Delta Dental Plan of Oklahoma has received approval from the
Oklahoma Board of Dentistry to provide Oklahoma's dentists, dental
hygienists, and dental assistants with online continuing dental
Approved for one-hour of continuing dental education credit, the
Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness program was
developed to help dentists and their dental staff to recognize some
of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. The program
also addresses the reporting process involved when cases of child
abuse and neglect are detected.
"To help prevent the growing number of child abuse cases, every
state has passed legislation to increase the reporting of suspected
abuse and neglect, said Tad Mabry, with W.W. Hastings Indian
Hospital in Tahlequah, and author of the program. "As mandated
reporters of abuse, dentists are required to report any child
suspected of being abused or neglected. We are very grateful to
Delta Dental Plan of Oklahoma for making this important educational
program available on their Web site and hope it will not only make
it easy for dental practitioners to garner continuing dental
education credit -- but more importantly -- to use this information
to help stem the tide of abuse in Oklahoma."
Located at www.deltadentalok.org in the "Dentists" section, the
program consists of an "Introduction" section, a 112-slide
presentation and a test. Individuals passing the test will receive a
certificate of completion and the appropriate form for submission to
the Board of Dentistry to receive their continuing dental education
More information is available from Tom Searls, corporate
communications manager for Delta Dental Plan, at 607-2178.
OU Medical Center featured
The University of Oklahoma Medical Center will be featured on The
Discovery Health Channel's The Critical Hour.
The first of four one-hour shows was televised Sunday. OU Medical
Center was the first hospital to be featured on the new show. The
second show featuring the hospital will run at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The first episode of the show featuring the OU Medical Center
included two accidents occurring late at night in Oklahoma City.
The second episode features the story of a 17-year-old boy shot
in the chest during a fight. Open-heart surgery reveals that the
bullet has caused a spinal cord injury. Paramedics are later called
to the home of an infant who has just had a frightening seizure.
Medics must get her to the hospital so doctors can prevent another
seizure and investigate the cause.
Dental facility opens
Michael K. Kirk has opened a new dental facility at 1057 NW Grand
Grand Dental Studio is the new name for Kirk's dental practice.
"The name emphasizes that science and artistry are blended when
it comes to providing patients with the highest levels of aesthetic
dentistry," Kirk said.
"Grand Dental Studio is a welcome addition to the Western Avenue
area where there are three miles of Oklahoma City's best
restaurants, clubs, shops, and galleries," said Richard Duncan, vice
president of MidFirst Bank and leader of the Western Avenue
Grand Dental Studio provides general, cosmetic, and implant
Kirk has practiced dentistry since 1993. He is a graduate of the
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Kirk received
additional post-graduate training in dental implantology at the
University of Texas.
Smallpox vaccination training
The Oklahoma State Health Department has scheduled smallpox
vaccination training for nurses from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Student Center, 1106 N. Stonewall in Oklahoma City.
The training is part of Oklahoma's plan for vaccinating frontline
health care workers who would investigate or treat cases of smallpox
resulting from a bioterrorism event. …