Archive for August, 2009

American Dental Association Continues to Suppress Competition

August 6, 2009

No doubt, we need a national healthcare emphasis on the connection of good oral health and its relationship to a healthy body, mind and spirit. It will take a team effort and this includes all professions involved with oral healthcare. The American Dental Association, due to its greed, wastes so much time and money pushing other professions away from the table and preventing our professions from serving those we have been trained and educated to serve.

The American Dental Association uses money to fight Dental Hygienists from having independent practices, the American Dental Association fights and prevents Denturists from having independent practices and in most cases funnels money to state dental associations to prosecute Denturists so they can’t provide affordable denture care to people with disparities. The American Dental Associations waste money fighting Alaska to prevent Dental Health Aide Therapists from providing dental services to the Natives of Alaska living in remote areas.

Is the American Dental Association really concerned about the American people’s dental needs? Yes, I think they are, as long as they can charge what they do and as long as they can keep people waiting for a month or two while the American Dental Association keeps the competition suppressed. I’m licensed and educated to provide affordable denture care as a Denturist. The American Dental Association’s money closed me down and keeps the Wyoming Legislature from regulating my profession. They used to call that a monopoly but the Federal Trade Commission turns their head as long as the American Dental Association claims I’m practicing dentistry without a license.

The money that the American Dental Association is spending on a campaign to polish up its public image; wouldn’t all this wasted time and money I’ve mentioned be better spent providing educational programs to the professions the ADA spends so much time and money fighting? Healthcare reform can not be about greed. Greed is what got us into this mess in the first place. It could be a team effort and I’m here to serve.

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