Archive for the ‘affordable denture care’ Category

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We need ADA to change its existing ill-fated and outdated polices currently in place on workforce issues and exchange them for common sense policy recommendations by the U.S. Surgeon Generals and other oral health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


Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room

March 2, 2012

Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room.

We are in need of more community dental clinics across our nation. 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.

The American Dental Association’s lack of leadership, mismanagement, and decades of irreversible trends, some being history while others continue today; is the leading factor for unmet dental needs in our nation. These trends and policies include racial and gender discrimination, unnecessary extractions and placement of dentures as a treatment plan, mandated and excessive use of fluoride, the use of mercury in restorations and ADA policies which prevent Americans from receiving oral healthcare by suppressing qualified competitors that provide oral health services to those with disparities.

The American Dental Association works against its own 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.

The American Dental Association’s waste of time and money, spent on lobbying and ADA’s strong arm tactics against competitors such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, and independent practices of dental hygienists needs to change for better production in meeting the oral health needs of Americans.

 This wasted money could be used in further educating the professions ADA fights against in alleviating ADA’s bogus public safety concerns. Corporate ADA could take portions of the millions of dollars it uses for lobbying and fighting against its competitors and instead, send each state, grants to compensate dentists who except Medicaid recipients. The American Dental Association could provide grants for dental programs in community healthcare centers across America. This would greatly improve our Nations oral healthcare concerns and unmet dental needs.  

Gary W. Vollan L.D.        

State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association


Wyoming SF0038 Dies; Regulating Denturists for Wyoming People: What will be wrong?

February 16, 2010

More adherences to the Surgeon General’s Oral Health Care Plan

More oral health checks

More abnormalities referred out to specialists

More denture care will take place due to accessibility and affordability

More will eat and live healthier due to having dentures that are functional

More job readiness for those in recovery programs due to dentures and esthetic reasons

More job creations due to hiring denturists and denturist’s offices hiring

More state revenue due to denturists licensing

More dentist chairtime being freed for children, restorative, cosmetic and emergency procedures

More denture care providers to service those at nursing homes and other institutions

More denturists trained and educated at one of Wyoming’s junior colleges

What will be wrong? Nothing more than a little turf issue with the American Dental Association and a few dentists.

Oh, The American Dental Association Is Getting Its Behind Chewed?

July 29, 2009

(*Please see associated story link below)

It sounds like things are catching up with ADA’s bad business policies. It’s nice to see others coming out against the American Dental Association’s unethical business tactics. Accountability is long overdue.

The ADA has put in place a PR campaign to boost it public image while at the same time the ADA’s leadership continues to express liberal waste and corporate greed over provisions of affordable dental services to those people most in need. ADA’s policies discriminate against the economically disadvantaged Americans by their corporate power of stopping and discouraging competition.

What right does the ADA have to muscle out competition? Does the American Dental Association get Federal money and grants? Is the American Dental Association really concerned about the American people’s dental needs? Why does the ADA waste so much time and money persecuting denturist to keep them from providing affordable denture care services to people in need? What about the money ADA wasted fighting dental health aide therapist in Alaska? What about the money the American Dental Association wastes each year fighting independent practices keeping dental hygienists from better serving the children and adults with preventive dentistry being more accessible and affordable?

Denturists, across America are trying to provide affordable denture care service to the people that are economically disadvantaged but instead we are forced to use our resources to defend our education and our right to serve. Here in the U.S., the American Dental Association does everything it can to suppress the denturist profession across the nation, with ADA’s monopolistic grip on dentures and their inflated pricing, leaving the edentulous, denture-less.

Denturists, dental health aide therapists and independent practices of dental hygienists are harassed and discriminated against by the American Dental Association. The answer to healthcare economics, shortages, and quality care is MORE COMPETITION. We need independent practices and more college programs for dental hygienists, denturists and dental health aide therapists. The American Dental Association could better spend its money on establishing accredited colleges and programs for the above listed professions so more segments of our society can receive affordable needed dental services.

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


Denturists Persecuted by the American Dental Association

July 23, 2009


Despite being persecuted by the American Dental Association, denturists continue to push for the right to provide oral health screenings and referral services for those in need of denture care. The denturist is qualified to provide oral health screenings and referrals. With the nation wide shortage of dentist and the high cost of denture care by dentists; denture care by denturists has proven to be a safe alternative denture delivery system in six states in the U.S. and across Canada. Denturists are required to obtain education and training in oral health at an accredited college.

Denturists serve all segments of the public, especially people in nursing homes and those with disparities, providing accessible and affordable quality denture care. This is an opportunity for oral health wellness to be recognized by a qualified, educated denturist and referral services provided in the event that abnormalities are found.  The denturist plays a crucial part in alleviating the aftermath of the shortage of dentists by freeing up valuable chair time for restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dental care for children and adults across our nation.

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) statement on oral health care includes policy recommendations. Excerpts from AADR policy statement released July 14, 2009, titled “Oral Health Care within Healthcare Reform,” [1] include the following.

  • “Recent dental research findings are uncovering the full extent to which oral health is linked to general health.” [1]
  •  “However, advances in care and treatment models have not been shared equally by all Americans, and the physical and economic burden of oral disease continues to outweigh that of other more commonly covered diseases and conditions.” [1]

“In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General called the nation’s attention to the importance of oral health with the landmark report “Oral Health in America.” The report recognized the associations between oral health and general health and called upon policy makers to “build an effective health infrastructure that meets the oral health needs of all Americans and integrates oral health effectively into overall health”. Nearly a decade later, it’s time to respond to the Surgeon General.” [1] & [2]

The American Dental Association needs to respond to AADR’s report and the Surgeon General’s report to “build an effective health infrastructure that meets the oral health needs of all Americans and integrates oral health effectively into overall health”.[2] Trained and educated in oral health and referral services; denturists need the freedom to serve the people of this Nation who are in need of denture care, without being suppressed by the American Dental Association’s purse strings to lobbyist and ADA’s heavy handedness of persecution against denturists.

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



[1] The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), Statement on Oral Health Care within Health Care  Reform. Retrieved July 15, 2009, from

[2] A Report of the Surgeon General (2000). “Oral Health in America”

American Dental Association Greed ADAG

June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

Mary Otto, of The Washington Post did a nice job writing the article, “Putting Teeth in Health-Care Reform” (link below). She quoted a number of dental professionals including American Dental Association’s executive director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, quoting the dental healthcare needs of the American people. 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 and 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 that we have been trained and educated to serve. The American Dental Association uses money to fight Dental Hygienist from having independent practices, the American Dental Association fights and prevents Denturist from having independent practices and in most cases funnels money to state dental associations to prosecute Denturist so they can’t provide affordable denture care to people with disparities. The American Dental Associations waste money fighting Alaska to prevent Dental Health Aid 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 it 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 above mentioned professions the American Dental Association 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. I’m in agreement with ADA’s, President O’Loughlins statement on “bolstering the public health system for those with disparities.”
It could be a team effort so please let me serve. Thank you.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. 307-568-2047
State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association,


June 23, 2009

June 23, 2009

Re: Affordable Healthcare Choices

Dear U.S. Senate Health Care Committee and U. S. House Committee on Ways and Means,

I request your support in regulating the denturist profession across our nation. In the five states that regulate the denturist profession, we continue to prove our effectiveness in providing quality denture service that is safe and affordable especially for people that are ineligible for Medicaid dentures or other programs showing a needs level and for those without dental coverage in their healthcare insurance. Please consider the service; a nationally regulated denturist profession is capable of providing with the present shortfall of accessible denture service by dentist, along with the shortage of dentist across our nation especially in rural America.

Please join me at the American Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition where I will be presenting my presentation titled, Denturists: Alternative Healthcare Providers for Oral Health Screenings and Referral, scheduled for session 2075.0, addressing Oral Health Workforce Issues on Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 4:30 PM.

The APHA Annual Meeting is the premier public health event taking place November 7-11 in Philadelphia, PA. With more than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions, 700 booths of information and state-of-the-art public health products and services, this is an extremely important meeting in the public health field.

You can view my session and get more information about my presentation, detailed abstract and learning objectives by clicking on the link below.

For general information about the APHA Annual Meeting or to find out about other presentations visit the meetings home page at Registration and Housing are now open. To take advantage of the early-bird discount, visit the registration page at

I hope you can attend my presentation as I join APHA in exploring the latest public health practices and challenges.

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