Colorado Dental Association eNews
February 2020
ADA Releases Coronavirus Guidelines for Dentists

The American Dental Association has released an  informational handout for dentists on the coronavirus disease, now named COVID-19.

The handout covers strategies for helping prevent the transmission of suspected respiratory disease in the dental healthcare setting and answers frequently asked questions related to the virus, based on  guidelines from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Patients with an acute respiratory illness may seek treatment at outpatient dental settings. The ADA recommends following standard precautions with all patients, at all times.  Continue reading.
Don't Miss February's Wellness Benefit: Ergonomics
You preach prevention to your patients, but are you taking your own medicine too? Disability is one of the biggest factors leading to unexpected early retirement. Dentistry is a physically demanding profession and regular stretching, self-care and attention to ergonomic posture is essential to your long-term success. Check out the "Video" section on the CDA's wellness webpage.
Did You Miss This Week's Cyber Security Webinar?
Late last year, over 100 Colorado dental practices were the victims of a cyber attack. Dentists walked into their offices and found their computers, servers and backups completely encrypted with ransomware. This webinar makes dentists aware of the reality of today's IT world and the serious measures that need to take place to protect dental practices and patient data.  Watch the webinar here.
Get Involved: Official Call for CDA Delegates and Officers
Serve your profession and enjoy a fun weekend in the mountains with CE and the famous hot springs of Glenwood! This is a great opportunity to get involved with organized dentistry. The CDA House of Delegates is comprised of member dentists from around the state. The House of Delegates will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020. Volunteer to be a CDA delegate or run for a leadership position!  Read more.
We Want Your Input on the PDMP
The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting a sunset review of the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Dentists are required to register as users of the PDMP and check patient prescribing history before the second fill of any opioid prescription. Help the CDA advocate for you by providing your input. Please participate in this  survey  to share your experience using the program.
37 New Codes in Effect for 2020
New CDT codes went into effect on Jan. 1. Recent changes include 37 new codes, five revised codes and six deleted procedure codes. Make your life easier with the CDT 2020 Kit. This essential ADA resource helps your team code more accurately for fewer claims rejections and faster reimbursement. 
ADA Launches Interactive Licensure Map
The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure launched an interactive map in an effort to assist dentists with keeping track of current initial licensure requirements by state.  The map highlights the varying requirements for dental licensure in the 50 states and Puerto Rico, while also demonstrating the complexity of dental licensure and the need for licensure reform.
Use the CDA Logo on Your Website and Social Media Feeds
As a CDA member, you can use the CDA logo to enhance your practice communications  and take pride in your association with organized dentistry.
Here's how:
  1. Visit:
  2. Log in to the site using your ADA number and password 
  3. Read and agree to the CDA Logo Usage Policy
  4. Download the zipped logo folder to your computer
Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Major Tappan

April 25, 1968: Mrs. Agnes Ortega, dental assistant, receives instruction from Dr. Major Tappan. Dr. Tappan started the Community Health Dental program at Denver Health. This might be the original Eastside Health Center.

Dr. Tappan was a tireless patient advocate and public health dentist whose primary goal was been to prevent oral disease and improve access to oral health for those most in need. He made many contributions to improving the oral health of America's communities and was known for directing, supporting and promoting exemplary community oral health programs.

Promoting Oral Health in Pregnancy
In 2014, the ADA House of Delegates passed its joint resolutions addressing the importance of oral health during pregnancy. To highlight how local dentists can embrace this knowledge and improve the oral health of pregnant women and children, the Maternal and Child National Oral Health Resource Center has just released its seventh in a series of updates. Learn more. 
Give Your Feedback ITR/SDF
The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is conducting sunset reviews on permitting dental hygienists to place interim therapeutic restorations and a pply silver diamine fluoride on dental patients. If you wish to submit input to DORA on these  statutes , please use  this online comment form . The topics are listed separately  on the drop-down menu, but you may submit feedback for both statutes under one submission since the same analyst is conducting the reviews. The CDA also requests that you send a copy of your feedback to so it may be taken into consideration for the CDA's feedback to DORA.
Making Dental Implants Predictable: March 27 Conference
The Larimer County Dental Society is holding a conference on March 27, featuring a lecture from 8:00 a.m. - noon followed by three hours of fun at TopGolf Thornton. Speaker Dr. Robert J. Stanley will present on implant solutions, guidelines to predict implant stability, predictable implant restorations and guided vs. non-guided systems. Contact with interest and questions.
Amgalgam Separators  

Existing dental practices have a deadline of July 14, 2020 to install a compliant amalgam separator. If you order an Hg5 amalgam separator system from Solmetex, you will receive a free Hg5 collection container and Hg5 recycle kit ($338 value). 

Patient Financing Solutions

CareCredit  helps families manage their out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for a wide variety of dental treatments and procedures. When your practice accepts CareCredit, patients can select from a variety of financing options, making it easier for them to accept your complete treatment recommendations.

New & Reinstated Members of the CDA

Dr. Omar Abuzaineh
Dr. Nicole Ameli
Dr. Justyna Aspiazu
Dr. Bianca Badaro
Dr. Alexander Bae
Dr. Tyler  Berkey
Dr. Shane Bowen
Dr. Milena  Brezo 
Dr. Steele Brimhall
Dr. Rodrell Brown
Dr. Allison Brown
Dr. Russell Bullen
Dr. Karissa Burgos
Dr. Terry Butler
Dr. Sabrina  Butler 
Dr. Sean Chapman
Dr.Zhou Chen
Dr. Diane Coopwood-Earle
Dr. Seth  Cowden
Dr.Jenny Crow
Dr. Kojo Danso
Dr. Tyler DeAnda
Dr. Jillian Dubuisson 
Dr. Catherine Flaitz
Dr. Rebecca Fountain 

Dr. Chirstopher  Frankmore 
Dr. Patricia  Halloran 
Dr. Catherine  Hao
Dr. Braxton Haremza
Dr. Joshua Heimerdinger
Dr. Zachary Hernann
Dr. Nadeen Ibrahim
Dr. Rebecca  Ivins 
Dr. Teerthesh Jain
Dr. Christopher Johnson
Dr. Justin Jones 
Dr. Nisha Kamath
Dr. Minwoo Kim
Dr. Joanna Kopytek
Dr. Laura Kuhne 
Dr. Tyler Leavitt
Dr. Lynette Lim
Dr. Conor Maguire-Hore
Dr. Sirisha Mahesh
Dr. Rick Martin
Dr. Heidi Meuret
Dr. Margo Nagel
Dr. Mary Namy
Dr. Kristina Noding
Dr. Nicholas Nutile
Dr. Adam Olsen
Dr. Daniel Peterson
Dr. William  Primomo 
Dr. Daniel Cameron Reece
Dr. Rebekah Reed
Dr. Lauren Roberts
Dr. Eunkwang Roh
Dr. Jennifer Rubin
Dr. Ryan Scheidel 
Dr. Nichole  Schiro
Dr. Joshua Sharp
Dr. Ahmed Shujairi
Dr. Katherin Sislow
Dr. Adam Staffen
Dr. Madelyn Stumpos
Dr. Justin  Tullis
Dr. Carly Warden
Dr. Blake Weber
Dr. Brandon Wilcox 
Dr. Joshua Willens
Dr. John Yancey 
Dr. Betty Yip 
Dr. Michael Zendig

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Featured Events

Indoor Rock Climbing: On March 4, have an evening of fun, friends and rock climbing at Earth Treks - Englewood. Instruction by climbing experts will be provided and beginners are welcome. 
Read more.
NDC March Social: A free, casual and no-agenda chance to meet and socialize with your colleagues over food and drinks at 10 Barrel Brewing with the CDA New Dentist Committee March 12Learn more.
NDC SPEAKeasy Symposium: On April 25, join us for a well-rounded, comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to different arenas of dentistry and medicine that covers everything from sleep apnea to wellness. RSVP.
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