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Reintroduction of Fluoride to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Municipal Water Supply

(Posted: 05/25/2017)

Please send a brief email before ASAP to:  abqfluoride2017@gmail.com  and state your support for reinstating water fluoridation in Albuquerque.

Results "for" and "against" will be tallied before the final vote at the next meeting of the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. See ABC-WUA.org for more information. In addition, if you are a constituent of a Water Board member (see ABC-WUA website), please contact him/her separately.

Please plan on attending the WUA board meeting on August 23, 2017  at 5pm, at the City/ County Government Center at One Civic Plaza downtown. Your presence counts! 

FACT: "Community water fluoridation is as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable and safe measures communities can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health."

Please share this information with your colleagues, patients, family and friends.

Be sure to sign with your name and address.

For more information, contact barb.posler@gmail.com

Please click here for ABCWUA Board information. 

Please click here for the 10 Reasons to Fluoridate Public Water article. 

 

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Annual NMDHA Delegate's Report 2017

(Posted: 07/13/2017)

Provided below is the Annual NMDHA Delegate's Report 2017.

 Annual NMDHA Delegate's Report 2017 - ADHA Annual Conference.pdf

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Scientific Session 2017

(Posted: 10/20/2017)

NMDHA's 29th Annual Scientific Session

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017

UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE,  Albuquerque, NM

Contact:  Mary Kaye Vigil marykayevigil@aol.com

More informationon Events Page.

NMDHA is not associated with any CE Tracker.  Use of a CE tracker is optional.  Hard copy CE certificates will be available at Scientific Session.

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Mission of Mercy 2017

(Posted: 05/01/2017)

When: Friday & Saturday, September 22-23, 2017.

Where: Albuquerque, NM.  Exact location TBA.

Registration Begins: March 20, 2017 

Contact: http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org

The NM Dental Foundation is a 501 (c) 3
Contributions are tax deductible as allowed.

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Legislative Update 2017 - The Dental Therapist Bill

(Posted: 03/25/2017)

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....

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New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare New Rule Changes

(Posted: 02/05/2017)
On January 27, 2017 the NM Dental Hygienists' Committee voted to eliminate the local anesthesia clinical board exam requirement for graduates of  an accredited dental hygiene program that meet certain requirements. A written regional board exam remains a requirement for licensure.
 
New definitions and rule requirements were adopted for 'Mobile Dental Facility' and 'Portable Dental Unit' and apply to providers offering services outside the traditional dental office.
 
More information on both of these changes will be available in the next few months at the New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare's website. Click here for more information. 
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A CE Certificate is not the only way to prove attendance.

(Posted: 04/17/2016)

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.

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Would you like to receive updates regarding events & CEs geared toward NM hygienists?

(Posted: 10/03/2014)

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!

 

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A CE focused on rules & regulations.

(Posted: 05/13/2015)

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.

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Have you had a change of name, address, or employment?

(Posted: 02/12/2017)

16.5.1.9 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 barb.posler@gmail.com

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Prophylaxis vs. Coronal Polishing

(Posted: 02/02/2013)

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.