This Newsletter is an independent publication, and is not a product of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association or the American Dental Association. This Newsletter relies on the dental community, its readers and Editor for its content and aims to relay announcements, information and dialogue relevant to the Central Oregon Dental Community.
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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.
- Editorials / Commentary
- 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.)
August 12, 2022 (Fri.) Medical Teams International Meet & Greet
- Time & location TBA
- Medical Teams International will be in Bend to meet and greet Dentists, Dental Assistants & Hygienists interested in joining their Volunteer Team.
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
COCC THANKS Dental Clinic Volunteers 2022
COCC Dental Assisting program wants to extend a huge “THANK YOU!” to all of the amazing dentist volunteers this year! The Dental Clinic at COCC was able to provide much needed oral healthcare to Central Oregon’s underserved populations, and that was all thanks to our wonderful volunteers! Thank you for volunteering one or more days!
We look forward to working with you all, and more, next academic year!
- Dr. Richard Fixott
- Dr. Brandon Turley
- Dr. Brad Hester
- Dr. Mark Jensen
- Dr. Paul Kim (4x!)
- Dr. Greg Ginsburg
- Dr. Crystal Kelso
- Dr. Amberena Fairlee
- Dr. Hallie McNaughton
- Dr. Janell Ginsburg
- Dr. Julie Lezotte
- Dr. Mehdi Salari
- Dr. Chelsea Baraff
With warmest thanks,
Lynn Murray, Dental Assisting Program Director, Dental Clinic Manager
COCC THANKS Dental Practicum Offices 2022
COCC’s Dental Assisting program thanks the dentists and their staff who provided mentoring and training to students during their 300 hours of practicum experience! We could not educate quality dental assistants without your support, so thank you for your time and efforts to benefit Dental Assisting students!
- 7 Peaks Dental
- PNW Dental
- Timm Family Dentistry
- Krueger and Lenox Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Aubrey Dental Group
- East Bend Dental Group
- Ponderosa Dental
- Woods Orthodontics
- Greg M. Lee Dentistry
- Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry
- Pediatric Dental Associates
- The Brace Place
- Willamette Dental Group
- Sullivan Orthodontics
- Bend Family Dentistry
- Bend Dental Group
- River Park Dentistry
- Struble Orthodontics
- Frisinger Dental
- Dr. Brandon Turley
- Coppertop Family Dentistry
- Bluefish Dental
- Stillwater Dental
- Alpenglow Dental
- Dental Wellness of Bend
News From the ODA
Dentists of Oregon PAC Board Opening: The Dentists of Oregon Political Action Committee (DOPAC) Board is looking for new volunteers to represent Southern Willamette Dental Society and Clackamas County Dental Society. Interested in learning more about the position? Review the DOPAC job description or reach out to Jen Lewis-Goff, ODA Associate Executive Director, to learn more.
OED Healthcare Webinar on PFML. The Paid Family & Medical Leave program launch is just around the corner—employers will start collecting PFMLI contributions January 1, 2023. Employees will be able to access benefits starting September 1, 2023. The official Contribution Rate for 2023 has been set. It will be 1% of employee wages up to a maximum of $132,900 with 60% of the rate set by employees and 40% set by employers.
Questions? Join us for a healthcare-specific webinar, hosted by ODA and the Oregon Employment Department on August 24th, 12:30-2 p.m. You can access the webinar here. Can’t make the scheduled time? The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing.
New OHA Health Care Interpreter Requirements. Beginning July 1, 2022, health care providers who receive reimbursement from state funds are required to use certified or qualified healthcare interpreters from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) registry. This registry contains over 900 participants and guarantees that patients receive services from qualified interpreters. You can find more detailed information on the new policy and requirements by visiting the Health Care Interpreter Program website.
NEW Paid Family & Medical Leave Program. The Oregon Paid Family & Medical Leave Program launches January 2023. Employers will start collecting contributions beginning in January 2023, and employees will have access to these benefits starting September 2023. Questions? Join ODA and the Oregon Employment Department on Wednesday, August 24th from 12:30 to 2PM, PST, for an informative webinar. Can’t make the scheduled time? The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing.
Save the Date! ODA House of Delegates. The 2022 ODA House of Delegates will take place virtually on Saturday September 24, 2022. Mark your calendars and plan to serve as a delegate for your component society. We look forward to “seeing” you there!
News From the Oregon Board of Dentistry
Dental Hygiene License Renewal Open
The Dental Hygiene license renewal is now available for hygienists with a 9/30/22 expiration date. Please take the time to read the detailed instructions here, as the OBD has implemented a new renewal system.
- Licensee Portal:https://online.oregondentistry.org
Once you have completed the license renewal process, the system will send you a receipt for your payment. It will then submit your renewal for staff review and approval. Once approved, you will receive an email letting you know your renewal is complete and when you will be able to log back into the licensing portal to download and print your license. The OBD no longer mails hard copy licenses.
If you should encounter any issues during the renewal process, please contact Board Staff at email@example.com
Dental Therapy Rules Effective July 1, 2022
Dental Implant Rules Effective January 1, 2024
At its June 17, 2022, Board meeting, the Board voted to change the effective date of the dental implant rules from July 1, 2022, to January 1, 2024.
Medical Teams International Looking for More Dental Personnel
Medical Teams International is looking for more dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists to join our volunteer team! The needs are greater than they have ever been, and we are committed to reaching clients with urgent health and dental needs! Our vans are equipped with two full dental operatories and we provide urgent dental care (primarily fillings and extractions) to patients in need. We also provide some basic medical screenings and referrals to help ensure patients are connected to the services they need.
Volunteers can choose their hours and commitments. You can join us monthly, quarterly or annually – whatever works best for you. Every contribution matters to patients experiencing dental pain.
If you are interested in volunteering with our mobile dental program, please email our volunteer coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or submit an online application here and our team will reach out to you with instructions and to help connect you with a clinic: https://www.cognitoforms.com/MedicalTeamsInternational1/VolunteerApplication. We look forward to serving the community with you!
News From the Board of Dentistry (Implant Placement & Pain Management)
In case you were not yet aware of the following PERMANENT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS from the Oregon Board of Dentistry, you might want to click on the link at the bottom of this article to read more details.
- RULE SUMMARY: A dentist must meet certain requirements to place dental implants and also complete seven (7) hours of continuing education requirements each licensure period.
- (4) A dentist may place endosseous implants to replace natural teeth after completing a minimum of 56 hours of hands on clinical course(s), which includes treatment planning, appropriate case selection, potential complications and the surgical placement of the implants under direct supervision, and the provider is approved by the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (AGD PACE), by the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) or by a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved graduate dental education program.
- RULE SUMMARY: Prior to initial licensure an applicant must complete a one hour pain management course as specified in rule.
- RULE SUMMARY: Clarifies that all dentists must complete pain management course prior license renewal and that at least seven (7) hours of continuing education every renewal period are required to place dental implants
To read more about the new Administrative Orders, go to the following website:
- 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
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.
Associate Dentist Position: Burns Dental Group
Our private practice has an opening for an Associate Dentist. Burns Dental Group LLC is a full service general dental office with a staff periodontist. We utilize cutting edge technology, including same day crown and bridge with CEREC and Axeos 3-dimensional radiography for surgery and implant planning. Our dentists are faculty mentors for Oregon Health Sciences University dental students on their rural rotations. We are a teaching office, providing a warm and welcoming environment that will give you the freedom of hands-on learning and allow your skills to grow. This position is eligible for the NHSC loan repayment. We offer a competitive compensation package with possible equity purchase. We have contracts with both Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Rural Harney County in the High Desert of Eastern Oregon offers many outdoor activities and friendly people. Check out our website at www.burnsdentalgroup.com or contact our office at (541) 573-7778 for more information.
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:
- Columbia Dentoform Manikins with SM-PVR 860 Model Assembled on M-1R-3 Chair Mount. with extra prepped teeth. Quantity =9 (Photo shown).
Please contact me for pricing and specific questions, also please feel free to share with anyone that you feel might be interested.
- Cathy Taylor
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 (email@example.com). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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EDITORIALS / COMMENTARY
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Time to Move Forward . Mehdi Salari
Sorry to be a few days late getting this month’s Newsletter out. My son and I went camping, hiking and exploring at Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks in Washington this last week. We had a great time hanging out together and checking out those two National Parks. There is quite a bit of driving involved to get to all the sights, but once you are there; there are plenty of incredible rain forests, rivers, hikes, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, wildlife, flowers, glaciers and a rugged and beautiful coastline.
Everything about the trip was awesome, except for one thing: The Federal Government’s continued obsession with COVID. I took a picture of the signs which are posted on every outhouse, restroom, Visitor Center, Lodge and Ranger Station.
I beleive it’s time to move on and live our lives without the intrusion, interruption and interference of government. After two years of this pandemic, I think people can protect and take care of themselves and we don’t need a sign on a solitary outhouse in the middle of the wilderness requiring people to wear a mask to walk into a stinky outhouse all BY THEMSELVES!
For the record, eight out of ten people that we saw at the indoor facilities of the park were not wearing a mask and were ignoring the pointless signs posted on each and every door and entryway. In the week that we spent in the two parks, one Park Ranger raised his voice at us as soon as we walked into his Visitor Center and asked us to wear a mask if we wanted to come inside. This particular Park Ranger was obsessed more with Mask Enforcement than any other aspect of his job. The other 60 or 70 Rangers we saw or talked with didn’t confront or deny us service or information since we weren’t wearing a mask.
Why does our government continue to promote fear, mandates and regulations that the vast majority do not follow or care about? Why does the government continue to use COVID as an excuse to not do the job that our tax dollars are intended to pay for? Why does our government choose to divide the people of this nation, instead of bringing them together?
As Dentists, we have all worked within a foot of people’s mouths and have been sprayed with aerosols from people from all walks of life. We have faithfully worn our masks and PPE while we worked and protected ourselves just fine. Most of us picked up our COVID from a place other than our office. We know wearing a mask protects us while performing our extremely hazardous jobs.
We have the data that shows that we can safely operate and do our jobs while the patient who is sitting a foot away from us is NOT wearing a mask. Why does our government continue to bother the 80% who don’t want to wear a mask forever and continue to deprive us of the regular and uninterrupted use of our Parks, Schools, Public and Government Facilities?
We don’t need more signs and regulations. We don’t need to waste the paper, the time to put up the paper or the effort to enforce regulations that haven’t changed anything. We need to get back to work … back to school … back to manufacturing … back to living. We could get a lot more done, if government simply got off our backs.
Dear Dr. Rupert
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Dear Dr. Rupert,
I have a patient who regularly leaves a few of the top buttons undone on her blouse when she is sitting in my dental chair. My Assistants try to put a patient bib around her neck as soon as she sits down, but she removes the bib and says that she gets too warm when she’s at the Dentist and does not want a bib. This patient is rather attractive and keeps herself in great shape.
I often find my eyes wandering when I’m working on this patient from the twelve o’clock position; and am wondering if you have any ideas on how we can get this patient to keep her blouse buttoned and things to herself?
Signed, Getting an Eye Full
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Dear Getting an Eye Full,
I’m not sure I understand what the problem is? Personally, if that was my patient and she had told me that she gets warm easily when she’s at the dentist; I would crank the office thermostat to 85 degrees an hour before she came in, just to see what else got unbuttoned or came off!
I don’t think you should feel guilty or ashamed for your wandering eyes. It is completely natural and normal for our eyes to examine our surroundings. As long as you aren’t staring or babbling your words when you talk, an occasional or periodic review of the surrounding landscape is neither unethical, unjustified or something that you should feel guilty or ashamed about. It is a basic survival instinct to look around your surroundings … in case a bear, a tiger, a tsunami, volcano or Nancy Pelosi is approaching you!
I once dropped a temporary crown down the side of a patient’s collar/shirt who had fell asleep and was unable to reach in herself and get the crown out for us. My Assistant and I lightly used the high speed suction to retrieve the dropped crown, so we wouldn’t physically touch or disturb the patient. The darn thing kept slipping and sliding down her neck and it took us a few minutes to get the temporary crown out. We did get the temporary out eventually, but the patient was left with a small suction hickey on the side of her lower neck which we properly informed her of as part of our discharge instructions.
In regards to your slightly unbuttoned patient, I think you’re making a big deal out of nothing. Nowadays, people are much more OK with their bodies and don’t mind people looking or giving them a suction hickey on the side of their neck. Your looking around is just a primordial survival instinct and nothing to feel guilty about. Just count your blessings and try to not bring it up at the dinner table with your spouse or significant other.
Glad to rest your mind at ease,