Volume 28 Number 2 Spring 2015 - North Dakota Dental Hygienists

Dakota Hygiene
The Official Publication of the
North Dakota
Dental Hygienists’ Association
Volume 28 Number 2
Spring 2015
President’s Message By: Rachelle Gustafson
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one most responsive to change.”
What a great quote to think about as we look toward the future of the dental hygiene profession. This is an exciting time for hygienists in ND and
throughout the nation. Our profession of dental hygiene is on the move
and in a state of transformation working towards new goals.
In my last message I left you with these questions … Where do we go from
here? What are the goals and ambitions for the hygienists in ND? Let me assure you, the
North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association will continue to protect the integrity of our profession, our scope of practice, and work to address the need to increase access to dental care in
North Dakota.
This past January, the NDDHA was invited to work collaboratively with a dedicated group of
stakeholders to draft a legislative bill that would create an Advanced Practice Dental Hygienist
in ND. This is a group of concerned citizens worked together to promote and increase access
to oral health care in ND. We have worked to insure that the high standards of dental hygiene
education remain; allowing the dental hygiene professional to continue to work at the top of
their scope of practice. More information on SB2354 follows in the legislative update found
on page 8 and 9.
In order to achieve these goals and future endeavors we must remember to support, empower
and mentor one another and most importantly, stay active within your professional organization, the NDDHA.
Yes change is in the air…your voice, your membership, YOU MATTER! Let’s Lean In, Take
Risk, and MOVE Forward! TOGETHER we can transform the profession of dental hygiene in
North Dakota!
President …………….Rachelle Gustafson
[email protected]
Past President……..………. Dana Schmit
[email protected]
President Elect……………...Judy Bernat
[email protected]
NDDHA Mission Statement:
To improve the public’s total health, the mission of the North
Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association is to advance the art and
science of dental hygiene by increasing the awareness of and
ensuring access to quality oral health care, promoting the highest
standards of dental hygiene education , licensure and practice, and
representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.
Vice President…….…...Christina O’Neill
[email protected]
Secretary…………………...Amber Wulff
[email protected]
Newsletter Topics:
Treasurer………………….Amy Schaefer
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Membership Trustee.....Crystal Shumake
[email protected]
Resource Trustee…….Jessy Breidenbach
[email protected]
Delegate……..………...…...Karla Jalbert
[email protected]
Editor………….....…………Ashly Hellen
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ADHA District VII…...…Tammy Filipiak
[email protected]
9 A.M. – 4 P.M. CDT Mon. – Fri.
ADHA Central Office
444 N Michigan Ave, Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60611
NDDHA Website
Member ND Board of Dental Examiners
Cathy Cornell
461 Elmwood Ave
Fargo ND, 58103
[email protected]
NDSCS RDH Director
Kathryn Dockter
NDSCS—Allied Dental Education Dept.
800 N 6th St
Wahpeton, ND 58076
[email protected]
ND Oral Health Program Director
Kimberlie Yineman, RDH, BS
Division of Family Health
[email protected]
Page 3: Four Awards
Page 4: Open Positions on BOT
Page 5: Non-BOT Positions
Page 6: National Children's
Dental Health Month
Page 7: ND Quits
Page 8: Legislative Report
Page 9: Legislative Report (cont)
Page 10: Oral Cancer Awareness
Page 11: New NDDHA Members
Page 12: “Open Wide”
Page 13: Mark Your Calendar
The North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association is pleased to announce 4
awards which recognize the efforts and commitment of outstanding individuals
in the dental hygiene profession as well as those who have made significant contributions to oral health care in North Dakota. Nomination forms are available
on NDDHA website, www.nddha.org. Or contact Dana Shmidt at
[email protected] for more information. This is a great way to
acknowledge a friend or coworker for all they do!
Outstanding Dental Hygienist of the Year:
Purpose: This award is presented to an individual who has contributed outstanding service in the dental hygiene
field. This may be done across the state of ND or in their local community.
1. Accomplishments
2. Length and quality of project that was completed
3. Any offices or promotions achieved
4. Commitment and dedication to the profession
5. Timeliness and creativity developed in the project
6. Collaboration with other professionals
Outstanding Young Professional:
Purpose: This award is presented to recognize an individual that displays enthusiasm and professionalism for the
field of dental hygiene.
1. Must have graduated from an accredited college within the past 5 years
2. Must have performed a project that displayed the importance of dental hygiene to their recipients
3. Timeliness and creativity of the project
4. Collaboration with other professionals
Distinguished Service Award or Outstanding NDDHA Award:
Purpose: This award is presented to recognize an individual involved in NDDHA for his/her commitment, dedication, and service to our organization and the field of dental hygiene.
1. Must be a member of ADHA/NDDHA
2. Number of years in service to our organization
3. Quality of project or the number of recipients that benefitted from the project
4. Should not hold a current office on the NDDHA Board of Trustees at the time of appointment
5. Accomplishments
6. Offices held (state, region, national)
7. Dedication and commitment to NDDHA and to the profession of dental hygiene.
8. Collaboration with other professionals
Oral Health Hero Award or Dental Hygiene Hero Award or NDDHA Hero Award:
Purpose: This award was established to recognize an individual that has made significant contribution to oral health
care in ND.
1. Cannot be a member of the dental profession or any of its auxiliaries
2. Quality of contribution to the state and its citizens
3. Timeliness and creativity of the project.
4. Number of recipients that were impacted by the contribution
5. Advocacy for public access of dental care
Open Positions on the BOT
President Elect - This is a three
year term. Will transition to President for the 2nd year and then on
to Immediate Past President for Vice President - This
is a two year term.
the 3rd year.
Duty is to arrange our
CE speakers and
Treasurer - This is a two
year term. Duties are to
arrange yearly budget,
write checks, and is
in charge of our
registration for CE events. Membership Trustee - This
is a two year term. Duty is to
reach out to current and
potential members and to
Non-BOT Positions Open:
ADHA Delegate - Represents NDDHA at
ADHA's Center for Life-long Learning (CLL)
and House of Delegates (HOD). Previous
experience as an ADHA Alternate Delegate is
ADHA Alternate Delegate - Represents
NDDHA at ADHA's Center for Life-long
Learning (CLL) and House of Delegates
(HOD). No previous experience is required.
February is Children's Dental
Health Month
February is known as National Children’s Dental Health
Month. Many schools and daycares throughout North
Dakota had dental professionals/dental students come in and
do presentations on good oral hygiene for children. In
February, I was able to go to a school in Williston, North
Dakota with a co-worker Krystin Raabe, RDA (from Maisey
Dental Clinic). We presented to first graders and third graders, what good oral hygiene is, and talked them through what
goes on during an appointment with the dentist and hygienist.
We were very pleased to hear how educated most of the students knew about the dental office and about good brushing
and flossing. They understand why regular checkups are important. We had them brush pop and juice stains off of an egg.
The purpose of that was to show them how long it really takes
to brush the teeth until they are very clean. Students who
brushed for a short time did not remove much stain at all.
Therefore students who brushed for two minutes or longer
had eggs that were less stained. We gave the students each a
new toothbrush, some toothpaste, disclosing tablets and some
floss picks. It was a very fun experience, the students had a lot
of fun with the activities.
Submitted by:
Ashly Hellen, RDH
Legislative Update:
NDDHA’s main legislative activity has revolved around Senate Bill 2354,
which would have lead to the creation of an Advanced Practice Dental
Hygienist in North Dakota. The Bill has been defeated on the Senate
floor. We had been encouraged by the Do Pass recommendation the Bill
received coming out of the Senate Human Service Committee; but, unfortunately it was not to be.
Thank you to the Bill sponsors, the stakeholders and supporters, as well
as to those who provided excellent testimony in favor of the Bill. To those
of you whom took the time to reach out to your Senators by email or in
person, your efforts are greatly appreciated and hopefully you found it to
be a gratifying experience. Your support and efforts are what propels our
profession forward!
The Bill may not have been successful this year, but our Profession is
stronger because we came together for a cause we all believe in; increasing access to dental care in North Dakota. We will continue to work collaboratively with dental entities and stakeholders to look for ways to
overcome barriers to care as well as allowing dental hygienists to work in
environments that encourage working to the fullest extent of our education and scope of practice.
Now our focus will turn toward the proposed amendments to the Administrative Rules. The Administrative Rule changes were delayed because
our memberships sent over 160 letters of concerns regarding safeguards
to patient’s dental health, educational and competency requirements, as
well as the lack of a public comment period on the arbitrary changes. The
overwhelming membership response speaks to the importance we all
place on maintaining the integrity and quality of our profession. NDDHA
will keep you posted on the advancement of the Rules and the Hearing
Legislative Update Continued...
One of the benefits of membership in your professional organization is
the assurance that the changes and challenges the profession of dental hygiene is facing are being monitored, not only on the state level but also on
the national stage through the ADHA. Membership support is vital for
meeting advocacy goals as well as for the preservation of our profession.
I encourage you to reach out to NDDHA, the Board of Dental Examiners,
and your legislators if you would like to voice your concerns regarding
dental care in North Dakota.
Respectfully submitted,
Judy Bernat, RDH, BAH
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month:
Oral and pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper
throat) collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every
day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, only about 60% will live longer than 5 years. Moreover,
many who do survive suffer long-term problems such as severe
facial disfigurement or difficulties eating and speaking. The
death rate associated with oral and pharyngeal cancers remains
particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered
late in its development.
Because OMSs are unique within dentistry in their ability to diagnose and treat these conditions, AAOMS supports and encourages members to participate in the two oral cancer observances during April. The Oral Cancer Foundation supports Oral
Cancer Awareness Month and encourages dental and medical
professionals to conduct free oral cancer screenings nationwide
throughout the month, and the Head and Neck Cancer
Alliance has designated April 12-18, 2015 as Oral Head and
Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW).
Help spread the word!
For more information visit:
Recognizing New NDDHA Members this Quarter:
Heather Volk, Hazen ND
Tara Stockhausen, New Town ND
Samantha Short, Fargo ND
Thank you for helping support your profession!
Mark Your Calendar
NDDHA Spring Meeting:
Astoria Hotel, Dickinson, ND
March 27, 2015
Topic and Speakers:
Noel Kelsch : Infection Control with a Twist (2 CE)
Identifying Methamphetamine Abuse and Treatment Protocol (4 CE)
Fall Session:
Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo, ND
September 17th-19th , 2015
Topic and Speakers:
Friday 18th: Pamela Zarkowski
-Ethics/Jurisprudence (2CE)
-(4CE) TBA
Saturday 19th: Carol Jahn, RDH, MS
-That’s Not What I Learned in School (3CE)
-How to Reach your Fullest Potential Mastering the DH Process of
Care (3CE)
Future ADHA Annual Session Meetings/CLL:
Omni Hotel, Nashville, TN
June 17th-23rd , 2015
Change of Name or Address?
Notify the following:
ADHA Central Office
444 N Michigan
Chicago, Ill. 60611
[email protected]
ND Board of Dental Examiners
PO Box 7246
Bismarck, ND 58507
Chapter 43-20-12.2 of the ND Century Code. Notice to board of change of address.
A licensed dental hygienist shall notify the secretary-treasurer of the board of dental
examiners of any new address within thirty days of the address/name change. A licensed
dental hygienist may not practice in this state for more than thirty days after the change of
address without complying with this section.
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