REMINDER: Register With E-FORCSE!

As of  July 1, 2018, if you write a prescription for a Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substance for a patient 16 years old or older, you (or your designee) must first check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Database known as E-FORCSE, (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Program), which is administered through the Department of Health. Click here to register for E-FORCSE. If you need any technical assistance with E-FORCSE, please contact E-FORCSE directly at at 850.245.4794 or e-forcse@flhealth.gov.

For more information on HB 21 and its requirements, go to floridadental.org/opioidlaw.

ADA Statement on Study Involving Dental Floss

By the American Dental Association

Recent, wide-spread news coverage based upon a recent research study may raise unwarranted concern about the safety of certain types of dental floss. The ADA Science Institute finds the data insufficient to support the conclusions presented in this research and associated media coverage.

No restrictions on the use of dental floss have been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the regulatory agency that oversees clearance of dental products marketed to the public. It also is important to bear in mind that this is a single study. Public health policy and safety decisions should be based on the collective weight of scientific evidence.

The study, published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, involves a small sample of 178 women and their self-reported use of a wide array of consumer products and foods.

The study measured blood samples from 178 women and found that those who reported using a certain brand of dental floss had higher levels of a type of PFAS called PFHxS (perfluorohexanesulfonic acid) than those who didn’t.

One of many shortcomings of this study, according to the ADA Science Institute, is that the study measured fluorine as a marker of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), though the women in the study who reported using a particular brand of floss were found to have elevated levels of PFHxS.

PTFE is often used in food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications. The fact that the researchers were able to find the PTFE marker in several brands of floss does not mean that it is the source of the PFHxS in the women.

Given that this was a retrospective study including self-reported use of products, there are likely many other differences between women who did and did not report having used the brand of floss mentioned.

The ADA sees no cause for concern based on current evidence, and above all continues to encourage people to clean between their teeth daily with floss or other interdental cleaner as part of the ADA’s daily oral hygiene recommendations.

This news release was published on the ADA’s website on Jan. 14, 2019 and can be found here.

Don’t Forget: Mandatory Opioid Course Deadline is Jan. 31, 2019!

Per House Bill 21 (HB 21), all Florida licensed dentists registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and authorized to prescribe controlled substances shall complete a board-approved two-hour continuing education (CE) course on prescribing controlled substances by Jan. 31, 2019.

The Florida Dental Association (FDA) is recommending that member dentists take the two-hour mandatory opioid course through the Florida Medical Association (FMA) or call your local component/affiliate to see if they will be offering an in-person course. For the online FMA course, click here to register and take this course. The FMA will automatically report your credit to CE Broker on your behalf. This course must be completed by Jan. 31, 2019 to maintain your dental license.

In addition, ALL dentists must indicate within their account with the Florida Department of Health if they are/are not registered with the DEA. Click here for instructions on how to do this. Anyone who doesn’t indicate their status with the DEA will be assumed as registered and therefore must meet the new mandatory CE requirement.

For more information on HB 21 and its requirements, go to floridadental.org/opioidlaw.

Dentists Warn of Dangers Linked to DIY Dentistry

The popular trend of DIY dentistry is popping up in social media and online videos, but the American Dental Association is warning consumers to steer clear of doing at-home dentistry.

FDA member Dr. Monica Gonzalez says she recently noticed alarming changes to one of her patients who used an at-home teeth straightening system.

Click the image below to see the news report.

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