Monday, December 30, 2013

Open Letter to Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

"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

Progressive and Innovative Dental Workforce Models: Ready to Serve America's Oral Healthcare Needs

The needed action of progressive and innovative dental workforce models includes 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

Corporate Abuse by Super Pac ADA: Freedom of Choice?

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

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Expect More of the American Dental Association and its State Dental Constituents

"Expect More of the American Dental Association and its State Dental Constituents" Common sense policy recommendations by the U.S. Surgeon Generals and other oral health organizations are not implemented by the American Dental Association. Specifically, the need for change in ADAs existing ill-fated and outdated polices currently in place on workforce issues. More diversity is needed on state dental boards for oversight of improved consumer protection and meeting oral healthcare needs; better and logical decisions in continued education requirements, expanded duties, and jurisprudence. The acknowledgement of more intrinsic connections between the mouth and the rest of the body should involve a medical doctor on all state dental boards. The dental board should consist of no more than two dentists, one medical doctor, public health specialist and three ordinary citizens. We need dental hygienists at schools and public health facilities. We need independent practices for dental hygienists so they 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 more rural community health/dental clinics including mobile dental units traveling to rural areas, to include oral healthcare providers. Let denturists do the removables; freeing up dental chairtime for children, emergency, and restorative care. Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, www.wysda.org

Thursday, April 4, 2013

ADA Doesn’t Have Time to Police its Own Due to Time Policing Its Competitors

The American Dental Association is so busy persecuting denturists; keeping denturists from providing the oral healthcare services denturists have been trained and educated to provide, along with policing and suppressing the other oral healthcare providers such as dental therapists, dental health aide therapists and independent boards and practices for dental hygienists; ADA doesn’t have the time it was created for in policing and enforcing the rules and regulations for its own dentists. The denturist profession has been operating in the United States for over 30 years and across Canada for 50 years. The American Dental Association contributes millions of dollars to the U.S. Congress and states legislators, through state dental constituents, to disregard the services provided by denturists. As a profession, denturists have little or no federal or state stats. Denturists still have no professional or occupational code through the Department of Labor. CDC doesn't recognize the denturist profession in regards to asepsis and oral healthcare. There's a problem with transparency and the federal agencies recognizing the six regulated denturists states which include OR, WA, ID, MT, Arizona, and Maine. There is no reason why Americans shouldn't have the statistic information regarding denturists. What are the pros and cons of the denturist profession? Are denturists safe? Why is the denturist profession not recognized and listed by the Department of Human Services and CDC regarding infection control? Does the denturist profession outsource dentures? Where is the money from the American Dental Associations Lobbyists going? Being a nonprofit, why is the ADA allowed to suppress and persecute its competitors without any action from the Federal Trade Commission? The American people have the right to know the statistical information regarding the safety and effectiveness of the services rendered by trained and educated denturists, as with any other oral healthcare professional. ADA needs to focus on the safety, effectiveness, and continuing education of its own dentist members. Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator; Wyoming State Denturist Assn., www.wysda.org https://twitter.com/denturist2th http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00000729

Monday, April 2, 2012

Freedom of Choice vs American Dental Association

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. www.wysda.org