The Chicago Dental Society has recently received reports that
inspectors from the City of Chicago Water Department are visiting
dental offices citywide to check compliance with public health
In light of these reports, Illinois State Dental Society has provided the
following information to dentists statewide:
There are both statewide and city-specific codes
related to installation of backflow preventers. Since 1994, the
State of Illinois has required dentists to have a licensed plumber
install a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer (RPZ) on
each dental unit or group of dental units and on the dental vacuum
system, in order to protect the water system from potential health
hazards of human waste discharged during dental procedures from
flowing back into the water system.
The City of Chicago requires a backflow preventer on each dental
unit; other cities may only require a backflow preventer that
connects all units to the main water system.
In addition, dentists statewide should know that they are required
to have these backflow systems inspected annually by a licensed
ISDS has more information on the Illinois State requirements
and City of Chicago codes
.For more information
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health's Office of Health
City of Chicago's Plumbing Inspection Division
state of illinois
The FTC has delayed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule through
December 31, 2010. Read the official
The most recent action before this latest delay was when the House
in October 2009 passed
HR 3763, which exempted small business, including dental
practices, with fewer than 20 employees from the legislation.
However, that bill has been delayed in the Senate, pending the
financial reform package.
According to DrBicuspid.com:
The logjam may be on the verge
of clearing, however. On May 25, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Mark
Begich (D-AK) introduced S. 3416, the Senate's version of H.R. 3763, which
also calls for the exemption of certain small businesses --
including dentists and physicians -- from the Red Flag
The ADA has
resources for dentists
on the Red Flags Rule.
red flags rule
We recently received word from the Illinois Society of
Orthodontists (ISO) that their new volunteer program, Donated
Orthodontic Services, is up and running. Volunteer orthodontists
will treat one or two cases per year. Patients must complete an
application and meet certain eligibility requirements to be
If you are a general dentist who would like to refer a patient to
the program, please view the referral
form that must be completed.
Orthodontists who would like to find out more about volunteering
can view the volunteer
application and recruitment
For more information, please visit the ISO website or contact the
program coordinator, Dedra Williams, at (800) 699-6795.
A second program that also provides orthodontic treatment to
children of low-income families is Smiles Change Lives. A
national nonprofit, Smiles Change Lives is currently accepting
applications from Illinois residents. For more information,
visit their website
or call (888) 900-3554.
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