Welcome to KDA's
 Good Vibrations  & Information Exchange! 
Issue # 12
September 25, 2020
#KDAgoodVibrations   #KDAinformationExchange   #KDAdentalCommunity
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.
* Send your submissions to melissa@kyda.org and she is gonna get the word out.

Remember, don't jinx it! 
Let's stay positive and finish out the year strong.

                                                                   Submitted by Holly Lang, Bisco

KBD - Provisional Licenses Extended to Sept. 25, 2020 (TODAY!)

The Board of Dentistry has approved the extended use of provisional licenses until Sept. 25 (TODAY!). 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 remain unchanged.

September/October coming, soon!

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If we don't use it, we're gonna lose it!
We need more folks to purchase our KDA specialty license plate or the state is gonna take it away! When you renew your license plate, ask about our specialty plate and support our Kentucky Dental Foundation. $10 of each license plate sale and each license registration renewal will be donated to the Foundation. Tax-deductible! 
You DO NOT have to be a member of the KDA to purchase these plates.
Check out our KDA PPE Resource Page

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.

Contact your Kentucky agent Seth Blann and for more detail visit www.carr.us       Submitted by Seth Blann, Carr

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

Patterson Dental organized its third "Meet Me in the Lot," a COVID-compliant outdoor CE event for Dental Practice Staff at Jeffersontown Veterans Memorial Park on August 27th, along with sponsors, Dentsply-Sirona, 3-Shape, SprintRay, Solea, and Ivoclar. This event provided a safe and healthy opportunity for local doctors to interact with one another, as well as remain updated on the latest technology. Special thanks to Dr. Matthew Vierra and Dr. Kenneth Parrish for hosting the event. 

Click here for Patterson Dental Local Events: http://www.pattersonevents.com/

                                               Submitted by Kevin Parker, Patterson Dental

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.

For more information, including examples of counterfeit N95 masks, visit Counterfeit Respirators/Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval on the CDC website.

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

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

Updated CDC Guidelines for Dental Settings:

Kentucky's Capitol in Frankfort

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 www.ColgateProfessional.com to access these programs.

Stay safe, stay healthy, this too shall pass and we're in this TOGETHER.

                                                     From Christie Pfeffer of Colgate

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

David Letterman at the Dentist!
From Dentist Remotes Collection on Letterman, 1987-93

Dental Lifeline Network Partner Resources for COVID-19
We have a blog post with some of our national partners' resources that others might find helpful too: https://dentallifeline.org/blog/partner-resources-for-covid-19/

                  Submitted by Jennifer Venerable of Dental Lifeline Network

Dental Lifeline Network Volunteers
Eleven dentists in the Avēsis Medicaid network were recently recognized for their volunteer service to the Dental Lifeline Network's Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. Together, these dentists have donated more than $130K in lifesaving dental care for 32 residents of Kentucky. These dentists are:
  • Dr. R.T. Bolin with Bohle Family Dentistry in Paducah
  • Dr. Joseph Cieslak with Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants in Louisville
  • Dr. Casey Crowdis in Louisville
  • Dr. Jeremy Fairbourn in Shelbyville
  • Dr. Shana Hughes in Russell Springs
  • Dr. Donald McLaurin in Winchester
  • Dr. Geoffrey Mills in Louisville
  • Dr. Les Neville with Neville Family Dentistry in Hart
  • Dr. Gilman Peterson and Dr. Michael Sexton with Erena & Peterson, PLLC of Fayette
  • Dr. Edwin Smith of Barbourville
DDS provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country's most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. The program operates through a volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,500 dental labs across the United States. Learn more or volunteer on the Dental Lifeline Network website.

                  Submitted by Lynn Corbin of Avesis

A list of helpful links for you...
(If you have a helpful link to share, send it in!)

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!