education CODA Winter 2013″(1)

To: Dr. Sherin Tooks, 19th Floor
Director, Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Dr. Sherin Tooks,

“Feedback related to the program track for dental therapy education. Specifically, is the non-dental hygiene track appropriate or should the proposed dental therapy education standards be modified to support a dental hygiene track?” (1)

Yes, the non-dental hygiene track is important and appropriate. There should also be a dental hygiene track with expanded duties but not to the extent of burdening the hygiene profession; displacing the hygiene profession from public health responsibilities and the time needed for preventive education corresponding with early childhood education.  Dental hygienists should be trained for public health emergencies, working side by side with public health nurses. 

Both tracks are important for meeting the oral healthcare needs of our nation. I served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a “Class A School” Dental Technician with duties and responsibilities as a chairside technician, dental hygienist, and lab technician. I was stationed with the Marines, at Parris Island, S.C. recruit depot. We had extended duties (depending on which dentist you worked with) that included simple extractions, suturing and removal, carving amalgams, giving injections, along with many others duties which would include helping the medical corpsmen with surgeries and procedures at other duty stations. 

“The dental therapist is a member of the oral healthcare team, who is supervised by a licensed dentist that is responsible for diagnosis, risk assessment, prognosis, and treatment planning for the patient.”(1)

The dental therapist concept has been a military concept and working model in branches of the U.S. military, providing oral health services to large numbers of recruits and military personnel (patients), especially when there were fewer dentists. The proposed DT accreditation standards for education look good. Thank you for your request of service.

Gary W. Vollan L.D., vollan@tctwest.net  307-568-2047
State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association
www.wysda.org

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

(1) http://www.ada.org/sections/educationAndCareers/pdfs/proposed_dental_therapy.pdf

Corporate abuse by Super Pac ADA

December 27, 2013

Corporate abuse by Super Pac ADA: suppressing and keeping competition away, working against ADA’s own nonprofit vision and mission statement.

The American Dental Association and its state dental constituents have too much federal and state lobbying power over our right to make our own oral healthcare choices. ADA lobbyist, limit transparency by federal and state government agencies; encouraging the agencies from recognizing and reporting statistics regarding the denturist profession.

Freedom of Choice

You know people I’m really tired of the American Dental Association thinking it’s in control of our dental and oral healthcare choices. We need more choices. We don’t need ADA and its state dental constituents, both state dental associations and state dental boards limiting our choices. Please consider this open letter to corporate ADA.

Corporate ADA! WE THE PEOPLE can decide what is best in meeting our oral healthcare needs. WE want the freedom to decide. The American Dental Association and its state dental constituents need to stick to dental research and policing its own members. Quit taking our freedom of choice away. Your greed is hurting too many Americans.

Quit persecuting qualified denturists. Denturists need the freedom to serve the people of our Nation in what we’ve been trained and educated to do; providing removable oral prostheses (denture) care directly to the public for better access and affordable care.

Denturists are tired of corporate ADA shutting us down, putting us in jail, taking our equipment away because we are competitors. Americans need choices in providers for oral healthcare. We need midlevel providers such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, and dental therapists. We need the freedom to go directly to a dental hygienist for x-rays and cleanings without paying the high cost of dentists overhead.

We need the freedom to have our teeth whitened at the mall, our home, or dental office. Let us decide what is best for ourselves. Let us make our own oral healthcare decisions regarding providers. Deciding to go to the dentist office is one choice. We need more choices.

Gary W. Vollan L.D., vollan@tctwest.net  307-568-2047

State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association

 www.wysda.org

  https://twitter.com/denturist2th

 http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00000729

Fragmentize the Dental Professions to Meet the Oral Healthcare Needs of Americans

November 16, 2013

 

Too many Americans deal with little or no oral healthcare until the onset of aggressive periodontitis and pain; limiting their treatment options.

We need dental hygienists at schools and public health facilities. We need independent practices for dental hygienists nationally, so hygienists can have the freedom to work independently on the public health level providing services where needed, especially for oral health education in the early years of the public school systems.

We need dental therapists/dental health aide therapists for extended hands on dental procedures through dental teams working convalescent/retirement facilities, prisons, and Indian reservations.

We need denturists, providing removable oral prostheses care and referral services; freeing up dental chairtime for children, emergency, and restorative care.

We need more rural community health/dental clinics including mobile dental units traveling to rural areas.

We need ADA to change its existing ill-fated and outdated polices currently in place on workforce issues and exchange them for common sense policy recommendations by the U.S. Surgeon Generals and other oral health organizations.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, www.wysda.org

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

Expect More of the American Dental Association and its State Dental Constituents

October 5, 2013

Common sense policy recommendations by the U.S. Surgeon Generals and other oral health organizations are not implemented by the American Dental Association. Specifically, the need for change in ADAs existing ill-fated and outdated polices currently in place on workforce issues.
 
More diversity is needed on state dental boards for oversight of improved consumer protection and meeting oral healthcare needs; better and logical decisions in continued education requirements, expanded duties, and jurisprudence.  The acknowledgement of more intrinsic connections between the mouth and the rest of the body should involve a medical doctor on all state dental boards. The dental board should consist of no more than two dentists, one medical doctor, public health specialist and three ordinary citizens.
 
We need dental hygienists at schools and public health facilities. We need independent practices for dental hygienists so they can have the freedom to work independently on the public health level providing services where needed, especially for oral health education in the early years of the public school systems.
 
We need dental therapists/dental health aide therapists for extended hands on dental procedures through dental teams working convalescent/retirement facilities, prisons, and Indian reservations.
 
We need more rural community health/dental clinics including mobile dental units traveling to rural areas, to include oral healthcare providers. Let denturists do the removables; freeing up dental chairtime for children, emergency, and restorative care.
 
Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, www.wysda.org

August 1, 2012

Add your thoughts here… (optional)The announcement of Dr. Calnon’s appointment as Oral Health Acting Director, for Eastman leaves me bewildered knowing the intensity of the current dental and oral healthcare crises taking place in America. As a licensed denturist, I strive to push legislators and referendums here in Wyoming and across America to regulate the denturist profession in order that denturists can provide the services we’ve been trained and educated to provide. We have the right to provide these services as oral healthcare providers. There are several evidence based working models associated with six U.S. states along with all Canadian Providences showing the denturist profession has proven to work and there is no logical reason why denturists shouldn’t be providing denture and referral services for Americans across our Nation. Dr. Calnons responsibility to address these problems as president of the American Dental Association has yet to come as Dr. Calnon continues to spread his leadership too thin and ADA’s leadership continues to be out of touch with the American people’s oral healthcare needs.

Looking over Eastman’s website, I was encouraged by “Eastman Dental Demonstrates Social Work’s Critical Role” page. ADA’s launch of its new website page, MouthHealthy.org. is a small tip of the iceberg in meeting the oral health needs of our Nation. The American Dental Association needs to open its communiqué to other oral healthcare professions; to open the flood gates of oral healthcare services for all Americans through more affordable and alternative delivery systems; such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, dental therapists, and independent practices and boards for dental hygienists. Where is ADA’s leadership? Free-up the oral healthcare professions! “Dentists alone can not bring about the needed change to correct the disparities and in access to dental health and oral healthcare”(1). If the American Dental Association would quit squeezing out competition it would free up more chairtime for children. ADA’s self-serving political agenda is hurting those in need of dental and oral healthcare by suppressing qualified competitors who provide dental and oral health care services to people with disparities.

If ADA and its state constituents are so concerned about public safety; then pitch in some of the millions of dollars used for lobbying against competitors, and use it for education and training. Let educated and trained denturists do the dentures and partials. Help us build schools for allied oral healthcare professions such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, and dental therapists. Free up dental hygienists so they can regulate their own profession on a public health level. Corporate ADA needs to release its monopolistic grip on qualified competitors. Free market dentistry needs to expand so more Americans can have their dental needs met. The American Dental Association works against its own vision and mission statement by suppressing competition that has been trained and educated in providing dental and oral health care services to people with disparities. ADA; LET US SERVE OUR COUNTRY!

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
State Coordinator; Wyoming State Denturist Assn., http://www.wysda.org
P.O. Box 332, Basin, Wyoming 82410 vollan@tctwest.net

1) http://www.ada.org/prof/r…_access_whitepaper.pdf
2) http://urdentistrynews.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/dr-bill-calnon-appointed-eastman-institute-for-oral-health-acting-director/

Open Letter to the American Dental Association: Giving Americans a “D” in Oral Health

July 18, 2012

Open Letter to the American Dental Association: Giving Americans a “D” in Oral Health

Regarding the article, American Dental Association Releases Oral Health Survey(1) , William Calnon, ADA’s president stated, “the results of the survey were quite shocking…” Dr. Calnon along with ADA’s past leadership continues to be out of touch with the American people’s oral healthcare needs. ADA’s launch of its new website, MouthHealthy.org. is a small tip of the iceberg in meeting the oral health needs of our Nation. The American Dental Association needs to open its communiqué to other oral healthcare professions; to open the flood gates of oral healthcare services for all Americans through more affordable and alternative delivery systems; such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, dental therapists, and independent practices and boards for dental hygienists. Where is ADA’s leadership? Free-up the oral healthcare professions! “Dentists alone can not bring about the needed change to correct the disparities and in access to dental health and oral healthcare”(2) . If the American Dental Association would quit squeezing out competition it would free up more chairtime for children. ADA’s self-serving political agenda is hurting those in need of dental and oral healthcare by suppressing qualified competitors who provide dental and oral health care services to people with disparities.

If ADA and its state constituents are so concerned about public safety; then pitch in some of the millions of dollars used for lobbying against competitors, and use it for education and training. Let educated and trained denturists do the dentures and partials. Help us build schools for allied oral healthcare professions such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, and dental therapists. Free up dental hygienists so they can regulate their own profession on a public health level. Corporate ADA needs to release its monopolistic grip on qualified competitors. Free market dentistry needs to expand so more Americans can have their dental needs met.

As far as the ADA survey and giving Americans a “D” for oral health; this “D” is the result of decades of mismanagement and poor leadership within the American Dental Association; which has scored an “F” for failing to give the American people access to allied dental health care professionals; due to corporate ADA’s greed and quest for control which is failing to meet the dental needs of most Americans. Societies, both nationally and internationally; such as, CDC’s Oral Health(3), IADR-AADR, International Association for Dental Research; American Association for Dental Research(4), WHO Global Oral Health(5), FDI World Dental Federation(6), need to expect more from the American Dental Association’s leadership for global representation. Corporate ADA has the power and money to change the current dental and oral healthcare delivery system for the better if Americans would speak out against the American Dental Associations deceiving and pacifying public relations campaign for a better public image. The American Dental Association works against its own vision and mission statement by suppressing competition that has been trained and educated in providing dental and oral health care services to people with disparities. ADA; LET US SERVE OUR COUNTRY!

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
State Coordinator; Wyoming State Denturist Assn., www.wysda.org
P.O. Box 332, Basin, Wyoming 82410 vollan@tctwest.net

1 http://www.dentistryiq.com/news/2012/07/16/american-dental-association-releases-oral-health-survey.html 

2 http://www.ada.org/prof/r…_access_whitepaper.pdf
3 http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/index.htm
4 http://www.iadr.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3533
5 http://www.mah.se/CAPP/Contact-us/

6 http://www.fdiworldental.org/web/guest/about-us#missions