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September 27, 2022

Volume: X  Issue: 17

Teledentistry in Texas
3 Part Webinar Series

Teledentistry in TexasWe are pleased to host the second course in our Teledentistry in Texas learning series entitled, “Selection of Teledentistry Platforms and Utilization in Alternative Care Settings” presented by Dr. McAlister Castelaz, DMD, FAGD on Friday, October 14, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT.

In this course, we will examine available teledentistry platforms and discuss considerations in the selection of platforms for your clinical practice. Often the setting the dentist and care team is seeking to utilize teledentistry will influence platform selection. We will review the utilization of teledentistry in alternative care settings such as nursing homes, schools, hospitals, or public health clinics among others. 

One hour of continuing dental education credit will be awarded for those submitting a completed online evaluation. Registration is complimentary but required at https://bit.ly/TeleReg-1022 to receive your webinar link and passcode.

To learn more about our featured speaker, course description, and learning objectives, please visit https://txohc.org/education/teledentistry-texas.
In this course, we will examine available teledentistry platforms and discuss considerations in the selection of platforms for your clinical practice. Often the setting the dentist and care team is seeking to utilize teledentistry will influence platform selection. We will review the utilization of teledentistry in alternative care settings such as nursing homes, schools, hospitals, or public health clinics among others. 

One hour of continuing dental education credit will be awarded for those submitting a completed online evaluation. Registration is complimentary but required at https://bit.ly/TeleReg-1022 to receive your webinar link and passcode.

To learn more about our featured speaker, course description, and learning objectives, please visit https://txohc.org/education/bullock-lecture-series/.


Dental Coalition Urges CMS to Increase Access to Dental Surgeries in Ambulatory Surgical Centers

According to a recent American Dental Association (ADA) article, “Dental coalition urges CMS to increase access to dental surgeries in ambulatory surgical centers,” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), ADA, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase access to dental surgeries in ambulatory surgical centers.

These organizations are leading a coalition of dental stakeholders in supporting a proposed rule that would increase access to dental surgeries in hospital operating rooms but would like CMS to make sure that ambulatory surgical centers are included as well by including a single CDT code on the ambulatory surgical centers Covered Procedures List, according to comments filed September 13, 2022.

Read the full ADA article here

Read the Coalition’s comments to CMS in full here.


TSBDE Update

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners recently published their August 2022 Newsletter. Read the full newsletter here.

This newsletter discusses a number of issues pertaining to Texas dentistry including: 

  • A TSBDE invitation to connect with Texas educators and hear updates from dental, hygiene and dental assisting programs
  • Dental Practice Act Occupational Health Safety Code Common Violations
  • Anesthesia
    • The American Society of Anesthesiologist’s (ASA) Physical Status classification
    • Rules pertaining to TSBDE’s sedation and anesthesia compliance inspections
    • Anesthesia reminder for high-risk and pediatric patients
  • and more!

Cook Children’s Presents: Ask The Docs About Prenatal Health

Ask the Docs FlyerTxOHC is excited to provide continuing dental education credit for Cook Children’s Ask the Docs About Prenatal Health Webinar Series on September 28, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM CDT with “Who Do You Call: Making the Referral Connection” presented by Monica Anderson, DDS, DBA, and Patricia Braun MD, MPH, FAAP. 

Did you know teens and women are not getting the dental care they need during pregnancy?

Be a part of the conversation to explore why making the referral connection between dental and medical providers is crucial for improving the health of mom and baby before, during and after pregnancy.

For complete webinar information and registration, please visit  https://bit.ly/Ask-the-Docs. 


New TxOHC Self-Instructional Courses

TxOHC offers multiple online self-instructional continuing dental education courses.  Recently we have added a fourth Prescriber and a maternal health self-instructional courses. Please view the full list of course below.

For Prescribers
Prescriber courses include:

  • Mental Health & Opioid Use Disorder: Using the PMP to improve patient-centered care & communication *NEW August 31, 2022*
  • Statewide Mandate Compliance Using the PMP to Provide Patient-Centered Care
  • Maximizing Your Limited Time: Navigating Challenging Patient Conversations
  • Single Use Disposal Systems (SUDS) Training for Dentists

Prenatal Health
Ask The Docs About Prenatal Health series with Cook Children’s

  • Maternal Depression: Signs, Facts & Resources *NEW*

Oral Pathology
Dr. Paras Patel’s oral pathology lecture series includes:

  • Oral Cancer Update
  • Oral Manifestations of Systemic Diseases and Conditions
  • Common Lesions of the Oral Cavity, from Diagnosis to Treatment

Health Literacy
Matt Jacob’s health literacy series includes:

  • The Power of Audience Insight
  • Using Storytelling to Engage
  • Making Data Count Building
  • Your Social Media Presence
  • Speaking Up for Fluoride

ADA HPI Report Dentists Who Participate in Medicaid

Kid at dentistThe American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute (ADA HPI) recently held a webinar about a journal article published in July titled “Dentists Who Participate in Medicaid: Who They Are, Where They Locate, How They Practice.” 

View the webinar recording and slides here.

Read the journal article here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/10775587221108751


Smiles of Hope Clinic

Smile of Hope ClinicWhat: In partnership with the San Antonio District Dental Society (SADDS), San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic is pleased to announce a community event to address the oral health needs of underserved Bexar County community members.

When: Friday, October 28, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hygiene Clinic (Cleanings) Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dental Clinic (Fillings, Extractions)

Where: San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic – 1 Haven for Hope Way; Bldg. 1, Ste. 400; San Antonio TX, 78207. (GPS: 711 N. Frio)

Dental Volunteers (DDS, RDH, RDA) MUST hold an active TX license to practice.

Prospective patients are restricted to adult (18+) Bexar county residents only (Photo ID required).


TxOHC Member Spotlight

We are pNetworking Texasleased to welcome the following new TxOHC members who joined after August 17, 2022.

Individual Members: 

  • Emily Falls, RDH   
    Program Coordinator, College of the Mainland
    League City, TX
  • Deanna Otts-Whitfield, BSDH, MS
    Self-employed
    Wichita Falls, TX
  • Kim Thomas, CDA
    Dental product specialist, Midwest Dental
    Montgomery, TX 

Call for Presenters

Call for presentersThe Texas Oral Health Coalition is excited to continue hosting monthly webinars in 2023 with different topics and presenters on the second Friday of each month during the noon hour, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT. 

If you are interested in sharing your research or expertise, please complete and submit the linked documents below for consideration. 

Financial Disclosure and Bio Speaker Proposal Submission


Welcome Organizational Members

    CommUnity Care Health Center Logo                          Texs Tech Health Science Center El Paso Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine                                    SA 90 Kids Dental                        San Antonio Christian Dental Clinics                        TAMU Dental Public Health Residency Program                                                                Special Need Dental

Join here if your organization is interested in joining our efforts to improve the oral healthcare system in Texas.


Dentist and Dental Hygienist Interstate Compact

“The Council of State Governments (CSG) is partnering with the Department of Defense (DoD), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) to support the mobility of licensed dentists and dental hygienists through the development of a new interstate compact. This compact will create reciprocity among participant states, and reduce the barriers to license portability.

An initial draft of the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact has been completed. The draft is now available for review and public comment.”

Comments or feedback on provisions in the draft Compact are due by September 30, 2022 via this feedback survey.

Learn more on the National Center for Interstate Compacts website at https://compacts.csg.org/compact-updates/dentistry-and-dental-hygiene/ and in this Dentist and Dental Hygienist Fact Sheet: https://compacts.csg.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/DDH_Compact_2pager_.pdf.

— National Center for Interstate Compacts | The Council of State Governments


Collaborative Stakeholder Agreement

Midwest Stakeholder Collaborative Flyer

As part of the Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative between TxOHC and Midwest Dental, TxOHC members and partners can be entered into a drawing for a Young™ Infinity™ Cordless Prophy Handpiece. For each merchandise or equipment order placed with Midwest Dental in excess of $500, your name will be added to the drawing.

The drawing will be held during the virtual TxOHC meeting on December 9, 2022. 

To determine your eligibility please contact Midwest.

Members must be present virtually to win. 


With much appreciation and sincerest gratitude, we wish to thank our 2022 Coalition Partners!

Midwest Dental Equipment and Supply
St. David's Foundation
Cook Children's
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