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- CONTENTS OF NEWSLETTER:
- Upcoming Central Oregon Meetings & Events
- Central Oregon Dental News
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Classified Ads
- Regional CE Calendar
- More Info.
- Dear Dr. Rupert
UPCOMING CENTRAL OREGON MEETINGS & EVENTS
(Please email or send any dental related events or courses that you would like posted on this calendar.)
February 17, 2022 (Thurs.) Central Oregon Dental Society Business / Dinner Meeting CANCELED 6:00 p.m. Riverhouse Convention Center (Bend, Oregon)
February 17, 2022 ODA Virtual Dental Day
Join your ODA colleagues and ASDA students virtually for an evening of advocacy! Held in the evening, this year’s event will allow you to participate from anywhere in the state without missing time with your patients.
Learn about the February legislative session, ODA’s advocacy, and hear directly from key legislators. No previous training or experience is required. We will give you all the tools you need to be successful!
Event Details & RSVP
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Please note- this event is for ODA member dentists and OHSU ASDA students only. Questions? Reach out to Cassie Leone, ODA Communications Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 7–9, 2022 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Registration for the 2022 HYBRID Oregon Dental Conference (ODC) is OPEN! The majority of CE courses and the Solutions Marketplace (exhibit hall) will be offered in-person at the Oregon Convention Center, with a virtual component for those who can’t join in person!
Register by February 25th to receive a discounted rate on tuition!
Full Conference Registration Includes:
- The opportunity to earn up to 45 hours of continuing education with access to all in-person AND All virtual CE courses!
- Entry to the LIVE General Session on Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 am featuring keynote speaker, James Nestor.
- Entry to the Solutions Marketplace where you can take advantage of one-stop shopping for all things dental.
- The opportunity to purchase tickets to the All-In for Fun Game Night on Friday, April 8!
Virtual-Only Conference Registration Includes:
- The opportunity to earn up to 27 CE credits with 10 on-demand courses including courses focused on licensure requirements.
- 24/7 access to the virtual platform from April 7 through May 15 so you can learn when it works bet for you!
May 19, 2022 (Thurs.) Central Oregon Dental Society Business / Dinner Meeting
- 6:00 p.m.
- Riverhouse Convention Center (Bend, Oregon)
- Speaker: Dr. Shannon Woods will present on the “Top 7 Reasons For Early Orthodontic Intervention”
- An RSVP email typically arrives from Dr. Jessica Henderson a couple of weeks prior to the meeting. If you have not received an RSVP email, please contact Dr. Henderson at email@example.com.
September 15, 2022 (Thurs.) Central Oregon Dental Society Business / Dinner Meeting
- 6:00 p.m.
- Riverhouse Convention Center (Bend, Oregon)
- Speaker: TBD
December 9, 2022 (Fri.) Central Oregon Dental Society Holiday Party
- 6:00 p.m.
- Riverhouse Convention Center (Bend, Oregon)
CENTRAL OREGON DENTAL NEWS
News From the ODA
The Oregon Health Authority and local public health agencies are seeking additional healthcare providers to assist with COVID vaccine administrations and related events. All members of the dental team are needed- from trained dentists to administer vaccines, to assistants who can help with logistics. We encourage all who are interested in helping with these important events to register with SERV-OR. Register with SERVE-OR here.
COCC Dental Assisting Program Update & Request for Volunteers
Dear Valued Dentists,
Since COVID-19 befell us, dentistry has faced serious challenges, yet you each found ways to meet those challenges in order to provide safe dental care to your patients. In my book, that’s heroic.
The Dental Assisting program too was impacted by the pandemic. The program was not allowed to open the Dental Clinic that many of our community’s low-income individuals have come to depended upon to address their urgent dental needs.
Good news though! The college is again allowing the program to open the Dental Clinic held two Fridays a month during the academic year. The students are excited to be able to work with you amazing volunteer dentists and these patients. There are currently has 23 students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program.
So this year we will again need dentist volunteers for our Friday Dental Clinic. A big THANK YOU to all of our past volunteers! We would love to welcome you back and to welcome dentists that are new to our clinic! Faculty, students and patients are very appreciative of your time and expertise!
How it works:
Patients are seen in the Dental Clinic at COCC (the dental laboratory with 8 operatories). Dentists are scheduled for a 6 hour day, and 6 Continuing Education hours are awarded to them. And coffee and snacks are provided! The first patient is seen at 8:00 AM.
We usually try to schedule two dentists per clinic. We have had excellent feedback from dentists that they really enjoy working with another dentist and connecting with their peers. Dental Assisting students assist the dentist, while a faculty member stands behind them to back them up or to obtain needed materials or supplies.
The clinic is limited in its scope and provides patients with restorations (composite or amalgam) and extractions. A radiograph of the problematic tooth is obtained, the dentist diagnoses the need, and treatment (if within our scope) is provided. You will find patients are so appreciative for the care they receive and of the dentists who donate their time and talents! And students love the experience working with dentists! You should hear how excited they are during our debriefing sessions.
We have organized Clinic Dates for the academic year hoping that a date might work for you! The Clinic dates for the 2021-2022 academic year are as follows:
Dental Clinic Dates:
- February 4 & 18
- March 4 & 18
- April 1 & 22
- May 6 & 20
- June 3
Please contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule your date. And if you have another dentist you would like to work with please let me know. You can reach me at 541-383-7574, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your best date! Feel free to leave a phone message with the date or dates you like and I will return your call. I look forward to working with you all!
With Warmest thanks,
- Lynn L. Murray, M.Ed., CDA, EFDA, RFC, CPFDA, FADAA
- Professor of Dental Assisting
- Dental Assisting Program Director
- Dental Clinic Manager
- (541) 383-7574
Healthy Beginnings Program Update & Request for Volunteers
Partnering with parents for those important first five years.
WHAT IS HEALTHY BEGINNINGS? Healthy Beginnings is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free wellness and developmental screenings for children, ages 0-5. It was created in 1994 by early childhood experts who saw the need to establish a way for families to identify concerns before their children entered school. Over the past 27 years the organization has served over 11,000 children throughout Central Oregon and is recognized statewide and nationally for the innovative service provided to young children and their parents.
WHO DO WE SERVE? Healthy Beginnings provides its screening, referral and follow-up services to every child between the ages of 0-5 years, residing in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Our services are always FREE to ALL CHILDREN. There are no income requirements, and no need for insurance or a referral. We are free for everyone – every time.
WHAT SERVICE DO WE PROVIDE? Healthy Beginnings provides the most comprehensive screening assessment program and referral service for the health and development of every child under six years old in Deschutes County. Covering 12 key areas of health and development, the free screenings determine whether a child is developing appropriately for their age, identifying problems that can easily be overlooked at regular check-ups.
WHY ARE THESE SCREENINGS IMPORTANT? The early years are the best opportunity for a child’s brain to develop the connections they need to become healthy, capable, successful adults. In fact, 90% of brain growth happens before kindergarten. A child’s development should be assessed regularly and completely – several times before entering kindergarten.
The Healthy Beginnings screening program helps detect potential issues early, when intervention and treatment are most likely to be successful. Parents are provided with assessment results, appropriate professional referrals, and follow-up consultation and guidance.
MORE INFORMATION: Call the Healthy Beginnings office at 541.383.6357 or www.myhb.org
- Feb. 16 Bend
- Feb. 26 Sisters
- Mar. 4 La Pine
- Mar. 12 Prineville
- Mar. 30 Redmond
- Apr. 16 Bend
- Apr. 26 Redmond
- May 5 Madras
- May 14 Prineville
- May 24 Bend
If able to help or volunteer your services, please reach out to Healthy Beginnings at:
- Please go to the ‘VOLUNTEER‘ page on the menu bar for contact and additional information about the following Central Oregon organizations seeking dental volunteers:
- Central Oregon Community College Friday Clinic
- Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van
- Donated Dental Service (DDS) Program
- Healthy Beginnings
- Smile Central Oregon
- Central Oregon Community College Dental Assisting Program
- Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
REGIONAL CE CALENDAR
Washington Academy of General Dentistry offering Dental Assistant in 30 days in Person Training! Washington AGD’s Dental Assisting School Information provided by Dr. Phillippe Freeman
Doctors, Do you have a working assistant that needs additional training, returning to the field or just entering the field of dentistry? This program is what you have been looking for!
Washington Academy of General Dentistry Dental Assistant School offers a state-of-the-art dental assisting program that will allow students to complete the program with the skills and education that is required to become a successful and competent dental assistant in just thirty days. Students will have 160 hours of didactic and clinical hours upon completion of the thirty-day program.
Pick from One of the Following Start Dates:
Time & Days: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday-Friday
Tuition: $5000 (4 weeks/30 days)
Didactic & Clinical Hours: 160
The program is appropriately cost effective for students, therefore allowing them to graduate without overwhelming student loan debt and join the workforce earning a livable and increasing wage.
Students will have access to state-of-the-art dental equipment as well as expert doctors, hygienists and other dental assistants. This program will prepare the students with the training to be able to work alongside dentists and dental specialists.
This includes the knowledge of infection control and instrument processing, professionalism, basic dental procedures, equipment, dental radiology techniques and safety, dental terminology, preparation of dental materials, dental specialties, and chairside assisting.
After completion of the program, the students can apply to the Washington Dental Board to become a registered dental assistant.
Please check with the CE Provider, to make sure the Course has not been cancelled due to COVID-19 measures.
You are welcome to email or send in anything dental that you might want to advertise, trade or buy. Slight charge may apply to businesses offering services.
For Sale Dental Training Equipment
My name is Cathy Taylor my background is in dental education. I owned a business that traveled around the state of Oregon on the weekends to teach and prepare assistants to take their board exams.
The following equipment has been well taken care of and is for sale:
DXTTR III -Xray Trainers: 2 Plastic Skull without Arm/Finger Ball Assembly (Photo Shown)
Columbia Dentoform Manikins with SM-PVR 860 Model Assembled on M-1R-3 Chair Mount. with extra prepped teeth. Quantity =10 Photos and detailed information available upon request.
Please contact me for pricing and specific questions, also please feel free to share with anyone that you feel might be interested.
Cathy Taylor 541-905-3010 email@example.com (-3/22)
Searching for a Dental Hygienist?
You might want to email the High Desert Dental Hygienists’ Association (CODHAinfo@gmail.com) and tell them about your need. They are very helpful and have a great database of Central Oregon Dental Hygienists and will email information about your opening to their members.
Announcements, Articles or Classifieds for the Newsletter
Article submissions for the Central Oregon Dental Community are encouraged and welcomed. You can email your content to Dr. Mehdi Salari (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to contribute articles or request the posting of information in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of each month. The Newsletter is typically sent out on the first or second day of each month.
Advertising or Content for Future Newsletters
Please contact Dr. Mehdi Salari (email@example.com) if you would like to post a classified or advertisement in future issues of the Central Oregon Dental Newsletter. The Central Oregon Dental Newsletter is available & sent to all practicing and retired Dentists, Specialists in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Sisters, La Pine, Sunriver, Warm Springs & Powell Butte & Mitchell. The deadline to update or post an advertisement in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of the each month.
Everything above the Red Line is put together as a service to the Central Oregon Dental Community and is the nonpartisan news and events of this Newsletter.
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DISCLAIMER / WARNING: The opinions expressed ARE NOT those of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, American Dental Association or any of the Advertisers or Business Partners. Editorials are OPINIONS ONLY and are meant to encourage discussion or dialogue. Readers are welcome and encouraged to contribute editorials or comments for inclusion in future issues.
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The Death Rate . Mehdi Salari
Dear Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority,
Can you explain why the citizens and lovely people of Oregon should continue to follow your endless COVID mandates and regulations, when we are starting to see evidence from neighboring states that Oregon’s crippling business regulations, ineffective school mandates and overall takeover of every individual’s right to make their own healthcare choices are not really improving the overall Death Rate of those who contract COVID?
The following data is from the New York Times and the US Census Bureau comparing the state of Oregon which has some of the most stringent mandates in place; with the state of Utah, which is not as stringent as Oregon in its COVID protocols.
- There have been 634,000 COVID cases in Oregon. During the same period, there have been 886,000 COVID cases in Utah.
- There have been 6,100 COVID related deaths in Oregon. During the same period, there have been 4,118 COVID related deaths in Utah.
- The population of Oregon is approx. 4.2 million, while the population of Utah is approx. 3.2 million.
- 67.9% of Oregonians are apparently vaccinated, while 60.6% of Utah residents have been vaccinated. (Source: Our World in Data website)
- Based on these numbers, approx. 15.1% of the population in Oregon has tested positive for COVID, while approx. 27.7% of the population in Utah has tested positive for COVID.
- Based on these same numbers, the current COVID related death rate in Oregon is 0.15% of the population, while the current COVID related death rate in Utah is 0.13% of the population.
While these numbers do seem to show that the combination of a higher vaccination rate and Oregon’s mandates and measures have reduced the number of COVID cases in Oregon; there is really no evidence or difference in the COVID death rate. In other words, so what if you are reducing the percentage or number of cases, when these measures are not seeming to affect the percentage of people who happen to get really sick and sadly succumb to this pandemic (those in the hospitals)?
Not only have a smaller percentage of people died from COVID in Utah (despite a lower vaccination rate), but they have a higher percentage of people who have a heightened or increased immunity to this virus. Ask any Immunologist … having more people with increased immunity is a good thing for everybody in the community. These people are less likely to get really sick or die in future infections with this virus (Source: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciimmunol.abn8014) and we all know this virus isn’t going away and will continue to mutate to other variant forms in the future.
Back to my original question … why should Oregonians follow Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority’s new and permanent COVID mandates, when they aren’t really reducing the percentage of people who get really sick and die from this virus compared to neighboring states which are not as stringent? The fact that we have fewer infections doesn’t mean anything if the death rate is the same. In fact, it stands to reason that Oregonians are currently at a disadvantage for the next surge, given that a smaller percentage of our population has heightened immunity. These mandates are not improving our outlook for the future but prolonging and hindering our recovery.
DEAR DR. RUPERT
WARNING: The chauvinistic, bipolar, arrogant and politically incorrect commentary and advice of Dr. Rupert do not reflect any advertiser, organization or individuals’ views or opinions … except for Dr. Rupert and is printed for light reading/entertainment purposes only.
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Dear Dr. Rupert,
Our office just got a call from a patient that I did a bunch of fillings on for almost two hours yesterday. He called to inform us that he just got a positive result on a COVID test. He apologized for having come in and not being truthful with our screening questions; but stated that he was going to be losing his insurance and needed the work done as soon as possible to avoid out of pocket costs. He felt awful about everything, but felt it was important to let us know, now that his test had come back positive. He said he felt fine when he came in for his appointment, and just had a mild runny nose, similar to a simple cold and didn’t think it was really COVID.
I’m of course livid because of the patient’s dishonesty and the exposure to me and my entire staff. What should I do?
Signed, Exposed to COVID by Dishonest Patient
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Dear Exposed to COVID by Dishonest Patient,
My guess is that you were all wearing your masks properly and utilizing proper Infection Control protocols. Obviously, you’re all going to need to go and get tested in a few days to rule out the possibility of having contracted the virus; but my guess is that your masks properly protected you during the procedure. The sad truth is that everyone is going to get a form of COVID at some point, unless you decide to live in a bubble the rest of your life (like the Seinfeld Bubble Boy) and avoid all human interaction.
But back to your not-so-honest patient who chose to come in and have their dental work done, despite knowing that they were exposed and needed to take a test. My advice is to return the dishonesty, with some dishonesty of your own. An eye for an eye and remember that justice delayed is justice denied.
You should call the patient and thank them for being honest and truthful in letting you know about their positive COVID test. You should then tell the patient that you too need to be truthful and honest with them. You should tell the patient that you spent the prior weekend at a College friend’s crazy Bachelor Party in Las Vegas and that you were just informed by your Doctor that you yourself had tested positive for Tuberculosis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis, AIDS and Mad Cow Disease. Let the patient know that the food and the Hookers at the Brothel that you were all staying at were apparently tainted and not as originally promised. Apologize to the patient for having possibly exposed them, but let them know that you value their honesty and wish to return their honesty with your own confession.
Your patient really can’t get mad at you. They will then spend the next few weeks, worrying and fretting about the possibility of having contracted the diseases that you mentioned, and this will even the score. You will receive tremendous pleasure for having played such a great prank on the patient and the joy from your little trick will outweigh any potential COVID concern you might have over the next few days.
Glad I could help,