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Dec 18 2020
If it has been said once, it has been said a thousand times that 2020 has been an unforgiving year of unprecedented hardship and untold financial losses across the noble profession of dentistry. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc not only in dentistry but in all walks of life across the nation sparing no demographic groups. Would ... [continue reading]
Dec 18 2020
A call for nominations is now extended for dentist board member positions on the Ohio State Dental Board. The Ohio Dental Association has the opportunity to recommend nominees to the governor of Ohio for a possible dentist board member opening on the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB), which may be vacant in April 2021. The board member position is ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Dental Association has served as a significant source of information for dentists and the dental profession. During the height of the pandemic, the ODA sent out emails on an almost daily basis, provided updates on our website, shared information on social media and hosted Facebook Live sessions and video ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
The current coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges in our society. This public health crisis has caused sickness and deaths and has negatively impacted our economy. It has altered nearly everyone’s life as businesses, churches, schools, restaurants, health care facilities and more have been closed or severely restricted. Our ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
Over the last few months, I have received many calls from dentists regarding the Terminal Distributor of Dangerous Drugs license (TDDD). Most of these calls have stemmed from a document sent by suppliers asking for TDDD license numbers. The paperwork also includes a response where a dentist can indicate he or she is exempt from having a TDDD. The ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
The Ohio Dental Association's Medicaid Working Group has acted upon and continues to address a number of matters relative to Ohio's Medicaid dental program. Rebidding Ohio’s Medicaid HMO contracts Early last year Gov. Mike DeWine called on the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) to rebid the state of Ohio’s contracts with the private ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
Ohio's Interim Director of Public Health Lance Himes recently signed an order that requires people in Ohio to wear a mask. This requirement applies to any indoor location that is not a residence. There are some exceptions, including when an individual is alone in an enclosed space. For dental offices, any staff member that is not alone in an ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
The Ohio State Dental Board voted at its June 10 meeting to accept manikin-based clinical examinations administered by regional testing agencies through Dec. 31, 2020, effective immediately, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to both dentists and hygienists for their initial Ohio license. In advance of this decision, the Ohio Dental ... [continue reading]
May 3 2020
As dentists work to reopen their offices, I remind them that we are all required to follow the Ohio State Dental Board’s Guidelines. The OSDB’s statement – issued on April 28, 2020 is reproduced below. “As per the Governor’s announcement on April 27, 2020, dental offices are permitted to open on May 1, 2020 to provide ... [continue reading]
May 1 2020
The Ohio Dental Association Annual Session Committee hosted a 2020 ODA Annual Session Sneak Peek on April 30. The course "What’s Next: Practicing Dentistry After COVID-19" was presented by Periodontist and researcher Dr. Purnima Kumar and Ohio State Dental Board President, Dr. Kumar Subramanian and moderated by ODA President Dr. Sharon ... [continue reading]
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