Issue # 10
July 31, 2020
We are dedicated to sending you good vibrations and helping our dental community share good information with each other.
Submissions are FREE for EVERYONE!
We invite EVERYONE in our dental community to participate, vendors too!
The name of this publication is Good Vibrations, so we are looking for positive and helpful submissions to share.
Now accepting submissions. Here are the particulars:
* This publication will now be sent on the last Friday of each month before noon. Submissions must be in by the previous Tuesday at 9 a.m.
* Please keep submissions to 50 words or less - you may also include one photo and one link, in addition to the 50 words (So, you will have to be creative!)
* Seriously, no negative stuff - please share positive, helpful or fun news.
KBD - Provisional Licenses Extended to Sept. 25, 2020
The Board of Dentistry has approved the extended use of provisional licenses until Sept. 25. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board issued an April 17, 2020 memorandum, that, among other provisions, created a temporary licensure process to allow recent dental and dental hygiene school graduates to practice for 90 days without having passed the required clinical examinations. A revised memo was issued on July 20 stating that all provisional licenses, regardless of the date of issue, shall now expire on September 25, 2020. All other policies in the original
April 17 memo
Check here for potential sources for all types of PPE on our resource page. We will add new sources as we receive them.
Disclaimer: While the KDA will make every effort to list legitimate PPE providers, a company's inclusion on this page in no way reflects any endorsement from the KDA, whatsoever. Please take thoughtful care when dealing with any company. Do your own additional vetting of any entity, before you act.
At a time when it may be hard to gain CE credits, Dr. Jyme Charette is offering monthly free CE on hot topics.
You can hear about upcoming topics here:
ADA Tip Sheet Helps Health Care Professionals Avoid Counterfeit N95 Masks
The ADA News (5/7, Versaci) reports that the ADA has "created a tip sheet with guidance from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help health care professionals avoid buying or using counterfeit N95 respirators, which are often simply referred to as masks." For instance, suspicious websites or marketplaces may have "a primary email contact that uses a free email service; typos, bad grammar and other errors; broken links; and unfinished content." In addition, N95 counterfeit masks may lack or misspell NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) on its marking, lack an approval number or other type of marking, have ear loops rather than a headband, claim approval for use by children, or include decorative add-ons.
The ADA also offers a free, on-demand webinar called Respiratory Protection in the Era of COVID-19 that includes presentations from two infection control experts from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and focuses on the steps necessary to introduce the use of N95 and other masks into the dental office.
The ADA also created a chart that highlights the characteristics of several common types of masks and their appropriate uses.
From ADA News, May 7, 2020
Stand for Hope!
Tonight, and every night that I have to report a fatality, it's a small thing but we're going to light the Kentucky Governor's Mansion green. Green is the color of compassion, it's the color of empathy. It's also a color of renewal.
Gov. Andy Beshear
Text from LEO Magazine, April 17, 2020
Photo: Louisville City Hall
Have you seen any green lights
Send us a picture!
See the Latest Innovation from Crest/Oral-B!
We are very excited to share information with you on our NEW Oral-B® iOTM. Oral B has unveiled a new electric rechargeable toothbrush and we want to make sure that you are one of the first to learn about this new technology. Oral-B® iOTM Combines Oscillation Rotations and Micro-vibrations for a Sensational Clean Patients can't Resist.
If you would like more information please contact your Crest + Oral B representative! If you are unsure who your rep is, you may also request a Teach & Learn for more information.
From Sonya Salisbury at Crest/Oral B
KY Dept. for Family Services introduces
Critical Care Decontamination System
To protect our healthcare workers and address the PPE shortage across the U.S., we are pleased to announce the arrival of a Battelle CCDS
TM Critical Care Decontamination System in Louisville.
The Battelle CCDS
TM will provide healthcare facilities throughout the state a process to decontaminate N95 or N95-equivalent respirators for reuse up to 20 times without degrading the respirator's performance. The system can decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 respirators a day.
From Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner, KY Dept. for Public Health
COVID19 PPE Request Fact Sheet
We are sharing information from Dr. Julie McKee, State Dental Director regarding PPE. Please see the link below and refer to it as appropriate.
From Dr. Julie McKee, KY State Dental Director
Colgate is here for you during these "crazy" times!
We care for the dental community and have taken many steps to support you as we live through this together.
As a reminder - the Colgate Oral Health Network is a wonderful tool that provides information and hundreds of FREE CE options. Many programs have been added in the past few weeks and there are many more to come. Please visit
to access these programs.
Stay safe, stay healthy, this too shall pass and we're in this TOGETHER.
From Christie Pfeffer of Colgate
Free Virtual Dental Educational discussion
IU Health Dental School-Riley Pediatric Dental School
"Dental Manifestistestions of Hypophosphatasia"
Aug 21st Friday EDT
An overlooked disease Hypophosphatasia or HPP!!
HPP is a genetic condition resulting in Abnormal Dental Health
> Missing Teeth or Teeth that will fall out
> Delayed Eruption
> Root Canals
> Advanced Periodontal Disease
> Dentures at an early Age
> Bone Hypo-mineralization
Refer to Meeting ID number: ALX0004645
Available for DDS, Dental Assistants, Hygienists and Residents
KASPER Prescriber Report Cards have returned
It's easier than ever to read, identify high risk patients and view prescribing comparisons within your specialty. Follow the instructions in the KASPER - KOG User Guide to access KASPER, select your dental specialty, and view your report.
From David R. Hopkins,
KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Dental Lifeline Network Partner Resources for COVID-19
Submitted by Jennifer Venerable of Dental Lifeline Network
Here's wishing you GOOOOD VIBRATIONS!
Take care out there, eat your vegetables, take your vitamins, wash your hands for 20 seconds after everything you do and stay away from everybody! We want to see you on the flip side!