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Thursday
Apr192012

Hidden Losses: Workplace theft is more common than you might imagine. How to protect your practice.

By Alan Wicks, General Counsel to WSDA

Businesses of nearly every size and kind have an inherent exposure to financial loss due to employee dishonesty. Dentists are not immune. In fact, there are some characteristics of dental practices which might add to the risk. These include: small staffs with limited oversight or review; broad authority often delegated to a single individual; the large volume of relatively small transactions; and very busy practitioners. 

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Monday
Apr162012

Regulatory FAQ on Dental Anesthesia Assistants

On March 7, Governor Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5620, requiring the certification of dental anesthesia assistants. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

For more information contact Michael Walsh at michael@wsda.org.

Q: When will this law take effect?

A: The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) has begun the rule making process. This process will take approximately one year.

Q: What do you have to do to become certified?

A: To become certified as a CDAA, applicants must complete a DQAC-approved dental anesthesia assistant training course, and providing proof that the office where the CDAA will work possesses a valid general anesthesia permit. 

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Monday
Apr092012

Flouridated water a safe, low-cost public health tool

By Dr. Gary Goldbaum and Stephen J. Lee, DDS

Opinions about the safety of our community's drinking water were expressed in the March 24 guest commentary, "Fluoridated water supply: Utility should have to prove its safety." We'd like to present the facts.

Twenty years ago this spring, the City of Everett began adding fluoride to its public drinking water. Fluoride exists naturally in virtually all water supplies. Water is "fluoridated" when a public water system adjusts the fluoride to a level known to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation is simple, safe and inexpensive, and has contributed significantly to the remarkable decline in tooth decay in the United States since the practice began in 1945.

From the early 1970s to the present, the proportion of adolescents with tooth decay has decreased from 90 percent to 60 percent. Among adults the number of teeth with cavities decreased from 18 to 10. Although these are notable declines in tooth decay, it remains the most common chronic disease of childhood.
Thursday
Apr052012

In her own words: UWSoD STUDENT INNA PISKORSKA IN HAITI, Pt. 2

 Inna Piskorska is a third year dental student at the UWSoD, currently in Haiti with a group of dentists and students. The group is hosted by Medical Relief International, an organization formed by WSDA member Dr. Mike Karr. Piskorska approached the WSDA News about a story of her travels and experiences while in Haiti, and we asked her to start by blogging about her experiences while she was there. This is her second report. 

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