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scholarships, grants, charitable donations, outreach, clinic support, for patients

Test sterilizers weekly

For California dentists: Q Review, Winter 2017
Testing your office sterilizers each week is required by the California Dental Board. This requirement includes using biologic indicators (not paper strips or packaging that changes color) and testing all sterilizers, even those used infrequently or as backup. During an onsite Quality Assessment review, the examiner checks your in-office spore testing log to ensure your compliance with regulations.

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You can help minimize drug abuse

Join the fight against this national epidemic
Make a difference by taking steps to limit prescriptions, educate patients and staff, and intervene if signs of drug abuse arise.

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Achieve communication success

Enhance your cultural awareness skills
Knowing your patients’ language preferences helps increase their comfort level and improves the quality of care you provide. Boost your skills further by taking classes, documenting office protocol and using interpretive services.

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“Caleb’s Law” takes effect in California

For California dentists: Q Review, Summer 2017
California AB 2235 (also known as “Caleb’s Law”), took effect January 1, 2017. Follow-up bill, AB 224, redefines general anesthesia, defines deep sedation, and includes additional requirements for any dental procedure involving general anesthesia or deep sedation.

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Hispanic initiative reaches more than 39,000 children

Ratoncito Perez teaches kids about teeth
The main character in our Hispanic program, Ratoncito Perez, visited 39 school districts in five states. With help from toothbrushes and bilingual educational coloring books, Ratoncito taught more than 39,000 children to care for their teeth. (Download the coloring book to share with your young patients!)

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Dental coverage – surviving in health care exchanges

We’re working to keep patients coming to you
We’re staying involved with what’s happening Washington, D.C. concerning health care and working to preserve the gains in coverage achieved in exchanges (even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced with something else). We support letting states keep what’s working for them and oppose taxing benefits.

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$4 million awarded to dental clinics in 2016

Assistance helps increase access to care
The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation awarded nearly $4 million in 2016 to regional clinics, helping more people in underrepresented communities gain access to dental treatment and education. Since its launch in 2011, the Foundation has given more than $14 million in grants to nonprofit clinics and health care programs.

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A million reasons to opt in to Medicare

Keep your Medicare Advantage patients coming to you
A million people nationwide have a Medicare Advantage plan through Delta Dental. Answers to dentists’ questions about Medicare enrollment and more information are available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.

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Engage your patients

Tweet for dental health and promote your practice
You can raise patients’ oral health awareness and market your practice, too, with simple, fun messaging.

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Baby tooth traditions

Share fun Tooth Fairy lore with patients

Did you know that the Tooth Fairy can be a mouse, sparrow or rabbit?

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