A message from the 2017-2018 CFDDA President, Dr. Bryan Bergens:
What’s up with the CFDDA? A lot! We are fast moving into 2018 (if not already there by the time you read this) and we are still facing some on-going concerns, such as membership participation at meetings, and volunteerism: FLA-MOM (March 9-10, 2018-Fort Myers), FDA Donated Dental Services, and the Dentists’ Day on the Hill. Please consider participating!
A new concerning challenge has appeared as Tallahassee legislature. A bill was filed to create a new level of dental provider — the dental therapist … and what a surprise, they will have a license to do irreversible procedures! That’s right folks, if the bill passes as is, the dental therapists can extract teeth, prep teeth, and perform other dental procedures that only a licensed dentist can perform as of today. It is because of these types of bills that we need to stay up-to-date on what is happening in Tallahassee. The FDA lobbyists are working hard on this issue and many others. For more information, turn to page 17.
Other active issues facing us now are proposed changes before the Florida Board of Dentistry regarding the hygienist scope of practice, as in the use of subgingival lasers, and other expanded functions. Take a moment to read the Board of Dentistry report on page 7 for more details. Remember to be on the lookout for CFDDA email blasts and newsletters to stay informed.
On a more positive note, the 2018 CFDDA Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching and will be here before you know it. Don’t wait to register and please don’t wait to reserve your room. The meeting is May 4th and 5th at the beautiful Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, with two fantastic speakers lined up. Dr. Harold Chasolen will speak Friday on seamless integration of aesthetics, form, and function of the restorative/periodontal interface, and Dr. Gerald Kugel will present Saturday, on adhesive dentistry and bioactive materials and the do’s and don’ts of porcelain laminate veneers. Earn up to 12 free continuing education credits (a great membership benefit) for dentists and hygienists. Bring your entire dental team — don’t miss this meeting!
Wishing everyone a Healthy and Prosperous New Year and I will see you at the CFDDA Annual Meeting!