TDA supports a perinatal dental benefit to the mother-to-be during her pregnancy and 60 days
postpartum. The focus is education as dental caries is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted from
parent to child. Coverage does not include endodontics or fixed prosthodontics to include single
1) The July 2018 opioid rules are in place however, we have not been told about birth control
counselling guidelines, which is in violation of the law itself.
2) There are proposed violations of the opioid practice act. They are for egregious and negligent
violations. They are likely to include: reprimand, continuing education, fines and suspension.
3) CE Broker is not a requirement. It is free to dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.
Auxiliary staff is encouraged to use this service as 75% of the violations are from the clinical
4) Resolution 33 on Medicare will be a hot topic in Hawaii. Passion is high on both ends as people
want to help the adults but don’t like the anticipated remuneration, government influence,
likely updates required, etc. It is a battle of long lasting and far reaching proportions.
ANNUAL SESSION UPDATE
1) Dentsply Sirona is a major sponsor again.
2) It will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7-9 June 2019.
3) It is also CMA Weekend in Nashville. BOOK YOUR HOTEL EARLY! SERIOUSLY. Even though the
meeting is at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Convention Center, hotels will be hard to come
4) CE will be offered all three days. Reference committees will meet Friday morning. House of
Delegate meets on Saturday afternoon. And lots of opportunities for fun.
1) The Wellness Committee will be separating from the TDA soon.
2) Dues statements will go out Monday after Thanksgiving.
3) Dr. John Petty is the new Speaker of the House as Dr. Chip Clayton takes over as Trustee from
the Nashville Dental Society since Dr. Terryl Proper is now President-Elect.
4) TDA Journal is looking for a replacement for its Scientific Editor. Please contact Dr. Carroccia if
you are interested.
5) The TDA Insurance Board needs a replacement representative who can meet once a year and
participate on conference calls. Please contact Dr. Carroccia if you are interested.
6) The Committee on the Environment and Infection Control was sunset.
7) BAMM Enterprises is now endorsed. They market bleaching gel for take home kits.
8) Miracle Ear is now endorsed. They market hearing protection for the workplace, firearms,
snoring partners, custom earbuds, etc. https://www.bigearinc.com
I have the pleasure to be your obedient servant,