On September 20, 2017, in a 5 to 2 vote, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority governing board approved a measure to add fluoride to the municipal water supply. It should take six to eight months before the fluoridation begins, according to the authority's engineering staff.
The Water Authority was urged to resume supplemental fluoridation for the sake of the community's dental health. Several board members stated that the key factor influencing their vote to reinstate community water fluoridation was the strong scientific evidence the dental and medical professionals sited and provided for the board to study. NMDHA worked diligently alongside NMDA, The Department of Oral Health and other health professionals to inform the Water Authority of the benefits of fluoridated water including the fact that community water fluoridation is one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable and safe measures communities can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. Other considerations supporting the addition of fluoride to the Albuquerque area water supply were the benefits for low-income and disadvantaged populations in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
The Water Authority stopped adding fluoride to the water supply in 2011 and waited for federal guidelines on optimal levels. According to those guidelines, natural levels in our water are too low to support good dental health. The optimal recommended level is 0.7 PPM (Parts Per Million).
Thank-you to all of you who supported this measure!
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Please click here for ABCWUA Board information.
Please click here for the 10 Reasons to Fluoridate Public Water article.
Provided below is the Annual NMDHA Delegate's Report 2017.
Even though the Dental Therapist bill did not pass, we consider the 2017 Legislative Session to have been a success for the Dental Therapy licensing legislation. HB 264, the 2017 Dental Access/Dental Therapy bill, did pass unamimously through its two assigned House committees!!! It then passed on the NM House Floor with 60 - 5 votes. The bill then went on to pass unamimously out of the Senatte Public Affairs Committee where it had been stalled in years past. However, in spite of every effort, we were not able to attain the necessary votes in the second-assigned Senate Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the sponsor of the bill decided to pull the bill and end on a high note.
A big thank-you to all who supported this bill and worked hard to make it a reality. Our work continues....
The New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care offers several options for verification of course attendance. Check them all out on page 35 of the Rules and Regulations. "Dental Hygienists, Continuing Education Requirements" can be found on page 103. Familiarize yourself with all the rules & regs as there are changes yearly.
NMDHA provides an e-blast service, reminding you of upcoming events and CEs.
In order to shoot these updates to your inbox, NMDHA must receive your request to be added to the e-blast list. Send your request along with your email address to Kelly Valdez-Ayres, It's as easy as that!
The NM Board of Dental Health Care offers a low-cost, 3-hour, open-book jurisprudence CE. Rules change yearly and it is your responsibility to comply with and stay current with the rules.
For details about the CE go to http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/dental_health_care.aspx and click on Exam and Education Schedule, or for the actual exam, click on Forms and Applications.
188.8.131.52 B. “Any change in practice address(s) must be reported to the Board of Dental Health Care in writing within 30 days of the change." www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Dental_Health_Care.aspx
Know the expiration date of your license- it is the licensee’s responsibility. Do not rely on an automatic renewal notice.
NMDHA also needs current contact information. To update your contact information to NMDHA, email Barb Posler firstname.lastname@example.org
It has come to the attention of the New Mexico Dental Hygienists Committee and the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care, that some dental practices may be allowing dental assistants to perform coronal polishing on patients, particularly pediatric and adolescent, and billing this procedure out as a "prophylaxis". Just a reminder, coronal polishing does not constitute a dental prophylaxis and patients need to be assessed for the presence of plaque and calculus and scaled, if needed, by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist.
If a complaint is filed against a dental practice/dentist engaging in this practice and it is proven, your license could be held accountable for malpractice and insurance fraud. The definition of prophylaxis according to the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care's Rules and Regulations is: "the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from tooth structures as to control irritational factors", as seen in NM61-5A-4. The rules further state that coronal polishing is "not to be represented as a prophylaxis", NM61-5A-5. Dental assistants must also be certified to expose radiographs, apply sealants, and to perform coronal polishing. If you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the NM Board of Dental Health Care.