Answer: Europe has used a variety of programs to provide fluoride’s benefits to the public. Water fluoridation is one of these programs. Fluoridated water reaches 12 million Europeans, mostly residents of Great Britain, Ireland and Spain. Fluoridated milk programs reach millions of additional Europeans, mostly in Eastern Europe. Salt fluoridation is the most widely used… Continue Reading Question: European countries have rejected fluoridation, so why should we fluoridate water?
Yes. For dentists, 25 of 30 hours must be in the clinical practice of dentistry or medicine. The remaining five hours can be in any course relating to the practice of dentistry or medicine. For dental hygienists, not less than two of the 12 hours must be training in infection control and not more than… Continue Reading Are there requirements for the types of courses that must be taken?
Yes, but the CPR and AED training must include a hands-on component. Please note that when renewing your license, you must attest to current certification of proficiency in CPR and AED training.
Up to four hours of teaching experience can be counted in every two-year licensure period. One hour of teaching or preparing a CE program is equivalent to one hour of CE; however, a person who teaches or prepares a CE program may obtain credit for the program only once.
You will need to obtain a certificate from the program’s sponsor showing that you attended their program. Certificates of attendance or completion must be kept for a period of six years. The department has the authority to conduct random audits of CE compliance and/or will do so especially if a complaint is brought against you.… Continue Reading How do I substantiate my CE hours and how long should I keep proof of completion of CE?
You will not be able to obtain a renewal license until you have completed the CE requirement for that biennium. Once you have successfully completed the 30 hours of CE, you can submit for late renewal of your license by filing an application with the Department of Safety and Professional Services and paying the initial… Continue Reading What if I have not completed my CE requirement at the time of renewal?
A program will qualify for CE credits if it is sponsored or recognized by a local, state, regional, national or international dental or medical professional organization. It will also qualify if it is a college-level course that is offered by a post-secondary institution accredited by the American Dental Association or another recognized educational accrediting body.
How has “a local, state, regional, national or international dental or medical professional organization” been defined?
It has been defined as an organization that seeks to further the dental, dental hygiene or medical professions, the interest of licensees engaged in those professions and to further the public interest.
Yes, as long as they meet the following criteria: (a) include two or more dentists or dental hygienists who discuss CE topics relating to the practice of dentistry or medicine or the clinical practice of dental hygiene; (b) have been in existence for at least a year; (c) meet face-to-face at least once a year;… Continue Reading Do study clubs qualify as professional organizations?
Yes, but only if they are sponsored or recognized by an approved organization as defined in the above questions. There is no limit to the number of CE hours that can come from various types of non-classroom CE, but the licensee should be sure to obtain an official certificate upon completion of the course(s).