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Jun 6 2019
Last month, my column discussed the Ohio State Dental Board's recent efforts to reform its rules related to specialty recognition and advertising. This process started more than two years ago and is starting to take its final form. As part of the rule-making process in Ohio, certain rules must be submitted to the Ohio Common Sense Initiative (CSI) ... [continue reading]
May 8 2019
Last month's column reviewed some recent developments related to dental specialty designation and advertising. I pointed out that in 2016, the Ohio State Dental Board changed its rules to clarify that dentists who meet the criteria for specialty status and hold themselves out as specialists do not have to limit their practice to performing only ... [continue reading]
Apr 4 2019
Regular readers of this column know about the changes that have occurred related to dental specialty recognition and advertising regulations in recent years. Below is a quick review of major developments from the last few years and a review of recent criticisms of the current dental specialty recognition process. Next month, I will provide ... [continue reading]
Mar 11 2019
According to last year's ODA membership survey results, member dentists rate "lobbying on behalf of the dental profession" as the ODA’s highest priority. As practicing dentists, members understand that dentistry is a highly regulated profession and that it is important for policymakers to understand how their decisions might impact oral ... [continue reading]
Feb 1 2019
As many of you know, we survey our member dentists following every ODA event (Annual Session, Leadership Institute, etc.) and about every product or service we provide to our members. We do this to ensure our events, products and services are meeting the needs and expectations of our member dentists. In addition to these targeted surveys, we also ... [continue reading]
Jan 8 2019
The ODA will host its annual Leadership Institute on Friday, March 15, 2019 and Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Hotel in Columbus. This event is open to all ODA members and is a great way to recharge your batteries. This year’s programming is especially enticing with valuable information on dental practice issues, ... [continue reading]
Dec 13 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, it is worth reflecting on the amazing impact Ohio's dental leaders have had on organized dentistry and the dental profession. In October, Dr. Joe Crowley from Cincinnati concluded his term as ADA president and Dr. Ron Lemmo from Cleveland concluded his term as ADA treasurer. I have worked with them both for more than 20 ... [continue reading]
Nov 12 2018
ODA's membership surveys regularly show that one of the most valued benefits of belonging to organized dentistry is advocacy. ODA's recent successes at the Statehouse and its current advocacy activities confirm the value of membership. In the last few years, the ODA has successfully advocated to: Stop radical proposals that would create a new ... [continue reading]
Aug 30 2018
The ODA regularly surveys its members. If you have ever attended an ODA event – whether it is the Leadership Institute, Day at the Statehouse, or Annual Session – chances are you received a survey from us following the event. If you participated in a specific ODA program or utilized an ODA-endorsed product, we likely sent you an ... [continue reading]
Aug 6 2018
As is the case in most states, the Ohio Dental Practice Act forbids dentists from "advertising services in a false or misleading manner or violating the (Ohio State Dental) Board’s rules governing time, place, and manner of advertising." Similarly the "ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct" states that "no dentist shall ... [continue reading]
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