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Permanent link  Alert for Chicago dentists: City of Chicago inspecting dental offices for plumbing compliance


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 plumbing codes.

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 plumber.
ISDS has more information on the Illinois State requirements and City of Chicago codes.

For more information
Illinois Department of Public Health
(217) 782-4977

Illinois Department of Public Health's Office of Health Protection
(217) 782-3984

City of Chicago's Plumbing Inspection Division
(312) 744-7017


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Permanent link  FTC delays Red Flags Rule again


The FTC has delayed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule through December 31, 2010. Read the official statement here.

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

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 rules.
The ADA has resources for dentists on the Red Flags Rule.


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Permanent link  Programs help Illinois families that cant afford orthodontic treatment for their children


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 considered.

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 brochure.

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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