Archive for December, 2013

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

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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

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