Let’s Work Together for a Bigger Mission and Vision

April 28, 2012

Let’s Work Together for a Bigger Mission and Vision

Chris Cuomo, Gitika Ahuja, and Enjoli Francis’s article is good. Their article,” Medicaid’s Youngest Face Dental Crisis” in the “ Hidden America Series” is the beginning story of our national dental crisis and needs to be completed, along with a conclusion after further research. Hopefully it will go further into the truth and reason for the dental crisis across our Nation; not only for the youngest faces on Medicaid, but the oldest faces, the faces of poverty not eligible for Medicaid, middle income faces that have no money for dental needs, the many faces in institutions, prisons, mental, convalescent, the many faces on Indian reservations, faces with disabilities and military veterans.

There are many reasons for the crisis; some being listed in the article, many in the comments and some not mentioned. Between the article and the comments I listed approximately 25. Out of the 170 or so comments, I was the only one listing the American Dental Association as the problem and I stand firm on it. It all goes back to the American Dental Association’s past and present policies. ADA does the lobbying, millions of dollars each year, lobbying as a nonprofit. ADA’s mismanagement of past and present policies is responsible for the dental crisis across America and it has been going on for decades with the American Dental Association in control or maybe better stated, out of control.

Corporate ADA continues to show a lack of leadership in direction of proper oral healthcare policies across America. This is proven in how ADA continues to suppress other oral healthcare professionals by ADA’s written policies and actions that are passed on to state dental associations and state dental boards. Take for example in 2010; “ADA Apologizes for Tolerating Discrimination In the ‘60s” after Raymond Gist becomes ADA’s first African American President. ADA continues after the apology to discriminate and suppress others. The dental hygienist profession is 99% female. The dental hygienists have been trying to have their own state boards and work as an independent profession away from ADA which continues to fight the dental hygienists. The American Dental Association continues to suppress the denturist profession and is now fighting the dental therapists and dental health aide therapist’s professions.

For the article, just imagine what would happen if dental hygienists were able to practice independently and there was a hygienist in every public health office, in every state and a hygienist in some of the bigger schools; what a difference it would mean in meeting America’s dental needs. On top of that, give denturists their independence and right to work to provide denture and partial services to those in need; what a difference for the many Americans who could get dentures or have existing dentures fixed or relined. Imagine being able to go to a dental therapist for dental procedure just for access in having dental needs met. These professions provide oral cancer screening for patient referrals to dentists, oral surgeons, or medical doctors. It gives us Americans that many more oral heath care providers and frees up chairtime for children.

The American Dental Association needs to look at its corporate mission and vision statement and reexamine its policies directed at those professions which work toward the same mission and vision. As a denturist, ADA continues to keep us from doing what we’ve been trained and educated in and that’s providing affordable oral prostheses services directly to those in need. How does corporate ADA continue to get away with suppressing other oral healthcare providers? Back in 2010 ADA apologized for tolerating racial discrimination but ADA continues gender discrimination against the dental hygienists profession along with professional discrimination against denturists; seeing denturists as denture competitors working against the monopoly ADA clings to. No wonder we have a dental crisis. The American Dental Association needs to consider a bigger mission and vision. That bigger mission and vision is working together to meet the oral healthcare needs of America.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
vollan@tctwest.net
wysda.org

http://abcnews.go.com/US/Parenting/hidden-america-medicaids-youngest-face-dental-crisis-dentists/story?id=16197601

Expect More of the American Dental Association

April 25, 2012

As a nonprofit and millions paid out to lobbying; where does the American Dental Associations responsibility to the consumer, the patient come into all of this? What about the other states? California and Texas can’t be the only states to take responsibility for, once again, the American Dental Associations mismanagement.

ADA is so busy keeping the rest of us from working as denturist, dental health aide therapists, and independent hygienists; ADA is unable to police and train its own. All the millions? For what? Research? Where is the dental research being applied in this case. The American Dental Association should have had some preventable measures in place.

The “evidence based dentistry” in this case is ADA and its policies; suppressing competitors, preventing dental professionals from doing what they’ve been trained and educated in doing. Nonprofit ADA and its state dental constituents are out of line. What is the point of ADA persecuting qualified oral healthcare providers who provide services which are regulated and licensed in other states such as the denturist profession. We free up dental chairtime for children.  

ADA and State Dental Constituents Have Too Much Power

April 17, 2012

The American Dental Association and its State Constituents has too much federal and state lobbying power over our right to make our own oral healthcare choices.

Freedom of Choice

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

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

Quit persecuting qualified denturists. Denturists need the freedom to serve the people of our Nation in what we’ve been trained and educated in; 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 your competitor. People in America need choices in providers for oral healthcare and their dental care. We need midlevel providers such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, or 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
http://www.wysda.org

Freedom of Choice vs American Dental Association

April 6, 2012

Wyoming State Denturist Association 

www.wysda.org

Gary W. Vollan L. D., State Coordinator                 

vollan@tctwest.net    307-568-2047

 

Freedom of Choice vs American Dental Association

You know people I’m really tired of the American Dental Association thinking CORP ADA is in control of our dental health [LET’S CHANGE IT]

 

Corp ADA! WE THE PEOPLE can decide for ourselves what is best to meet our dental needs. WE want the freedom to decide. The American Dental Association and its state constituents need to stick to dental research and policing its own members. Quit taking our freedom of choice away from us Americans. Your greed is hurting too many of us. Quit persecuting qualified denturists. Denturists need the freedom to serve the people of our Nation in what we’ve been trained and educated in and that is 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 your competitor. People in America need choices in providers for oral healthcare and their dental care. We need midlevel providers such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, or 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. http://www.wysda.org

 

Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room

March 2, 2012

Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room.

http://reforminghealth.org/2012/02/29/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

www.wysda.org

 

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

 

Denturists as Midlevel Oral Healthcare Providers

January 25, 2012

Regarding the link from Dr. Bicuspid.com,titled Bill would allow Calif. to study midlevel providers By Editor Donna Domino, http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?d=1&sec=sup&sub=pmt&pag=dis&ItemID=309631&wf=1095 Padilla’s SB 694 includes the following; “The research parameters of the study shall include public health settings, multiple models of dentist supervision, multiple pathways of education and training, and multiple dental providers, including dentists and nondentists.” We are in need of midlevel dental and oral health care providers that are independent and not subject to the American Dental Association policies. 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, the most important three words in SB 694. 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 and its state constituents lobby federal and state legislators to disregard legislation that would regulate the denturist profession in many states that include Kentucky, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The ADA and its state dental associations spend money to persecute denturists. It was just a year or two ago the California Dental Association sent letters to qualified and reputable denturist throughout California threatening felony prosecution if they didn’t close their denturist practices. Some had been established for decades. This is ridiculous. Please see 2nd link. Most dentists want nothing to do with dentures due to chairtime being consumed by problematic cases and procedures. In most cases it comes down to dentists charging for adjustments, discouraging patients from returning. This practice is unethical. The ADA lobbied for exclusion of language to expand the Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHAT’s) programs. The American Dental Association, wasted money fighting Alaska and lost; trying to prevent DHAT’s from providing dental services to Natives of Alaska living in remote areas. ADA lobbies to suppress dental hygienists from having independent boards and practices. A few states like Maine and California; dental hygienists have recently gained their independence. This enables the dental hygienist to better serve public health interests. Dental Therapists (DT’s) were created by the American Dental Association after the fact; Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHAT’s) were created as an independent practice for Alaskan Natives in Alaskas rural areas. Dental Therapist will work under the dentist supervision; in the same way a dental hygienist does in states not recognizing independence for hygienists. DT’s will have little impact on reducing the cost of dental care for the consumer. Dental Therapists and Dental Health Aide Therapists are two different professions with different responsibilities and work settings, DT’s within the dentist’s office and DHAT’s outside the dentist’s office via teleconference and video cams. Minnesota, so far is the only state with DT’s and Alaska is the only state with DHAT’s. Please consider the following links; the third being from the Minnesota Dental Board, regarding Dental Therapists and the forth about Dental Health Aide Therapists. The ADA’s self-serving political agenda is hurting consumers by suppressing qualified competitors that provide oral health care 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. Free up chairtime by using the oral healthcare workforce that is trained, educated, and available. We can’t even get ADA’s exclusive CODA to approve our only denturist program at Bates Technical College, in Tacoma, Washington, (please see link #5) which is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Please see accreditation under same link. Corporate ADA has the power and the money to change the current oral health 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 1.www.wysda.org 2. http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-09-29/news/prosecutors-frown-on-guy-who-makes-dentures-for-ex-cons/ 3. http://www.dentalboard.state.mn.us/Default.aspx?tabid=1165 4. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wkkf.org%2F~%2Fmedia%2FF2E86B5717174D2E9311359902DF7216.ashx&ei=RSoJT4z9DoLSiAK2g_yrBQ&usg=AFQjCNHqT9Dmfw7WG194N-Aw9xZKkB-a2A&sig2=8GUIJtr3416NhFGS17QfmQ 5. http://www.bates.ctc.edu/page.asp?view=153

American Dental Assn | OpenSecrets

January 6, 2012

American Dental Assn | OpenSecrets

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January 5, 2012

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

December 31, 2011

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