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 Quick and Easy - Minimum payment is now an option for your dental professional liability premium!

 

GRADUATING SOON?

 

You’ve finished dental school and you are ready to get out there and start practicing…Now what? We’d like to help you take your next step as a professional by providing you with information they may not have covered in dental school: Insurance.

 

What types are there? What types do you need? Where do you get it?

 

To find an agent in your area who can assist you with your insurance needs, call our Policyholder Services Department at 800.522.6675 or access our Find an Agent page.

FORTRESS RISK MANAGEMENT COURSES

Fortress believes it is never too early to begin risk management education. We offer a number of risk management courses for dental students and residents. To view our Course Catalog, click here.

 

NEW FROM THE DDS GUARDIAN

PERIODONTAL DISEASE TREATMENT: BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES AND MITIGATE RISK

Julie Goldberg, DDS - Education Coordinator

 

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.1 Mismanagement of this disease can lead to patient dissatisfaction, allegations of supervised neglect, and failed implants. This article will cover best practices to improve patient outcomes and mitigate risk related to the assessment and treatment of periodontal disease.

 

Identify risk factors and indicators

Review existing office health history forms

 

The health history form may provide the first opportunity to identify patients who are at risk for periodontal disease. Pre-existing health issues and behaviors that may indicate an increased risk of periodontal disease includes: diabetes, xerostomia, smoking, electronic cigarette and smokeless tobacco use, and any barriers to maintaining oral hygiene. Including these conditions and habits on your health history form provides an opportunity to discuss treatment of the condition or cessation of the habit.

 

Evaluate a patient’s health history responses and document any clarifying conversations

 

Reviewing your patient’s health history forms for accuracy, can help provide a thorough understanding of the patient’s condition and dental habits. For example, many patients are unaware that they may be prone to xerostomia with certain medications. A discussion with the patient to confirm their self-reported history also allows you an opportunity to educate the patient on their identified periodontal disease risks. Subsequent documentation of these discussions in the patient’s chart further supports your efforts.

 

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NEW ADDRESS - NEW LOGO!

While we implement these changes you may receive correspondence with the old or new logo/address. Rest assured we are the same trusted Company committed to protection for dentistry.

 

ATTENTION NATURAL DISASTER VICTIMS

For those impacted by a natural disaster, please contact our Policyholder Services Department at (800) 522-6675 if you need additional time to pay your premium or have other questions regarding your insurance policy. We’re here to help!

 

PRESERVING YOUR PAPER DENTAL RECORDS AFTER WATER DAMAGE

A new document called “Preserving Your Paper Dental Records After Water Damage” is now available for download. You can access the form by logging into our website using your user ID and password and clicking on the Clinical and Office Documents link. This new form is located under Office Documents.

 

NEW CORONECTOMY INFORMED CONSENT FORM IS NOW AVAILABLE

A Coronectomy Informed Consent form is now available for download. You can access the form by logging into our website using your User ID and password and clicking on the Informed Consent Forms link on the left side of the page. These forms are customizable, so feel free to add your office logo.

 

FORTRESS PREFERRED PARTNERS

Fortress recommends our Preferred Partners as resources for our valued policyholders. Learn more…

 

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