Happy New Year from the Board of Dentistry. I want to thank my fellow Board members and staff for allowing me the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Florida Board of Dentistry. I also want to thank all the current and past board members for giving their time and for their hard work to make sure we maintain a strong and effective Board of Dentistry.
The year 2013 brings many changes to the Board. There are currently two vacant seats on the Board, one dental hygienist and one consumer member position. Vicki Campbell, one of our consumer members, recently resigned to serve as Commissioner of the Emerald Coast Utility Authority Board in Escambia County. Congratulations to her and we wish her well in this new position. I respectfully request your assistance in identifying candidates to fill these positions. Please contact Board staff with questions regarding service on our Board.
The Anesthesia committee has made safety a priority this past year and there will be many upcoming changes to the rules. The Examination committee has been very active working with both ADEX and NERB to make sure that the Florida exam is the best in the country. A recent law change allows for the administration of local anesthesia by dental hygienists with proper recent credentialing.
I ask that you stay informed and monitor the Board of Dentistry website. This year will bring the launch of a new interactive website for our profession. Any new changes affecting you will be posted to our website. The Board website averages more than 500,000 hits per year. Finally, please make sure we have your email address so that we can stay connected to you.
Daniel Gesek, DMD