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December 31, 2011

Wyoming Top Blogs » Wyoming State Denturist Association or » Denturists and the Wyoming Dental Practice Act » Public Blog Aggregator of Wyoming (WY)

Occupy the Denturist Profession

December 28, 2011

This is my fight against corporate greed that affects each and every one of us unable to afford needed dental work. We are in need of midlevel dental and oral health care providers that are independent; not subject to the American Dental Association policies.

If corporate ADA would quit squeezing out competition it would free up more chairtime for children, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dental procedures but instead, the ADA lobbies federal and state legislators to disregard legislation that would regulate the denturist profession in many states that include Kentucky and Wyoming. The ADA spends money to persecute denturists.

The ADA lobbied for exclusion of language to expand the dental health aide therapists programs. The American Dental Association, wasted money fighting Alaska and lost; trying to prevent dental health aide therapists from providing dental services to Natives of Alaska living in remote areas. The ADA lobbies to suppress dental hygienists from having independent boards and practices.

The ADA’s self-serving political agenda is hurting consumers by suppressing qualified competitors that provide oral health services to those with disparities. The American Dental Association works against its vision and mission statement by suppressing competition that has been trained and educated in providing oral health care services to those that are unable to pay the high prices charged by dentist leaving Americans without needed dental care.

Many people do without needed dental care because of high prices charged by dentist; not being eligible for Medicaid, low income programs and not having dental healthcare insurance.

Corporate ADA has power and money to change the current dental care 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.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.

State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association

American Dental Association’s Mission

December 27, 2011

The American Dental Association needs to lighten up on competition, such as denturists, dental health aide therapists and independent practices for dental hygienist. It spends more time and money fighting these professions when it could be a positive influence on creating entry level education for these professions in high schools and junior colleges. The American Dental Association specializes in greed and control and is not seeing the big picture of its own vision and mission statements. State dental associations are following ADA’s leadership.

The American Dental Association needs to open schools and dental education for the previous listed dental professions, start more dental programs in community clinics, let dental hygienist have their own boards so they can govern themselves; being more effective in prevention and public health areas. ADA needs to quit prosecuting and shutting down denturists across our nation as they have in my case here in Wyoming. This will help with the bigger mission and vision of better oral healthcare which contributes to better overall health for our children, senior citizens, and others in need of affordable dental care.

It will also create jobs in the public sector, spreading the workforce; alleviating pressure on targeted, geographic dental clinics, giving the public more access to oral healthcare professionals. A bigger dental workforce helps the dental professions ability to meet the lacking dental needs in institutions, such as prisons, convalescent and retirement centers across our nation.

This positive and more productive redirection for the American Dental Association would definitely change ADA’s public image in meeting their dental needs, more so then a mere $75 winnings, ADA’s offer to the public for a website design idea, to better ADA’s image sometime back. Seventy-five dollars won’t even cover an exam and x-rays in most dental clinics. Blessing’s for the New Year.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
Coordinator for the Wyoming State Denturist Association

Denturists and the Wyoming Dental Practice Act

December 26, 2011

Dear Wyoming Legislators,

Okay, now what? The Wyoming Dental Board took away my impression privileges, I told you about sometime back as rule change forthcoming for the Wyoming Dental Practice Act. We have a shortage of dentists in areas of Wyoming and now it is mandatory that dentists take the master or final impression even though I and qualified dental chairside assistants and dental hygienist have been trained and educated in taking master and final impressions as a part of our daily procedures. My impressions have been next to excellent as the supporting foundation for removable procedures offered in services to our patients at Dr. Nelson’s, Page’s, Gilman’s and Basse’s dental office in Worland, Wyoming for the past four years. Let me guess as to what office they will watch for the new rules in impression taking requirements. My doctors have already received a warning letter from the state dental board. My dentists are the best in the state as far as empathy, quality and affordable prices for needed dental care. Wasn’t it enough in accordance to the Wyoming District and Supreme Court, that I work under the dentist’s umbrella? This is ridiculous.

I just finished the last of my classes to graduate in May of 2012 with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wyoming. Since we are unable to pass legislation for a denturist program for the Wyoming people; will you consider passing legislation for a Dental Health Aide Therapists program such as approved in Alaska and some other states. These programs will provide better access to oral health care for the Wyoming people and I am willing to get the required education for a Wyoming DHAT program as long as I can provide removable oral prosthesis care. Kansas legislators are at this time considering a program.

The Wyoming people need alternatives to affordable dental care. Many are doing without needed care, especially seniors. The new rules changes for master and final impressions submitted and passed by the Wyoming Dental Board is a good example for the need of the Wyoming State Legislators to act in the best interest of the Wyoming people and their medical and dental needs. Why did the Wyoming Dental Board consider expanding duties for dentists when dental assistants, dental hygienists and denturists in Wyoming were doing a fine job in what they’ve been trained and educated in doing; giving dentists the time most needed in emergency and quality dental care for children and other Wyoming citizens?

Gary W. Vollan L.D.

Wyoming Denturist

Wyoming State Denturist Association