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American Dental Association Hosts Sleep Medicine Course

Aug. 8-9, Chicago

CHICAGO, June 26, 2014 — A good night’s sleep is always a joy, but a night of snoring can make your sleep routine a chore. Patients who snore or suffer from sleep apnea should look to their dentist for relief, so the American Dental Association (ADA) is offering a course that can teach dentists and their staff how to help patients rest easier. The course “Dental Sleep Medicine for the General Dental Team,” is scheduled to take place Aug. 8 - 9 at ADA Headquarters, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. The last day to register is Aug. 8.

Steve Carstensen, DDS, a diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, will lead the continuing education (CE) course in which attendees will earn 11 hours of CE. The first day provides an overview of sleep-disordered breathing and what the dental team can do to help patients,  the basics of sleep, dental appliances, how to work with sleep physicians to raise awareness and the role that medical insurance plays in covering sleep disorder treatment. The second day includes a hands-on workshop about dental appliances and reporting on sleep issues.

The course costs $395 for ADA members, $495 for nonmembers and $195 per dental team member. To register, please visit ADA.org.

 

Jack Klure: Charity care no replacement for Medicaid

By DR. JACK KLURE
January 26, 2014 


As the debate on Medicaid redesign or expansion continues to develop, one argument promoted by opponents is the idea of charity care as an alternative to improving Idaho’s public safety-net program. Charity care is alive and well in Idaho and has been helping to fill the gap for those in need for years. But charity care alone cannot solve this problem.


day events with lots of volunteers to maximize the number of patients treated. I recently participated in one of these events hosted by the Idaho State Dental Association, United Way of Treasure Valley, Carrington College and the Genesis World Mission. At the Dental Mash we provided t always work for free.


If the volunteer safety net can’t bear the weight of needs that exist, what is a viable solution? When I first considered Medicaid expansion, I was concerned that expanding a sometimes problematic program might not be the right direction for our state. Since that initial reaction, I’ve set aside my opposition to the Affordable Care Act and delved into the facts. As a result, my opinion has changed. Uncompensated care in Idaho’s emergency rooms is a growing financial burden on our health care system. We taxpayers bear that cost today via programs like Idaho’s Catastrophic Fund and county indigence programs. Regardless of whether the solution comes as part of federal health reform, we should be looking to resolve this challenge in a more cost-effective way for taxpayers and with better care for patients.


Medicaid redesign in Idaho didn’t start with the Affordable Care Act. It began years ago when the Idaho Legislature passed a Medicaid reform bill designed to give the state better control over the cost of the program. Since then, the state has explored managed care, accountable care models, medical home models, and other concepts to increase personal responsibility for participants and create a more cost-effective delivery system for Medicaid. The timing of this effort worked to Idaho’s advantage as we now can blend Idaho reform efforts with changes in federal law, allowing Idaho to create a better public safety net, while saving taxpayer dollars. We are also more likely to address a patient’s oral health needs if they are in the health care system.


This redesign plan would save taxpayers $53.6 million by eliminating the CAT Fund and $38.6 million by eliminating county indigent funds. In other words, Idaho Medicaid Redesign efforts create an ideal opportunity to improve the lives of Idahoans and provide taxpayers significant savings. This is an important issue, braced by compelling facts. I would encourage everyone to take the time to review the facts and share your views with our leaders.


If you are interested in knowing more about this issue, please go to www.therightmedicineforidaho.org


Dr. Jack Klure is past president of the Idaho Dental Association.


 

Medicaid redesign that can work for all

Friday, January 24, 2014


As the debate on Medicaid redesign continues, the idea of charity care as an alternative to improving Idaho’s public safety-net program is often cited. Charity care helps fill the gap for those in need, but charity care alone cannot solve this problem.

We have many volunteer programs developed by dentists and oral health groups that address the oral health needs of Idahoans with limited financial means. Give Kids a Smile in the month of February is one example of charity care provided for children. The challenge is dentists with small businesses can’t always work for free.
If the volunteer safety net can’t meet existing needs, what is a via
ble solution?


My opinion about Medicaid expansion changed when I delved into the facts. Uncompensated care in Idaho’s emergency rooms is a growing financial burden on our health care system. We need a more cost-effective solution for taxpayers and with better care for patients.


Medicaid redesign in Idaho began years ago when the Idaho Legislature passed a Medicaid reform bill to give the state better control over program costs. The state then explored managed care, accountable care models, medical home models and more to increase participants’ personal responsibility and create a cost-effective Medicaid delivery system. This work benefits Idaho as we now can blend Idaho reform efforts with changes in federal law, allowing Idaho to create a better public safety net while saving taxpayer dollars.


This redesign plan would save taxpayers $92.2 million by eliminating the CAT Fund and county indigent funds. In other words, Idaho Medicaid redesign efforts create an ideal opportunity to improve the lives of Idahoans and provide taxpayers significant savings. If you are interested in knowing more about this issue, please go to: www.therightmedicineforidaho.org

* Dr. Jack Klure, Boise, past president of The Idaho Dental Association

 

2013

Idaho Dental Foundation Receives Grant to Support Give Kids A Smile Program

(July 8, 2013) – Next February more Idaho dentists will be able to provide free dental care to children as part of the Idaho State Dental Association’s (ISDA) annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program thanks to a $5,000 grant recently awarded by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho.  

The grant will allow the Idaho Dental Foundation to hire a GKAS project coordinator for the months of October through February.  The new GKAS Coordinator will help build public awareness of the program, and provide administrative support for volunteer dentists and their staff. “The Idaho Dental Foundation continually looks for ways to support our dentists who work together with staff to create this volunteer safety net for children” said Dr. Jack Matunas, President of the Idaho Dental Foundation.  “Reducing paperwork and coordination time will be a great help so that dentists can focus their time on what they do best, taking care of patients.”

GKAS is a centerpiece program for the members of the ISDA that occurs annually during the month of February, which is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dentists and their staff volunteer time and services to provide cleanings, screenings, treatments, and oral health education throughout Idaho. Thanks to the dedication of Idaho dentists, this year’s GKAS program provided more than 1,100 children with care valued at about $350,000.

In addition to the free dental services, GKAS also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the significant level of untreated dental disease that occurs in Idaho.  Good oral health is integral to our overall health.  For children, these preventive services can make a significant difference in their young lives and save money by helping families avoid costly restorative treatments down the road.  

GKAS gives dentists a platform to treat children in need, now.  Nearly one in four children, aged two to 11 years old have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  GKAS contributes significantly to improving the life of each child treated in Idaho.

Uninsured Kids Receive Free Dental Treatments

(January 22, 2013) Uninsured children are many times putting up with neglect, especially when it comes to oral health.

This is why, Boise area dentists are getting ready to offer uninsured children free dental treatments through the Give Kids a Smile program.  This event is part of the regular, annual program held by the Idaho State Dental Association. 

Dentists and dental hygienists join forces in order to offer free dental treatments such as dental cleanings and other needed oral health treatments.  Last year, the team has managed to offer free dental treatments to about 1,300 uninsured, underprivileged children from the community. 

Unfortunately, statistics show that about 1 in 4 kids between the ages of two and eleven are putting up with untreated dental decay. 

Now is the time to take your little one for proper free dental treatments.  In order to make an appointment and get registered, parents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine.

2012

 

Dentists Rank Highly for Honesty, Ethics in Gallup Poll

(CHICAGO, December 11, 2012)  Dentists were named No. 5 for their honesty and ethical standards in Gallup Poll released this month. In previous years’ polls, dentists also scored in the top 10. The public was asked to rank 22 professions on a five-point scale, ranging from “very high” to “very low,” and 62 percent of respondents ranked dentists as “very high” or “high”.

Dentist scored slightly lower than physicians, pharmacists and nurses but tied their 2006 score. “The honesty ratings of all medical professions are at the highest levels in Gallup’s history, albeit by slim margins,” according to Gallup.

“The ADA has a stringent Code of Ethics, and we’re pleased to see that the public recognizes that our ADA members are truly putting these into practice,” said Dr. Robert Faiella, president, American Dental Association.

Nurses scored the highest of all the professions tested—with 85 percent of respondents rating the ethics and honesty of nurses as very high or high. Rounding out the top 10 after nurses were pharmacists, physicians, engineers, dentists, police officers, college teachers, clergy, psychiatrists and chiropractors.

The lowest ranked professions were members of Congress (only 10 percent rated their ethics and honesty as very high or high) and car salespeople (8 percent). 

Results of the poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 26-29 with a random sampling of 1,015 adults age 18 and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Gallup has conducted this same poll periodically but doesn’t always include dentists as one of the professions tested.

 


 

 

Idaho Dental Foundation Seeks Grant Applications

(December 7, 2012) The Idaho Dental Foundation is seeking applications for 2013 grants. The deadline is March 15, 2013. Funding objectives include:

• Projects that improve the oral health of Idaho uninsured
• Projects that increase the oral health of Idaho working poor

The Idaho Dental Foundation is a nonprofit cooperation exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes; including-but not limited to the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Previous recipients include Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, Genesis World Mission, Terry Reilly Health Services, Dirne Dental Clinic, and more. The IDF board is committed to the most efficient use of its donor’s charitable dollars for oral health in the state of Idaho.

Information and applications are available at www.IdahoDentalFoundation.org

The Idaho Dental Foundation was founded in 2006 by the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. The board of directors are unpaid volunteers who meet twice a year and represent all seven dental societies of the ISDA. The IDF partners with dentists, community health districts, businesses, other foundations, and government leaders to improve oral health statewide through education and service.

 

Local Dentist Receives President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

(BOISE, August 14, 2012) — Twin Falls dentist Tim Thompson, DMD, was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Idaho State Dental Association’s (ISDA) annual meeting in July. The award is given each year to a dentist whose contributions to dentistry has significantly impacted the quality, scope and direction of dentistry in the State of Idaho, and who has volunteered their time and talent in support of the profession and their local community.
When accepting the award from outgoing ISDA President, Dr. Greg Bengtson, Dr. Thompson said, “I’m honored to serve and be honored by Idaho dentists, who I think are some of the best in the country.  They value and respect their patients and serve them well.  They value the need for high standards of professionalism and ethics to be maintained.  The solid history of the ISDA is at the core of our profession.  If we do not stand together and determine our destiny, it will be determined for us.”

Dr. Thompson has been practicing general dentistry in Twin Falls for 27 years.

Dr. Thompson has been active in dentistry and dental governance since his dental school days at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry.  There he served as Student Body President, and Executive Vice President of the American Student Dental Association.  Following this, Dr. Thompson held many leadership and representative roles in the dental profession, including leadership offices in the South Central Dental Society, and the ISU School of Hygiene Advisory Board.  In addition to these roles, Dr. Thompson’s role in the ISDA has been deep—going through ISDA chairs, serving as editor of the ISDA Newsletter, and also as ISDA President. 

In his professional career, Dr. Thompson considers his time as one of Idaho’s delegates to the ADA House of Delegates one of his most fulfilling duties in organized dentistry. 
The doctor credits the mentoring of Dr. Steve Bruce, Dr. Jim Robson, Dr. Riley Cutler and Dr. Scott Kido for their example in helping him find his niche in serving dentistry.
During his free time, Dr. Thompson enjoys hobbies of golf and skiing, as well as racing stock cars as the “Spindoctor” at the Magic Valley Speedway.  His latest need for speed is in the air, where he is completing his training for his private pilot’s license. 

Dr. Thompson and Sylvia Thompson, a dental hygienist, practice together and enjoy their six children and five (soon to be seven) grandchildren.

 

Local Dentist Receives President’s Award

 (BOISE, August 14, 2012) — Treasure Valley dentist Richard E. Ferguson, DDS, was awarded the President’s Award at the Idaho State Dental Association’s (ISDA) annual meeting. The award is given annually to a dentist who has made extraordinary contributions to the Idaho State Dental Association and the Profession of Dentistry in the State of Idaho during the previous year.

Dr. Richard E. Ferguson has provided compassionate and highly qualified periodontal care to the Treasure Valley area since 1982. 

Dr. Ferguson is a native Idahoan, growing up in Idaho Falls.  He attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  Dr. Ferguson earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.) from the University of Michigan in 1978.  Postgraduate training allowed Dr. Ferguson to develop greater expertise in periodontal treatment and he received his Masters of Science degree (M.S.) from the University of Michigan in 1982. 

Continuing education is a priority for Dr. Ferguson and his staff, thus enabling the practice to stay at the forefront of periodontics.  Dr. Ferguson provides optimal care for his patients, including dental implants, cosmetic dental surgery and both non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy. 

Memberships in many professional organizations provide Dr. Ferguson with the means to influence developments in his field, and improve patient care.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Western Society of Periodontology, and the Intermountain Society of Periodontology.  In 2010 he became a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.  Dr. Ferguson has also been an active member of the Idaho State Dental Association, serving as President for the 2009-2010 year, and serving on the Idaho Dental Foundation Board beginning in 2011. 

Dr. Ferguson lives in Boise with his wife Deborah.  They have four children, Matthew, Katie, John, and Daniel.  When Dr. Ferguson is not practicing periodontics, he enjoys many Idaho outdoor activities, especially skiing.

 

 

 

Local Dentist Receives Component President of the Year Award

 (BOISE, August 14, 2012) — Treasure Valley dentist Dr. Kim Keller was awarded the first Component President’s Award at the Idaho State Dental Association’s (ISDA) annual meeting. The new award will be given to one of the ISDA’s seven component presidents each year to applaud their dedication and efforts.
Dr. Kim Keller grew up in Nampa, falling in love with the Treasure Valley.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and completed four years of dental training at the UCLA School of Dentistry. 

During his studies at UCLA, Dr. Keller met his wife, Sheeree, while she was working as an electrical engineer in Southern California.  They are blessed with three growing children; Preston, Macy, and Shepard. 

After completing his dental degree at UCLA in 1993, he returned to Nampa where he began working with Dr. Mariner Bingham.  After Dr. Bingham’s retirement, he continued to work with his staff to serve the dental needs of his patients. 

Dr. Keller has been active in the community and profession he loves, serving as a Trustee on the Nampa Library Board (2008 – Present), a Nampa Schools Foundation Board Member (2010 – Present), Idaho Dental Director for DentaQuest (2011 – Present), Idaho Dental Foundation Board Member (2011 – Present), and served as the Western Treasure Valley Dental Society President (2011 – 2012). 

His professional mission statement is to constantly strive to give his patients quality care with a personal touch, with an emphasis in preventive, restorative, and aesthetic dentistry.  His number one goal is to prevent dental pain.

 

Idaho Dentists Elect New Leadership

(BOISE, August 31, 2012) — The Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) elected its 2012-2013 leadership at its annual convention in Coeur d’Alene in July.  Jack Klure, DDS of Meridian succeeds Gregory J. Bengtson, DDS, of Lewiston as President of the ISDA.

“My goal this year is to further engage our members in the advocacy work of the organization,” said President Klure.  “The 850 members of the Idaho State Dental Association are a powerful force and we have several important legislative issues to address to ensure every Idahoan has access to quality oral health care.”
Idaho State Dental Association 2011-2012 Leadership:

Executive Committee:
• President: Jack D. Klure, DDS, Meridian
• President Elect: Jack Kulm, DMD, Wendell
• Vice President : J. Jeffrey Ybarguen, DDS, Idaho Falls
• Secretary/Treasurer: S. John Staley, DDS, Boise
• Immediate Past President: Gregory J. Bengtson, DDS, Lewiston

Board of Trustees:
• Idaho Panhandle Dental Society: Thomas R. Smart, DDS, Coeur d’Alene
• Lewis-Clark Dental Society: Mark Sheppard, DDS, Lewiston
• Southwest Idaho Dental Society: Dustin Connaughton, DDS, Boise & John C. Slattery, DDS, MS, Boise
• South Central Idaho Dental Society: Joel Newton, DDS, Twin Falls
• Southeast Idaho Dental Society: Kim Smith, DDS, Pocatello
• Upper Snake River Dental Society: Val H. Bingham, DMD, MS, Idaho Falls
• Western Treasure Valley Dental Society: Spencer J. Lloyd, DMD, Caldwell

 Society (Local) Leadership
Idaho Panhandle Dental Society (IPDS)
 • President: Justin Rader, DDS, Coeur d’Alene
 • President-Elect: Kirk M. Davidson, DDS, Coeur d’Alene
 • Treasurer: Erin Elliot, DDS, Post Falls

Lewis-Clark Dental Society (LDDS)
 • President: Cody Haas, DDS, Lewiston 
• Immediate Past President: Kevin Henry, DDS, Moscow
South Central Idaho Dental Society (SCIDS)
 • President: Nathan Catmull, DDS, Heyburn
 • President-Elect: John McLaughlin, DDS, Gooding

Southeast Idaho Dental Society (SEIDS)
 • President: Shaun Jepsen, DMD, Pocatello
 • President-Elect: Jeffrey DaBell, DMD, Pocatello
 • Treasurer: Pamela Goodliffe, DMD, Lava Hot Springs

Southwest Idaho Dental Society (SWIDS)
 • President: Scott Alexander, DMD, Boise
 • Vice President: Cameron Kuehne, DMD, Boise
 • Secretary: Michael Gurney, DDS, Boise
 • Treasurer, Eric Ballou, DDS, Boise
• Immediate Past President: Devin Stampfli, DDS, Boise

Upper Snake River Dental Society (USRDS)
 • President: Phil Lowder, DDS, Idaho Falls
 • President-Elect: Brandon Gordon, DDS, Idaho Falls
 • Vice President: Scott R. Lewis, DDS, Rexburg
 • Secretary/Treasurer:  Bryce Burtenshaw, DDS, Idaho Falls

West Treasure Valley Dental Society (WTVDS)
 • President: Stanton Widmer, DDS, Caldwell
 • President-Elect: Scott Gardner, DDS, Nampa
 • Vice President: Tom Blaisdell, DDS, Caldwell
 • Secretary: Shaun Christensen, DMD, Nampa
 • Treasurer: Loren Short, DMD, Caldwell
• Immediate Past President: Kim Keller, DDS, Nampa

The Idaho State Dental Association represents 850 licensed dentists committed to the advancement of the dental profession and good oral health for all Idahoans.

 

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“Baby Teeth Matter,” Say Dentists; Governor Proclaims FebruaryChildren’s Dental Health Month

(Boise, Idaho — January 31, 2012)  Too many parents ignore the oral health of infants-- often assuming that baby teeth don’t matter and will fall out eventually, according to the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA).

“Many parents are unconcerned with baby teeth, knowing they will fall out before permanent teeth set in,” says ISDA President Greg Bengtson.  “But neglect at a young age can lead to big problems, expenses and pain.” 

Oral health is linked to overall heath, Dr. Bengtson says.  Untreated dental disease can affect a child’s physical, emotional and social development, and dental decay is often accompanied by pain and inability to properly sleep, eat or concentrate. 
Recognizing these concerns, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has proclaimed February “Children’s Dental Health Month.”  The state’s dentists are using the opportunity to draw attention to what they see as a significant problem.

Fortunately, the time and cost of dental disease prevention is dramatically less than dental treatments arising from untreated teeth. 

The ISDA recommends the following for children’s dental care:
• As soon as your child’s first tooth arrives, use a washcloth to rub his or her gums and teeth.
• Whenever two teeth touch, begin to gently floss between teeth.  (Try making silly faces, singing, looking in the mirror, or making it a game since children will not easily allow this to happen.)
• Do not use fluoride toothpaste until children are two years old.  Use this time to teach children they need to spit out toothpaste, not swallow it. 
• Limit foods and drinks causing decay.  Aside from sweets, fruit juices and sticky foods can stay on teeth for long periods of time and create cavities. 
• Never allow your child to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. 
• Try using no-spill cups with straws to avoid extra use of Sippy cups, which can cause damage to the front teeth. 

Parents are urged to make sure children brush their teeth carefully at least twice a day, floss each day, and regularly visit the dentist for preventative checkups and cleanings.  Eating a well balanced diet, drinking fluoride treated water, and avoiding excessive snacking will help keep a child’s dental health strong. 

This month, celebrate your child’s smile with Children’s Dental Health Month.
For more information, visit
www.theisda.org or your local dentist.

 

2011

 


 

 Idaho Dentists Honored by International College of Dentists for
Outstanding Service to the Professional Community

    (Boise, November 22, 2011)  — Seven Boise and two Twin Falls dentists were recently welcomed into the International College of Dentists’ Fellowship.  The organization recognizes meritorious service to the professional community and the science of Dentistry. 

    Boise dentists Jack Klure, DDS, Mark Smith, DDS, Jill Shelton-Wagers, DMD, Jack Matunas, DDS, George Lewis, DDS, Bart Eisenbarth, DDS, and Kevin Kempers, DDS, MD; and Twin Falls dentists Mark Alexander, DMD and Joel Newton, DDS, were chosen to receive honors for their work in the dental community.  

    “Being recognized for their outstanding skills, educations and ethical practices is a wonderful asset to both these talented men and women, and to the state of Idaho,” said Dr. Greg Bengtson, DDS, and president of the Idaho State Dental Association. “These gifted individuals have done an incredible job of representing Idaho in the field of dentistry.”  

    The International College of Dentists, or ICD, is an organization dedicated to improving the profession of dentistry through sharing and disseminating advances in dental knowledge and seeks to benefit their communities through voluntary service.
The honorees accepted a membership plaque, gold lapel pin and a gold key symbolic of this Fellowship.  Nearly 300 dentists from across the United States were inducted at this year’s ceremony on Oct. 10, 2011 at the annual convention in Las Vegas.

 

Idaho State Dental Association’s Foundation Gives $2,500 to Terry Reilly
Idaho Dental Foundation Funds Dental Services

    (BOISE, November 16, 2011) —  The Idaho Dental Foundation, the giving arm of the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA), has awarded Terry Reilly Health Services $2,500 to provide basic dental services to southwest Idahoans in need.    

    “This past July, 40,000 Idahoans in need lost Medicaid coverage for basic dental services,” said Jack Matunas, DDS, and president of the Idaho Dental Foundation. “This grant supports Terry Reilly’s efforts to treat patients who have no ability to pay.”  

    Terry Reilly Health Services is a 40-year old not-for-profit serving the people of the Treasure Valley from locations in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Homedale, Melba and Marsing.

The Idaho Dental Foundation is funded by donations from the 800-member dentists of the Idaho State Dental Association, Idaho’s leading authority on oral health. 

 

Tooth Tips for a Tasty Halloween
Halloween Frightens Dentists

(BOISE, October 20, 2011) — Nothing frightens dentists more on Halloween night than a brimming bag of sugary treats.

 “Let’s face it, from a dentist’s point of view, candy equal cavities,” says Dr. Greg Bengtson, a Lewiston dentist and Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) president. “Maybe that’s good for business, but it’s not the kind of business we want.”

Parents need to control candy consumption and help their children learn the virtues of moderation and smart tooth care.
 But Dr. Bengtson, not wanting to be the Halloween version of the Grinch, notes, “Candy is going to get eaten, but using common sense and a few simple guidelines will go a long way towards preventing harm.” 

The Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) offers tips for parents who want children to enjoy Halloween without dental disaster:

  • Monitor candy consumption – There are all sorts of reasons why a child shouldn’t empty their treat bag by breakfast the next day.  Parents should be in charge of Halloween candy, not children.  A “candy bank” that gives access after dinner limits the quantity of candy consumed, and offers an ideal opportunity to teach the importance of moderation.
  • Consume Halloween candy with meals -- Saliva production increases during meals, neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and helping rinse away food particles.
  • Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time -- Besides how often you snack, the length of time food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to prolonged acid attack, increasing the risk for tooth decay. 
  • Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth -- Stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.  
  • Better to eat two pieces at once than separately over the day - It is the frequency that is the most important factor in tooth decay, not the quantity. This helps limit exposure to acids that are left on teeth after eating.
  • Encourage drinking of water -- Fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, check the label for the fluoride content.
    Maintain healthy diets and meals -- Don’t let kids fill up on candy at the expense of good nutrition.  Nutrition affects a child’s general health and that of their teeth and gums.
  • Emphasis on brushing teeth -- Now more than ever, children should brush a minimum of twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Make sure they floss daily – Decay causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. 

 

    Orthodontists say kids who wear braces should avoid the following foods, whether consumed on their own or as recipe ingredients
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Tortilla chips
  • Hard candy
  • Jelly beans
  • Licorice
  • Taffy
  • Caramel and other chewy candies
        “Kids with braces should avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods because they may cause damage to braces and lengthen treatment time,” says Dr. John Slattery, Idaho orthodontist and ISDA board member.
        “Soft, easy-to-chew foods are acceptable Halloween treats,” says Slattery.  He suggests: melt-in-your-mouth-chocolates, peanut butter cups, milk shakes, gelatin and puddings, ice cream and sliced apples.   Patients should break cookies into pieces, rather than biting into them.   
    Fore more information, visit www.TheISDA.org or visit your dentist.

Delta Dental of Idaho Cuts 825 Dentists Fees An Average of 8%,
Effective in 30 Days

     (Boise, September 26, 2011) —  Four out of every five dentists in Idaho will have their fees cut from four to thirteen percent by the state’s largest dental insurer, effective November 1.
    Approximately, eight hundred and twenty five dentists will receive a letter this week from Delta Dental of Idaho informing them of the cuts.  These dentists are participants in Delta Dental’s Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) -- where dentists agree to provide care at reduced rates.  
    “Health care costs continue to rise,” says Gregory Bengtson, DDS, president of the Idaho Dental Association (ISDA), which represents 800 Idaho dentists.  “Major employers are resisting premium increases, and one response is to cut payments to service providers.   We all understand the need to share the pain, but there needs to be balance.”
    The rate cuts will vary according to which part of the state dentists work in:  

 • Southwest  6% 
 Treasure Valley/Twin Falls

 • East  13%
 Pocatello/Idaho Falls Area

 • North
 CDA/Lewiston Area/Blaine Co. 4%

    The ISDA was only recently notified of Delta Dental’s decision.   The association has met with Delta Dental board members and staff to suggest reconsidering their decision, or postponing the deadline to at least January 1, 2012, to allow dentists time to evaluate the impact on their practices.  
    “This is a huge hit to what are, after all, very small businesses,” says Bengtson, “on which the poor economy has already taken a toll. “

    Bengtson adds that an inevitable result will be reduced charity dental care.  Idaho has become increasingly reliant on charitable care due to the economic hardship since all but emergency care for adult Medicaid patients was eliminated July 1, with many dentists continuing to serve patients at reduced or no cost. 
    Jobs will also likely be lost as dentists are forced to reduce support staff.
    “Idaho dentists and Delta Dental of Idaho have enjoyed a strong partnership of almost 40 years,” says Bengtson,  “where putting the oral health needs of Idahoans first has always been a top priority.    We hope Delta Dental will re-evaluate the severity and timing of this decision.”

 

Local Dentist Receives President’s Award
Idaho Dental Profession’s Highest Annual Recognition

(BOISE, September 13, 2011) — Treasure Valley dentist Steven M. Bruce, DMD, was awarded the President’s Award at the Idaho State Dental Association’s (ISDA) annual meeting. The award is given annually to a dentist who in the previous year has made extraordinary contributions to the Idaho State Dental Association and the Profession of Dentistry in the State of Idaho.

     In making the award to Dr. Bruce outgoing president Dr. Jack Fullwiler noted, “Steve has been a tireless advocate of the dental profession this past year.  His efforts to protect the highest standards of patient safety and care, coupled with his leadership on key legislative victories in protecting access for needy adults, deserve our attention and respect. Dr. Bruce represents the finest example of our profession.”

     As Chair of ISDA’s legislative committee, Dr. Bruce was instrumental in helping to negotiate a settlement with DentaQuest, the state’s dental Medicaid provider, to re-instate 100 Medicaid dental providers slated to be closed off from the program due to anticipated cost-cuts.   Dr. Bruce further testified before Idaho’s Joint Finance & Appropriations Committee (JFAC) this past legislative session on the proposal to cut Medicaid dental coverage for 42,000 needy adults. Although coverage for this population ended July 1, a result of his efforts was a compromise to establish the Emergency Care Provision that provides emergency dental care for Medicaid adults and pregnant women.

    Dr. Bruce has been practicing general dentistry in Boise for 34 years and currently practices at two locations with his partner – and son – Dr. Daniel Bruce. His daughter, Bethany, is a dental hygienist at the practice.   

    Dr. Bruce has been a member of the American and Idaho State Dental Associations for almost 35 years, serving as ISDA’s president, on the board of trustees and now as the legislative committee chairman. He served four years on the ADA Council on Dental Benefits, Board of Trustees for five years representing the 11th district, and as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates.   He is a Fellow in the International College of Dentistry, the American College of Dentistry, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.  He is an instructor in the ISU Advanced Dental Residency Program in Boise, and has served many years on the Delta Dental of Idaho Board -- three terms as president.   He was recently appointed to serve on Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Health Education Committee.  

    Dr. Bruce has been active in the Boise community serving on the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Board and on the St. Alphonsus Foundation Board, where for two years he chaired the Children’s Capital Classic race.   He has been involved with conservation issues for many years, serving as the president of Idaho Salmon and Steelhead, dedicated to preserving salmon and steelhead in Idaho.   

     Dr. Bruce graduated from Bishop Kelly High School and attended the University of Idaho where he received a BS degree in Pre Dental studies.  He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences Dental School with a DMD degree in 1976, and did his dental residency at Denver General Hospital, prior to coming back to Idaho to establish his practice.   
    In addition to his two children, Dr. Bruce has two grandchildren and one on the way.

Idaho Dentists Elect New Leadership

    (BOISE, August 31, 2011) — The Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) elected its 2011-2012 leadership at its annual convention in Sun Valley in July.  Gregory J. Bengtson, DDS, of Lewiston succeeds Dr. Jack Fullwiler of Coeur d’Alene as President of the ISDA.

    “My goal this year is to further engage our members in the advocacy work of the organization,” said President Bengtson.  “The 800 members of the Idaho State Dental Association are a powerful force and we have several important legislative issues to address to ensure every Idahoan has access to quality oral health care.”

Idaho State Dental Association 2011-2012 Leadership:
Executive Committee:

  •  President: Gregory J. Bengtson, DDS, Lewiston
  •  President Elect: Jack D. Klure, DDS, Meridian
  • Vice President : Jack Kulm, DMD, Wendell
  •  Secretary/Treasurer: S. John Staley, DDS, Boise
  • Immediate Past President: Jack A. Fullwiler, DDS, Coeur d’Alene

Board of Trustees:

  •  Idaho Panhandle Dental Society: Thomas R. Smart, DDS, Coeur d’Alene
  • Lewis-Clark Dental Society: James E. Pierce, DDS, Lewiston
  •  Southwest Idaho Dental Society: Dustin Connaughton, DDS, Boise &
    John C. Slattery, DDS, MS, Boise 
  • South Central Idaho Dental Society: Joel Newton, DDS, Twin Falls
  • Southeast Idaho Dental Society: Dennis S. Hatch, DDS, Blackfoot
  • Upper Snake River Dental Society: J. Jeffrey Ybarguen, DDS, Idaho Falls
  • Western Treasure Valley Dental Society: Spencer J. Lloyd, DMD, Caldwell

Society (Local) Leadership

  • Southwest Idaho Dental Society (SWIDS)
  • President: Devin Stampfli, DDS, Boise
  • Vice President: Scott Alexander, DMD, Boise
  • Secretary: Jace Hansen, DDS, Boise
  • Treasurer, Eric Ballou, DDS, Boise

South Central Idaho Dental Society (SCIDS)

  • President: Tim Hopkins, DDS, Twin Falls
  • President-Elect: Nathan Catmull, DDS, Heyburn
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  John McLaughlin, DDS, Gooding

Lewis-Clark Dental Society (LDDS)

  • President: Kevin Henry, DDS, Moscow
  • President-Elect: Cody Haas, DDS, Lewiston
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  Dave Wilkinson, DDS, Lewiston

Idaho Panhandle Dental Society (IPDS)

  • President: Kent C. McVey, Jr., DDS, Coeur d’Alene
  • President-Elect: Justin Rader, DDS, Coeur d’Alene
  • Treasurer: Erin Elliot, DDS, Post Falls

Southeast Idaho Dental Society (SEIDS)

  • President: Brian Crawford, DDS, Pocatello
  • President-Elect: Shaun Jepsen, DMD, Pocatello
  • Treasurer: Pamela Goodliffe, DMD, Lava Hot Springs

Upper Snake River Dental Society (USRDS)

  • President: Michael Elison, DMD, Idaho Falls
  • President-Elect: Phil Lowder, DDS, Idaho Falls
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  Bryce Burtenshaw, DDS, Idaho Falls

West Treasure Valley Dental Society (WTVDS)

  • President: Kim Keller, DDS, Nampa
  • President-Elect: Stanton Widmer, DDS, Caldwell
  • Vice President: Scott Gardner, DDS, Nampa
  • Secretary: Shaun Christensen, DMD, Nampa
  • Treasurer: Tom Blaisdell, DDS, Caldwell

The Idaho State Dental Association represents 800 licensed dentists committed to the advancement of the dental profession and good oral health for all Idahoans.  

 

Local Dentist Receives President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Idaho Dental Profession’s Highest Recognition

(BOISE, August 30, 2011) — Pocatello dentist John T. “Jack” Mooney, DMD, was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Idaho State Dental Association’s (ISDA) annual meeting in July. The award is given each year to a dentist whose contributions to dentistry has significantly impacted the quality, scope and direction of dentistry in the State of Idaho, and who has volunteered their time and talent in support of the profession and their local community.  
 
    In making the award to Dr. Mooney, outgoing president Dr. Jack Fullwiler noted, “Jack has been a true champion of the dental profession in Idaho.  He is a committed and tireless advocate in ensuring that no Idahoan goes without access to good oral health care.  We have a lot to learn from Jack, and this highest award is a fitting and worthy tribute of his service and contribution.”

    Dr. Mooney has been practicing general dentistry in Pocatello for 38 years and currently practices at Sage Dental with his partner Dr. Kyle Siemen, a patient who grew up in his practice. 

    Dr. Mooney has been a member of the American and Idaho State Dental Associations for almost 40 years, has served as president of the Southeast Idaho and Upper Snake River Dental Societies, and served for thirteen years on the Delta Dental of Idaho’s Board of Directors, serving one term as president. He served four years on the ADA Council on Dental Benefits (2004-2008), has taught peer review and mediation workshops across the country, and taught in the Idaho State University’s Dental Hygiene Program.  He was instrumental in the formation of the ISU Dental Residency Program, where he also taught new dentists. He served on the Idaho State Board of Dentistry and during his presidency provided the leadership to join the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB). He has served as Idaho’s American Dental Association Delegate for six years and currently chairs the ISDA’s Political Action Committee.

    Dr. Mooney has been involved with Centennial Rotary, serving as president in 1999, and Grace Lutheran Church serving as the youth chairman for 17 years as well as co-campaign director for the building of the current church and school. He served as  President of the Portneuf Health Care Foundation and during his service was instrumental in the merger between the county hospital and Legacy Health Care which resulted in the recently-completed Portneuf Medical Center.  Currently    Dr. Mooney is serving on the Pocatello Zoo Board which is actively running a campaign to raise a million dollars to build a new state of the art Grizzly Bear exhibit.

    Dr. Mooney graduated from Pocatello High School and attended Utah State University where he won the Wayne Este Memorial Scholarship Athlete Award for football.  He attended the University of Oregon Health Sciences and set up his dental practice in Pocatello in 1973.

    Dr. Mooney is married to Kathleen “Katie” Mooney, a dental hygienist.  They have five boys: Sean, Daniel, Matt, Jon-Michael and Ryan, 2 daughters in law, and 3 grandchildren. 

 

Summer Tips for Keeping Kids Cavity Free

 (BOISE, June 8, 2011)  — Freedom, family and fun are what summer is all about, but too much of a good thing can put kids at greater risk of tooth decay, according to Idaho’s dentists.

 Regular routines like brushing teeth and watching the diet can go out the window when school doors swing shut and summer vacation rolls in.

 “No one wants to be the Grinch about summer vacation,” says Dr. Jack Fullwiler, president of the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA),  “but kids are generally more on their own, families travel, and diets can shift towards sweet drinks, ice cream and other sugar treats where moderation is important.”

 Studies show that sugary substances attack teeth within 20 minutes after eating and this can lead to tooth decay.  The ISDA offers parents the following tips:

  1. Stick with brushing routines – at least twice a day.  Yes, that means whether you are backpacking the Sawtooths or driving across country to visit relatives.  Treat your child to a compact “travelers toothbrush” and fluoride toothpaste they can take with them wherever they go.
  2. Keep the sugar down.   Special occasions like Fourth of July cupcakes are all right, but avoid a general shift towards sweets, sugary drinks, ice cream, and other treats that are especially popular in the summer.
  3. Provide healthy snacks as an alternative.  “Bad” snacks like most candy are real cavity causers.   Keep healthy options on hand, like vegetables, low-fat cheeses, and cut up fruits.  Frozen juice bars are good when make with low-sugar liquids.
  4. Provide a good breakfast.  Studies show that children who eat a good breakfast are less likely to indulge in sugary snacks during the day.
  5. Never let small children go to bed with a bottle.   Any fluid with sugar can cause tooth decay very fast as it reacts on teeth through the night.
  6. Encourage drinking water.   The combination of high temperatures and activity creates thirst – don’t let this turn into overindulgence in sodas and sugary drinks.  Hydration is important and studies show that kids do drink more when flavors are involved.  Check content labels and keep sugar intake low.
  7. Stick with regular check-ups.   Summer is a good time for a routine dental check-up because it won’t interfere with school and activities. 
  8. Be a good role model.  Don’t offer your child a glass of water while you sip sodas.   Make oral health a family goal.

Fore more information, visit www.isdaweb.org or visit your dentist.