Virtual Dental Home bill signed in California
On September 27, 2014 California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that expands the Virtual Dental Home project to community settings throughout the state.
The Virtual Dental Home uses technology to allow dental hygienists and assistants to provide care to people in the community with oversight and input from a dentist working remotely.
To learn more about the bill passed in California, click here.
To learn more about the Virtual Dental Home, click here.
Misinformation on Water Fluoridation
A 2014 review paper in The Lancet Neurology identified a number of potential development neurotoxins in children. Fluoride was one of them.
This paper has fueled debate as some U.S. municipalities are reassessing the amount of fluoride in their water sources.
Be prepared to answer questions from patients by reading more about the public health misinformation presented on water fluoridation here.
Oregon facing challenges implementing mid-level provider model
Despite a state law authorizing pilot projects to explore the possibilities for training and using dental therapists, no one in Oregon is currently pursuing the pilot project option.
Read more about the fight against mid-level providers in Oregon here.