The VSDS works diligently to stay informed on behalf of its’ members, and we are here to provide you with the most current and up to date news, resources, and practice information. In the VSDS newsroom you will find a collection of recent newsletters, links to invaluable state & national websites, and articles that deal dire ctly with dentistry, and your practice. If there is ever an article that you come across that you think the VSDS should post here, please let us know and we will gladly add it!
New Federal Regulation for Best Management Practices (BMP's)
The new regulations are in effect for Best Management Practices of handling Amalgam. VSDS is working with the state to meet those requirements with our next Vermont filing (January 2019). The state will have a booth at the Vermont Dental Conference (formerly the Annual Meeting) in September for offices to have assistance in completing their 2019 submission. You will also be able to complete the signature form onsite and be done.
Two important facts about this new national regulation:
A one-time signature form is now required.
Endodontics is now included in the group who need to submit BMP's.
Read a notice from Karen Knaebel at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation about this process.
VSDS at Washington Leadership Conference
The Vermont State Dental Society sends dentists to Washington, DC to attend the Leadership Conference and meet with key legislators. Executive Director, Vaughn Collins, scheduled the group for several meetings and American Dental Association conference events.
While there, they visited with Senator Bernie Sanders who filmed part of their visit to promote more discussion on the rising cost of education for dentists and its impact on young dentists to practice in rural locations. See the excerpt.
Dr. Judith Fisch, First District Trustee, Dr. Audra Pinto, VSDS Executive Board, Vaughn Collins, VSDS Executive Director, Linsey Cunningham, UNE dental student, and Dr. Chris Pazandak, VSDS Executive Board, showed their spirit at the conference.
First District Trustee Reports
Reports submitted by Dr. Judith M. Fisch, ADA First District Trustee
Current and Archived Reports
New Teen Fiction Book by Vermont Dentist
There is an author in our midst! Did you know that one of our very own, Dr. Laurie Forest, has written the first in her epic fantasy series? The title of her new book is The Black Witch
, and it is getting rave reviews. She was recently interviewed on VPR! See her interview
We enjoy hearing about our member dentist's successes in and out of the chair! Congratulations Dr. Forest.