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THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION

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VOLUME 32, NUMBER 11 • NOVEMBER 2013

ACTION

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THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION

GDA ACTION (ISSN 0273-5989) The official publication of the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is published monthly. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GDA Action at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road N.E., Suite 200, Building 17, Atlanta, GA 30328. Phone numbers in state are (404) 636-7553 and (800) 432-4357. www.gadental.org. Closing date for copy: first of the month preceding publication month. Subscriptions: $17 of membership dues is for the newsletter; all others, $75 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Atlanta, GA. Dr. David Bradberry GDA Editor 1070 Woodlawn Dr NE Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30068

Delaine Hall GDA Managing Editor 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Suite 200, Building 17 Atlanta, GA 30328

2013-14 Georgia Dental Association Officers Marshall H. Mann, DDS, President Douglas B. Torbush, DDS, President Elect Greg G. Goggans, DMD, Vice President James B. Hall III, DDS, Secretary / Treasurer R. David Bradberry, DMD, Editor

GDA/GDIS Executive Office Staff Members Nelda Greene, MBA, Interim Executive Director Delaine Hall, Director of Communications Skip Jones, Director of Marketing (GDIS) Courtney Layfield, Director of Member Services Victoria LeMaire, Medical Accounts Manager Melana Kopman McClatchey, General Counsel Denis Mucha, Director of Operations (GDIS) Margo Null, Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Patrice Williams, Administrative Assistant Phyllis Willich, Administrative Assistant Pamela Yungk, Director of Membership & Finance GDA Action seeks to be an issues-driven journal focusing on current matters affecting Georgia dentists, patients, and their treatment, accomplished through disseminating information and providing a forum for member commentary. © Copyright 2013 by the Georgia Dental Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed an endorsement of the opinions expressed or products advertised. The Association expressly reserves the right to refuse publication of any article, photograph, or advertisement.

Organized dentistry is addressing significant trends that will affect dentists in the long term as well as making a difference in individual practices every day (Get details on page 15). The only way that organized dentistry can continue to keep the profession strong and successfully equip the profession to meet every future challenge is if every licensed dentist joins in. Call the GDA office today at (800) 432-4357 and request a membership application or visit us at www.gadental.org to print the application. Every dentist who joins makes the Association that much stronger and more capable.

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other features

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Parting Shots

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Editorial

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News and Views

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Calendar of Events

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Classifieds

Medicare Update for GDA Members Nearing Age 65

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Dental Recovery Network Helps Dentists Help Themselves

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Charitable Care Updates from Dentists around the State

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2014 Dues: Your Guide to Where Your Support Goes

Member Publication American Association of Dental Editors

index of advertisers Note: Publication of an advertisement is not to be construed as an endorsement or approval by the GDA or any of its subsidiaries, committees, or task forces of the product or service offered in the ADS South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 AFTCO Transition Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Affinity Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Atlanta Dental Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Center for TMJ Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Children’s Dental Sedation Center . . . . . . . . . .27 Craniofacial Pain Center of Georgia . . . . . . . .16

advertisement unless the advertisement specifically includes an authorized statement that such approval or endorsement has been granted.

Dental Care Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Dr. Mark Padolsky—TMD Dentist . . . . . . . . . .13 Fyffe Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 GDA Dental Recovery Network . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry . . . . .6 Georgia Dental Insurance Services . . . . . . . .28 Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists . . . . . .14

Hospital Dentistry—Dr. Kurtzman . . . . . . . . . .26 Law Office of Stuart J. Oberman . . . . . . . . . . .14 Paragon Dental Practice Transitions . . . . . . . .25 Professional Practice Management . . . . . . . . .24 Southeast Transitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 UBS Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

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editorial perspective The Landscape of Dentistry is Shifting

R. David Bradberry, DMD

Over the past several months I have attempted to bring to view several points about the future of our esteemed profession. The reasons for this are many, but the biggest one is that I see a profession in transition. Dentistry has undergone several transitions in the past as I have discussed before. It went from a trade to a profession, there was the debate over whether a medical degree should also be required, and then came the debate over what the creation and addition of dental hygienists would do to patient care. It seems a little hard to believe that these were some of the fiercest debates in our profession’s past. Many years ago the Georgia State Dental Society which became our GDA required members to present papers at their meetings. Any hint of advertising would result in dismissal from the Society. We have progressed far beyond those times but find ourselves at another crossroad. The debate is fierce again with all parties convinced the profession will not survive if their view does not prevail. Thankfully the American Dental Association commissioned an external analysis of many of the important subjects that are impacting us today. They have produced an “environmental scan” and you can read the executive summaries and full reports at www.ada.org. This scan discusses the different factors impacting all of us today. There is much to digest and they have done a good job of stating all the factors. There is an analysis of patients, providers, policies, payments, and implications for practice. For instance, the scan notes that spending in the dental sector has remained flat for several years and pre-dates the economic downturn. Dentistry has experienced several decades of growth that now appears to have at least stalled. Pressures are going up to increase value at reduced cost (i.e., get more for less). The GDA workforce census and study showed that we have an adequate supply of dentists in Georgia. Now we must study the demand side. Per the ADA’s report adult utilization of dental care peaked in 2002-03 and has declined since. The largest decrease in utilization is among young adults. Children are expected to fare better with all models

predicting an increase in utilization of dental care for children at or near poverty levels. Pediatric oral health care is one of the 10 essential health benefits in the Affordable Care Act, but the definition of what exactly that is remains to be defined by the federal government. Also, purchase of pediatric oral health care coverage is not required of anyone buying insurance through the federal or state exchanges. The ACA does not mandate adult dental care at all. Pressure is mounting for change in dentistry from both inside and outside. There will likely be movements eerily similar to medicine along the line of consolidation of practices. Corporate practices are here and likely to remain. They have a different structure from the initial corporate attempts of several years ago and have learned from those mistakes. There is a population that has become comfortable with that routine medical care that physician assistants and nurse practitioners provide, and therefore may be less likely to have any problem with dental therapists delivering care. Everyone needs to come out from under the rock of dental success of the last few decades. It is not a question of if there is a transition occurring, but in what form it will end up and how long it will take. The entire health care system is evolving. We can be involved in shaping the future or be run over by it! All of you should go read the ADA scans and watch the video the ADA produced about key trends at www.ada.org. Discuss these studies and trends at your study clubs, local meetings, at lunch, or on the phone. Every single GDA member needs to know these issues and voice their opinion. Each GDA member should get the last remaining dentist non-members to read, discuss, and understand these trends as well and join us in the discussion. The more united we are, the stronger and louder our voice. Medicine has taken a bitter pill from not uniting with a loud voice. The landscape is shifting; will you contour the terrain or be contoured?

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guest commentary Dental Recovery Network Helps Dentists Help Themselves Dr. Becky Weinman, Chair GDA Membership Services Committee I know a secret. Well, it’s not really a secret, but if you asked 90 percent of our members they would not be aware of a special service that is available to our members through the Georgia Dental Association. There may be only a very few people that need the service, but if you are one of those few, the Dental Recovery Network (DRN) is invaluable. The reason you may be unaware of the DRN is that the work done within the group is kept strictly confidential and the names of the participants are completely anonymous. The DRN helps dentists and dental hygienists get their lives back on track by addressing their chemical addiction issues and getting them back to work in a safe, professional manner. In addition, the DRN also helps dental practitioners advocate their cases if they must appear before the Georgia Board of Dentistry. There are two individuals who are the faces of the DRN. Jane Walter, LPC, is a licensed counselor who has worked with the GDA as the director of the Dental Recovery Network for 13 years. She has helped dentists along their recovery pathways for 20 years. Jane currently works with 40 to 50 dental professionals and monitors their recovery efforts. Dr. Gary Bartholomew is a member of the Northern District. He serves as the DRN liaison to the Membership Services Committee and is the contact between the Georgia Dental Association and the anonymous participants in the DRN. Both Ms. Walter and Dr. Bartholomew are available to answer general questions about the DRN and its services, or discuss an addiction issue affecting a dentist personally or affecting a dental staff member. Ms. Walter can be reached at (404) 376-5987 or jwgda@aol.com and Dr. Bartholomew can be reached at (404) 840-5992 or gbartholomewdmd@bellsouth.net. Just by being who we are and in the profession we have chosen seems to put us at a higher risk for chemical dependency. Dentists by nature are perfectionists which can set us up for disappointment. There is the physical stress on our bodies and the emotional stress of patient anxiety, staff personalities, and running a business. We have easy access to drugs and a private environment in which to use them. Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to admitting to being chemically dependent. Society today still looks at chemical dependency as a moral issue instead of as a chronic disease. The disease of addiction can be progressive and even fatal. Sounds a lot like other chronic diseases—diabetes, cancer, and lupus. All are chronic and can be progressive or fatal but none carry a moral stigma!

If you know anyone fighting addiction, you know it is a daily battle and on some days, an hourly battle. I hope even more that if you think you could be helped by the Dental Recovery Network, break from taking care of others and take care of yourself!

Thirty years ago, if you were a dental professional who had a problem with addiction, you were on your own with little understanding or support from the legal and licensing authorities. Today as a dental professional, you can access help through the GDA. Licensure authorities now have a history of being supportive rather than punitive with your willingness to seek and accept help. Through the efforts and successes of many having dealt with this frightening situation, no Georgia dental professional should hide in fear of facing the dreadful reality of addiction and other psychological problems. Today a confidential, high level of professional assistance is available to you including: personalized care objectives, support for family, direction for protection of a practice, advocacy in licensure issues, and long-term support in recovery. You do not have to live in discomfort and fear. Contact the DRN today.

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general news EASTERN DISTRICT Adam Goldberg

that he and his father share. “I think it would really make patients feel at ease,” he said. For now, the dentists allow patients to select what music they want to listen to via headphones during dental treatment. “The power of music is amazing and can greatly help with the anxiety people associate with dental treatment,” he said.

Do you know a GDA dentist who has been recognized as a local business or philanthropic leader? Have you received a civic award yourself? Tell the GDA office! Email Managing Editor Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org with all Dr. Adam Goldberg of Augusta was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of 40 outstanding state leaders under 40 for 2013.

(From Georgia Trend) Dr. Adam Goldberg, a 32-year-old general dentist in Augusta, was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as a member of the “40 Under 40” club for 2013. Each year for 17 years, the publication has selected 40 Georgians under the age of 40 who are leaders in the business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation, and education communities. The 40 honorees were chosen from nominations made by readers throughout the state. Final selections were made by the Georgia Trend editorial staff. The magazine noted about Dr. Goldberg that he has two lifelong interests: music and dentistry. As a child, he often accompanied his father, Dr. Steven Goldberg to his Augusta dental office. When he wasn’t at the office, he was taking classical piano lessons from a Juilliard graduate and participating in competitions throughout the state. Today, Dr. Goldberg practices dentistry himself and continues to be involved in music, serving on the Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board and in other volunteer capacities. Dr. Goldberg told GDA Action that he was thinking of adding a piano to the office

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of the details.

GDIS Helps ASDA Georgia Dental Insurance Services lent a helping hand to the American Student Dental Association chapter at Georgia Regents University this fall by sponsoring the ASDA Golf Tournament. GDIS sponsored hole 12 on the course, and talked with the students who played through about GDIS products and services, and who was playing well (everyone said they were). “This is one way that GDIS enjoys building goodwill with ASDA and the dental students,” said Director of Insurance Denis Mucha. “Practically every month, GDIS or the Georgia Dental Association participate in or sponsor an activity at the College of Dental Medicine. We want to make sure that the students and faculty see

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Dentistry, has served as a faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia and as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Oral Medicine at Emory University. He is the former director of a large sleep center, lectures throughout the world, and maintains a private practice in the Northwestern District. Kudos to Dr. Tilley on his honor. Dentists may view the cover where Dr. Tilley is featured at www.cranio.com.

WESTERN DISTRICT Robert Carpenter

(L to r): GRU College of Dental Medicine students Alex McGee, Justin Ragan, and Kyle Hollis with GDIS Director of Insurance Denis Mucha (second from right).

the benefits we can offer them as members as well as keep our relationship with the College strong.� Denis and GDIS Director of Marketing Skip Jones attended the golf event on behalf of the insurance company. GDIS has proudly participated as a sponsor for the tournament for 15 years. One of the events next up for dental students: the GDA welcomes students to participate in the first Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol!

NORTHWESTERN Larry Tilley

(L to r): Brothers Ken and Brian Sellers along with Ben Martin at the Fall Golf Tournament hosted by the ASDA chapter at Georgia Regents University. GDIS sponsored a hole in the tournament.

Dr. Larry Tilley of Calhoun appeared on the cover of the July 2013 journal Cranio, the Journal of Craniomandibular & Sleep Practice. The cover regularly features dentists who have devoted a large part of their dental careers to craniofacial pain, TMJ dysfunction, and dental sleep medicine. Dr. Tilley, a 1975 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of

It pays to attend the GDA Annual Meeting! Just ask Dr. Robert Carpenter, who won a Big Green Egg cooker at the 2013 event from exhibitor CBRE and finally had it installed at his Columbus, Georgia home. Contact him to ask about his hosting your next dental study club event. He promises to cook steaks for everyone.

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Upcoming GDA / Dental Events Please visit the GDA Calendar at www.gadental.org for more detailed information on the events listed.

DECEMBER 2013

Wed, Feb 12: LAW Day, Eastern District.

Tues, Dec 3: Central District Legislative Reception.

Wed, Feb 12: Northern District CE Program.

Wed, Dec 4: Northwestern District Legislative Fish Fry.

Wed, Feb 19: LAW Day, Northwestern District.

Thurs, Dec 5: Southeastern District Legislative Reception.

Wed, Feb 26: LAW Day, Western District and Northern District Eastern and Northern Branches.

Fri, Dec 6: Atlanta Dental Study Club CE Course. Fri-Sat, Dec 6-7: GDA Expanded Duties Training for Dental Assistants. Wed, Dec 11: Northern District Legislative Reception. Thurs, Dec 12: Northern District Hall County Branch Legislative Reception. Mon-Wed, Dec 23-25: GDA Office Closed for Christmas Holiday.

JANUARY 2014 Wed, Jan 1: GDA Office Closed for New Year Holiday. Mon, Jan 6: Northern District Executive Council Meeting. Fri, Jan 10: GDIS / GDHC / GOHF Board Meetings. Sat, Jan 11: Board of Trustees / Finance Committee Meetings. Sun, Jan 12: House of Delegates, Marriott Perimeter Center. Mon, Jan 13: Dental Health Day at The Capitol. Thurs, Jan 16: Northern District CE Event. Fri, Jan 17: Southeastern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit. Fri-Sat, Jan 24-25: GAGD Annual Meeting. Wed, Jan 29: LAW Day, GRU Dental Students.

FEBRUARY 2014 Wed, Feb 5: LAW Day, Georgia Dental Society and North Georgia Dental Society.

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Wed, Mar 26: LAW Day, Southwestern District / Alliance Dental Spouses. Thur-Sat, Mar 27-29: Hinman Dental Society Meeting.

APRIL 2014 Fri, Apr 4: GDA Meeting with Specialty and Dental Groups.

MARCH 2014

Sat, Apr 5: GDA Board of Trustees Meeting.

Mon, Mar 3: Northern District Executive Council Meeting.

Wed, Apr 9: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina, Atlanta.

Wed, Mar 5: LAW Day, Central District. Wed, Mar 12: LAW Day, Southeastern District / Northern District Hall County Branch. Wed, Mar 19: LAW Day, Northern District Central and Southern Branches.

MAY 2014 Mon, May 5: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Mon-Wed, May 19-21: American Dental Association Washington Leadership Conference, DC.

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Charitable Care Updates from Dentists Around the State The GDA offers this snapshot of recent charitable dental activities as reported by GDA dentists. Do you have a charitable event to report? Please email details and photos to Managing Editor Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org.

Kingdom Care Clinic The Southwestern District hosted its annual Kingdom Care Dental Clinic in Waycross September 26-28. Dental screenings were held the evening of September 26 with care occurring the next two days. The Georgia Baptist Mobile Dental Unit as well as several dental offices facilitated the clinic. Thirteen dentists, seven dental hygienists, and thirteen dental assistants provided care to 102 patients. “Our volunteers provided 48 non-surgical extractions, 47 surgical extractions, 65 surfaces of composite restorations, and 42 dental cleanings,” said volunteer Dr. George Thomas. Other dentists participating were Drs. Keith Crummey, Kim Hood, John Hopkins, Jason Lucas, Page Manus,

Greg Morris, David Morton, Sam Norris, Ralph Proenza, Duane Robert, Matt Smith, and Celeste Varnadoe. Several of these dentists also provide care to Kingdom Care patients throughout the year in their offices. Kingdom Care is a non-profit free clinic that provides health care services to working, uninsured residents of Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware counties who have a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and are not eligible to receive Medicaid, Medicare, or other coverage. The clinic is primarily supported with grant funding from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and the United Way of South Georgia. It happily received $1,200 from Southwestern District dentists who donated via their 2013 GDA dues statements. Dentists! Turn to page 21 and see how you can donate to support worthy state and district causes via your 2014 dues statement.

Community of Smiles The Lawrenceville practice of Dr. Nooredin Nurani held its seventh Community of Smiles event in September. Dr. Nurani and 21 other volunteer dentists provided free care for 237 low-income individuals. “We performed 279 procedures, including extractions, fillings, and prophys,” said Dr. Nurani. “The services provided with x-rays included (pano and PAs) were valued at approximately $64,948 this year. Since 2007, our volunteers have provided more than $268,895 in free care during the event.” Dr. Nurani credits the 100+ volunteers who helped in 2013 for the success of the event. The dentists who volunteered were Drs. Christopher Lee, Hannah Oh, Roya Akbar, Mark Caceres, Letoiya Carter-Robinson, Abbey Lee, Darlene Davis, Steve Drescher, John Dugan, Lacey Green, Tina Herington, Farah S. Khan, Jacob Koch, Ami Majmundar, Waheed Malik, Panida Nasseh, Mehrdod Parsa, Sandeep V. Pathak, James Sandlin, Shannon Thorsteinson, and Patrick Walker. The eighth Community of Smiles is scheduled for September 6, 2014.

BPSOS Community Health Fair Dr. Brittany Hoover and Dr. Sarabess Baumrind, both of Atlanta, provided oral cancer screenings and oral hygiene instructions to visitors at the 5th Annual BPSOS Community Health Fair in Norcross this September. Every year this non-profit, community-based organization hosts a Community Health Fair in Gwinnett County to raise awareness of common health problems among local Vietnamese residents. In addition to providing screenings and care instructions, the duo distributed oral health educational materials, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. (L to r): Dr. Jason Lucas, Dr. Sam Norris, Dr. Greg Morris, and Dr. George Thomas of the Southwestern District during the district’s annual Kingdom Care Dental Clinic. The event connects volunteer dentists who provide free dental care with low-income individuals in Waycross and surrounding areas.

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Special Olympics Special Smiles

Dr. Nooredin Nurani is interviewed by a reporter from WXIA-TV in Atlanta during a charitable dental event the Lawrenceville dentist hosted in his practice in September. The event reached 237 individuals.

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The city of Warner Robins in Central District welcomed 1,350 athletes in August to the Masters Bowling Tournament for Special Olympics Georgia. Also on hand to greet the athletes were dozens of dental volunteers, who on behalf of the Special Smiles program provided oral health screenings and education at the event. This is the fourth year Special Smiles has had a volunteer presence at the Masters Bowling Tournament and provided athlete outreach. Special Smiles Chairman Dr. Jonathan Dubin reports that nine volunteer dentists, three dental hygienists, seven dental hygiene students from Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), and several general volunteers reached 211 athletes. Of those athletes screened by the

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dentist volunteers, 155 received fluoride treatments onsite and 19 were referred to dental offices for urgent dental needs. Every athlete received a goody bag filled with electric toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral health items. Kudos to the dentists who volunteered their time in Warner Robins: Drs. Ryan Davis, Jonathan Dubin, Brenda Fritz, Nitsa Gilbert, Steven Golubow, Barbara Jansen (Director of the CGTCSouth dental hygiene program), Kendrick Mathews, Sheila Shah, and Emily Simon. Thanks as well to dental hygienists Wendy Bloodworth, Mary Hill, and Stephanie

Phillips; CGTC students Allison Bowers, Hanna Burke, Leeanne Gerde, Sativa Lempice, Callie Ragan, Michelle Register,

and Jamie Smith; and volunteers Courtney Hageman, Tony Joseph, Shawn Kim, and Kristie Oh.

Dr. Sheila Shah screens a patient at the Special Olympics Special Smiles event during the Masters Bowling Tournament in Warner Robins.

Dr. Brittany Hoover (r) and Dr. Sarabess Baumrind represented the Northern District Dental Society in September at a community health fair aimed at reaching Vietnamese residents in the Norcross and surrounding areas. Thanks to these members for donating their time.

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Organized Dentistry Gives Dentists Tools to Tackle Changes Facing Dentistry Your Georgia Dental Association (GDA) and American Dental Association (ADA) constantly take the temperature of dozens of current events that could impact the profession of dentistry. Before a particular issue can boil over and negatively impact dentists and patients, organized dentistry takes action to get the facts to the press, policymakers, and patients and equip dentists to deal with issues at the practice and patient level. Not only is organized dentistry monitoring issues that can have immediate impact on the profession, the ADA and GDA are also addressing significant trends that will affect dentists in the long term. The ADA for instance has recently published a comprehensive study of emerging trends (see the sidebar on page 17 to find out how you can read it today). This study pinpoints the most significant areas where the profession is rapidly transforming and contains a lot of good information. Those issues commanding immediate attention as well as those issues demanding long-range planning present challenges for organized dentistry. “The ADA and GDA are effective today at keeping the profession strong,” said GDA President Dr. Marshall Mann. “I see it with our GDA workforce census study and advocacy successes. I see it with our continued national push to keep dentistry as part of the health care conversation. But we cannot stay effective without retaining our current members and winning over new members.” The profession is changing, but organized dentistry is making a difference in many areas important to you. If you are not a member, call the GDA office today at (800) 432-4357 and request to join. If you are a current member, thank you and commit now to staying a dues-paying member in 2014.

GDA Advocacy Addresses Issues Impacting Every Dentist The GDA advocacy framework is without equal. There are two main reasons for the success of the Association’s work. One, the

GDA leadership has created multiple pathways for dentists and the dental family to become advocates for their own profession. These pathways include: • A Contact Dentist program where GDA dentists who may know state legislators as friends or patients volunteer to contact those legislators and offer to provide a helpful dental perspective on health care issues that could arise under the Gold Dome. • The Legislative Awareness (LAW) Day program, where dental students, dentists, and Alliance members are invited to the State Capitol every week during the legislative session to learn about dental issues and talk to legislators about current bills. • District legislative receptions, where GDA members are encouraged to attend, talk to legislators about what is going on the community, and build friendly bridges. • The Legislative Dental Kit program. The GDA Alliance dental spouses group annually assembles 900+ dental kits stuffed with oral health materials that spouses and dentists then distribute on the first day of the session to every legislator and legislative staffer. • A thriving GDA Political Action Committee (PAC). GDA and Alliance members support GADPAC with donations, and then the PAC financially supports legislative candidates who support issues important to dentists and patients. Two, GDA staff members and dentists monitor and contribute testimony as needed at every advocacy meeting or organizational event in Georgia where oral health is or may become an issue. Staff and volunteers also monitor hundreds of bills introduced during a typical legislative session to ascertain their impact or potential impact on dentists and patients. Combine an in-depth knowledge of emerging

issues with a network of volunteers prepared to take action and you have a successful governmental affairs program. Here are just some of the recent success stories that program has produced: Dental Board Move to Department of Community Health: House Bill 132 moved the Board of Dentistry from the Secretary of State’s office to the Department of Community Health in 2013. While part of the SOS office, the licensure division saw severe budget cuts and suffered from scarce resources, leading to unanswered calls from the public and too few investigators for dental complaints. There were also reports that dentists calling the Board were kept on hold for long periods and were frustrated by staff members with no specific knowledge about dental rules. This move will allow the Board to better serve the public and create a more efficient government entity. Licensure Freed From Insurance Plan Participation: In anticipation of potential issues with the new health care reform law, House Bill 785 was passed in 2012 to ensure that the state could not require dentists and physicians to participate in any public or private health insurance plan as a condition of receiving or renewing their license. Georgia’s Mandatory Participation Bill defends the rights of dentists and physicians to make fundamental business decisions in the best interest of their practice and patients. No Caps on Non-Covered Service Fees: House Bill 189 prohibits insurance companies from capping the fees that dentists may charge for treatment that is not covered by the insurer. This 2011 bill also prohibits insurers from placing statements on Explanation of Benefit (EOB) forms that a dentist should continue

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CHANGES Continued from page 15 providing a discount on non-covered services. From the starting bell the insurance lobby fiercely fought this bill, but GDA advocacy successfully pushed it through. $300 X-ray Licensure Fee Rescinded: In 2010, the GDA led a successful effort to save all dentists with in-office x-ray machines at least $300 and in many cases quite a bit more. On October 18, the state informed dentists and other health care providers that they now owed a fee of $300 for registration of their x-ray equipment. By October 21, the state had rescinded the fee and offered to send refunds to any providers who had already paid thanks to a well-orchestrated education and advocacy campaign spearheaded by the GDA. Options for Controlled Substance Prescription Paper: In 2011 Georgia’s legislature passed a law that required every prescription generated for a Schedule II Controlled Substance to be written on

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security paper approved by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. This paper was expensive and difficult to find. The GDA strongly advocated for giving dentists the choice of either using the paper approved by the Board of Pharmacy or the cheaper, more readily available, tamper-resistant paper approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Those advocacy efforts were successful and the 2011 law was amended in 2013 to give providers the option of which prescription paper to utilize. The main force behind all of these successes is a GDA network of actiontaking volunteers. Your decision to join organized dentistry means that your organization can take the necessary steps to defend your professional standards, your rights as a small business owner, and the rights of your patients to obtain their dental care from a trained professional. If you are not a member, call the GDA office today at (800) 432-4357 and request to join.

ADA Takes Fight to Congress About Unfair Practices The ADA advocacy framework is powerful as well. ADA staff members and volunteer dentists, including a grassroots team from Georgia, have fought to protect the rights of dentists and patients in these areas: • Fighting to repeal the McCarranFerguson Act, which adversely affects the public by exempting insurers from some federal antitrust laws. The ADA supports legislation that would bring health insurance companies into line with the rest of the American business community by eliminating the special treatment granted to them almost 65 years ago with the passage of the McCarran-Ferguson Law. • Addressing dental student loan interest rates. The fixed interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduates was set to double to 6.8 percent by July 1, 2013. Dental students don’t need the added burden of increased interest on their existing undergraduate loans. The

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ADA sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking senators to keep Stafford loans “at or as close to 3.4 percent as possible and work on a long term solution to bring the graduate loan rates down.” Legislation was passed in August 2013 that will keep rates for undergraduates slightly above 3.4% and avoid a rate doubling for graduate and professional school students. • Asking Congress to repeal the excise tax on medical devices. This tax, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, impacts medical device manufacturers, producers, and importers who are likely to pass on to providers and ultimately consumers any costs imposed by excise taxes in the form of higher prices. One estimate sees the excise tax increasing the cost of dental care by $160 million annually.

Read the American Dental Association Environmental Scan The American Dental Association has carried out a comprehensive analysis of the dental care sector to help inform the strategic plan process. This environmental scan was managed by the ADA’s Health Policy Resources Center, with oversight from the ADA’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee of the Board of Trustees. A group of leaders within the profession also provided additional insight into the analysis. The key takeaway from this first-of-its-kind analysis is that we have arrived at a critical moment for dentistry—a time for the profession to define its destiny. The scan involves thoughtful, objective, empirical research that provides the ADA with key facts and information needed to

If you cannot travel to Washington, DC, during the ADA Grassroots Conference held each May to speak with your representatives, then join organized dentistry and let your dues and PAC donations talk on your behalf. Let the ADA count you as a member and show legislators that the ADA speaks for a majority of dentists in the United States. Your GDA Delegation and staff will serve as your eyes and ears to ensure that your dues dollars are well spent.

help shape a strategy for navigating the challenges ahead as we chart a

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A Profession in Transition: Key Forces Reshaping the Dental

The GDA focuses on many trends that could affect Georgia dentists on a local level. For instance, in 2010 the GDA began combating the idea that mid-level providers were needed in the state. The Patient Protection Task Force and GDA staff developed the White Paper on Georgia’s Oral Health Status, Access to and Utilization of Oral Health Care Services that year. That document educated policymakers about the unique barriers encountered by individuals seeking dental care, including the patient’s perceived need for care, oral health literacy, dentist and dental team distribution, financial

course for the dental profession. Given the significant environmental changes on the horizon, organized dentistry cannot afford to be complacent. The full reports and executive summaries of the environmental scan as well as the external background report commissioned from the consulting firm Diringer and Associates are available at www.ada.org: A Profession in Transition: Key Forces Reshaping the Dental Landscape — Full Report (PDF)

Landscape — Executive Summary (PDF) Critical Trends Affecting the Future of Dentistry — Diringer and Associates’ Full Report (PDF) Critical Trends Affecting the Future of Dentistry — Diringer and Associates’ Executive Summary (PDF) There is also a four-minute video on the ADA site that gives a big picture of some of the key challenges facing the profession. Scan the QR code at right with an app on your Android or Apple smart phone (i-nigma is one app that works well) to visit the web

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circumstances, special needs, transportation, location, language, and cultural preferences. In other words, the GDA promoted the idea that workforce alone cannot address access. The GDA reinforced the findings of the white paper by commissioning a 2012 workforce census. This census and resulting study showed without a doubt that Georgia has a dental workforce more than capable of caring for Georgians in need of dental care without the need for alternative delivery personnel such as mid-level providers. Among the most striking findings, the census revealed that: • The majority of dentists report that while their practices are busy, they are still accepting new patients. • Only 19 private dentists reported that their practices are full and cannot accept new patients.

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• Patients of record in Georgia can get an appointment in 5.4 days, and a new patient can get an appointment in 6.1 days; patients can be seen almost immediately for emergencies. • 15 Federally Qualified Health Centers offer dental services; four of these see patients with no wait. The GDA immediately publicized the results of the workforce census and the national attention for this unique census was significant. The ADA noted the results in its publications and in speeches given by leaders. State advocacy groups noted the results as well. “Our census went a long way toward focusing attention on the real needs of dental patients in Georgia, such as oral health education, an improved dental public health infrastructure, and funding for dental Medicaid and PeachCare,” said President Mann. “The GDA moved the needle here thanks in large part to support from every Georgia dentist who took part in the census.”

The GDA has not stopped its work. While the GDA’s census answered the supply question, there is little non-anecdotal data showing exactly why Georgians do not ‘demand’ dental care. The August 2013 GDA Board of Trustees voted to proceed with a follow-up study to determine why there may be a lack of demand for oral health care services in the state. Once the GDA can pinpoint why demand is falling then the Association can develop even more effective programs to reach out to and educate patients. The outreach programs generated by projects like the workforce census and upcoming demand study cannot operate without member support. Please join your GDA and help the Association educate dental patients about the importance of seeking care from a dentist.

ADA Scan of Dental Trends Helps Direct National Programs The American Dental Association recently carried out a comprehensive analysis of the

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dental care sector. The key takeaway from this first-of-its-kind analysis—this is a critical moment for dentistry. The report’s findings confirm what many dentists have experienced. Utilization of dental care has declined among working age adults. Dental benefits coverage for adults has steadily eroded the past decade. The Affordable Care Act will expand dental benefits coverage for children but will not address many key access to care issues and will not reverse the decline in utilization among adults. Payment for dental services is shifting from commercial insurance to public coverage and out of pocket payments. An increasing number of dentists are being trained, but mounting debt load and changing demographics are altering practice choices for new dentists. Commercial dental plans are increasingly using more selective networks, demanding increased accountability through data and performance measures, and pressuring providers to reduce costs. The trend towards larger, multi-site practices will continue. Modeling results indicate that dental spending will remain flat in the coming decades. This ‘new normal’ is a

stark departure from decades of historically robust growth in the dental economy. The ADA has taken action in many areas the analysis discusses. The newly launched ADA Center for Professional Success aims to help dentists become more efficient and competitive in the marketplace. Their MouthHealthy.org consumer web site and support of the highly successful 2M2X (two minutes, two times daily) national tooth brushing advertising campaign continues to raise the dental IQ of many Americans. ADA News has devoted multiple articles to discussing health care reform and provided dentists with suggestions on coping with changes in dental benefits. The ADA’s Action for Dental Health campaign advocates for strengthening the publically financed dental care safety net along with other patient-focused issues.

Organized Dentistry Adds Value to Your Practice The GDA and ADA have made a difference for every dentist practicing today in

Georgia. There are challenges ahead for the profession, but your Association will produce further big picture successes with continued member support. At the same time, organized dentistry offers you significant value in your day to day practice activities. Some of these membership benefits include: • A free GDA staff placement service for dental assistants, dental hygienists, and front office personnel • Discounts from endorsed GDA and ADA service providers that can help lower overhead • ADA patient education materials that help you communicate the value of your practice • A free GDA referral services for patients who are seeking Georgia dentists • A GDA staff that educates consumers daily that they don’t need dental insurance to obtain dental care

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• Reduced dues structure for newly graduated dentists (the first year is free) • Free monthly GDA videos that discuss dental and business topics • Print and social media communications on issues such as secure prescription pad requirements, citizenship documentation for licensure renewal, employer requirements under the ACA, Medicaid provider updates, HIPAA / OSHA / and other regulatory compliance, sales tax changes, and prescription drug monitoring. Another whole article could be written just to discuss the benefits the GDA provides for the hundreds of dentists who provide care for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids enrollees. Organized dentistry helps these dentists cut through red tape, get paid, and obtain needed care for patients, as well as keeping the program viable by heading off budget cuts.

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Join: Make the Profession and Yourself Stronger Organized dentistry is addressing significant trends that will affect dentists in the long term as well as making a difference in individual practices every day. The only way that organized dentistry can continue to keep the profession strong and successfully equip the profession to meet every future challenge is if every licensed dentist joins in. Call the GDA office today at (800) 432-4357 and request a membership application or visit us at www.gadental.org to print the application. Every dentist who joins makes the Association that much stronger and more capable.

Join the GDA and ADA today! Call the GDA at (800) 432-4357 or visit www.gadental.org to print an application.

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2014 Dues Statements: Your Guide to Where Your Support Goes When you pay your district, GDA, and ADA dues, you help support the services each leg of the organized dentistry tripartite offers to dentists. Your dues allow your district to host continuing education courses and legislative events. Your dues allow the GDA to pursue advocacy initiatives, like supporting House Bill 132 that transferred the Georgia Board of Dentistry to the Department of Community Health in order to improve the Board’s ability to serve the public and health care professionals. Dues allow the American Dental Association to tackle important issues at the national level, such as working to repeal the excise tax on medical devices and raising consumer awareness of the value dentists provide. ADA dues are established by the ADA House of Delegates, which met the first week in November 2013 to set dues for 2014. District dues are set by each district based on their expenditure needs. GDA dues are set by the GDA House of Delegates. All three types of dues are payable on one statement sent by the GDA executive office to dentists. Dues must be paid in full by February 28, 2014, in order for a dentist to be considered a member in good standing. Payment of ADA, GDA, and district dues are required for full membership in 2014. In addition to the dues required for membership, there are several voluntary contributions that a member may make via their GDA dues statements to worthy causes. This guide tells you how you can use your dues statement to make a difference. Look for your dues statement to arrive in your office via fax in early November (and by mail if the GDA office does not have your fax number).

Voluntary Contributions Alliance: The Alliance dental spouses’ organization works with the GDA on legislative advocacy initiatives, oral health education activities, community outreach, and dental family well being projects.

Fisher Dental Education Foundation: The Foundation awards financial scholarships to deserving dental and dental hygiene students studying at accredited programs in Georgia. All donations made via the GDA dues statement go directly to fund student scholarships. GDA Foundation for Oral Health: Donations made to the Georgia Dental Association Foundation for Oral Health are used for outreach projects with the GMOM charitable care clinic being given preferential consideration. GADPAC: The GDA Political Action Committee is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that supports the campaigns of local, state, and national candidates friendly to dental and patient-related legislation. To maximize the GDA’s impact in the 2014 election, the GADPAC Board has voted to make a slight increase of $11 to the recommended GADPAC contribution on your 2014 dues statement. The total suggested contribution will now be $160, of which $50 goes to ADPAC (the American Dental Association PAC). Because the contribution to GADPAC will now be more than $100, state ethics law requires that we disclose your name, employer, and occupation. This disclosure will only detail your contribution to GADPAC, and not any specific contribution to a candidate. Relief Fund: The ADA Foundation’s Relief Grant Program provides aid of an emergency and temporary character to dentists and, when circumstances demonstrate unusual need and resources permit, to deserving dependents of dentists. Contributions to the Relief Fund also support the activities of the GDA Dental Recovery Network, which helps dental professionals address their addiction challenges and stress related health issues and get back to living life in a healthy manner.

District Voluntary Donations Ben Massell Dental Clinic (Northern): The clinic provides oral care services to thousands of Atlantans unable to afford care with the assistance of volunteer dentists. Coastal Medical Access Project Dental Clinic (Southeastern): CMAP volunteers deliver basic dental services to meet the needs of the uninsured residents in Coastal Georgia. Columbus Community Clinic (Western): Volunteer dentists provide care to uninsured adults at this clinic that operates one Friday each month on the campus of the Columbus Technical College. Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation (Northwestern): DDD Foundation offers comprehensive dental treatment to patients with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta. Give Kids a Smile Day (Eastern): Funds support district-level efforts to provide indigent children with screenings, sealants, limited restorative care, and dental education. Good Samaritan Dental Clinic of Jasper (Northwestern): Volunteer dentists provide care for the underserved at this clinic that operates with an ‘atmosphere of respect and dignity.’ Greater Atlanta Dental Foundation (Northern): GADF raises contributions to support Atlanta area charitable dental clinics that treat underprivileged patients.

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DUES Continued from page 21 Kingdom Care (Southwestern): The organization provides charitable care via dental volunteers to indigent, uninsured adults who reside in a five-county area surrounding Ware County. LaGrange Free Dental Clinic (Western): The three-chair clinic is operated with donated equipment from local dentists, volunteer labor, and grants from the First Baptist Church of LaGrange and Georgia Baptist Health Foundation. The clinic serves uninsured adults with income at or below 200% of the poverty level. Macon Volunteer Clinic (Central): The clinic provides free medical and dental care, as well as medication assistance, to uninsured, working adults, ages 18-64 in Bibb County. All MVC patients are at or below 200% of the poverty level.

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Rehoboth Life Care Ministry Dental Clinic (Central): The clinic provides lowcost dental care to uninsured residents of Middle Georgia. The clinic depends on donated funds to provide dental care to those who have no other resources. Savannah Volunteer Dental Clinic (Southeastern): The clinic, housed in Savannah Technical College’s Dental Assisting Clinic and Laboratory, provides care to children ages 3 to 18 who do not have dental insurance and that meet certain eligibility guidelines.

Pay your dues securely online with a Visa or MasterCard at www.gadental.org! Click the green For Members button then click Renew GDA Membership.

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classified ads How GDA members can place classified ads AD FORM: Submit all ads on a GDA Classified Advertisement Form. To obtain a form, call Skip Jones at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, or email jones@gadental.org. (Note: The GDA may accept or reject any ad for any reason and in its sole discretion.)

AD DEADLINE: Ads and ad check payments are due by the first of the month before the publication month (i.e., Dec. 1 for January).

AD RATES: ADA member dentists pay $75.00 per 60-word ad per month. There is a 25 cents per-word charge for each word over 60. Non-dentist-owned companies (real estate firms, etc.) pay $195 per 60-word ad per month (additional word charges as above). Non-member dentists may not place ads.

LATE FEE: Ads for which full prepayment is not received by the first day of the ad’s publication month (i.e.; Nov. 1 for a November ad) will incur a $25 late fee in addition to the ad rate.

FORMS OF PAYMENT: Submit a check or money order with the ad form. (Make checks payable to GDA.) Credit cards are not accepted as payment.

WEB SITE PLACEMENT: Prepaid ads will appear on the GDA Web site www.gadental.org for the month the ad appears in print. Non-prepaid ads will NOT be placed online.

Dental Equipment for Sale

Positions Available

Selling a full Four operatory worth of equipment! Includes: 2 Pelton chairs, 2 ASI chairs, 3 Twelve o’clocks, Pelton Crane Solaris Sterilization center, compressor, vac, nitrous equipment, 5 x-ray tubes, PAN, Cabinetry, autoclave, statim, computers, phone system. Asking price $98,000— Price is negotiable. Please call Dr. Patel for additional details @ (678) 596-5073 or email: mpatel1dds@gmail.com.

Part-time to Full-time associate needed: Looking for a wonderful, warm General Dentist to join our dental practice. Traditional fee for service, great family area. Endo and implant experience a plus. Send CV to cobbddsads@yahoo.com.

For Sale: 3 year old DentalEZ J/V classic chair, taupe color with matching mounting plate for light located in Hinesville, Georgia. Email: Libertyfamilydental@hotmail.com. For Sale: E4D Crown Milling Machine, like New, $80K, Awesome Deal! Call Dr. Will Miles for additional details. (229) 344-5636.

Dentists Available for Locum Tenens Need an experienced dentist to cover your office in case of personal emergency, CE courses, or just a well-deserved day off? I am licensed, insured, and DEA registered. Examine hygiene patients, triage emergencies, and generally keep things running smoothly. Call Jay Auerbach at (404) 272-1069. Dentist will fill in for illness, vacation, or continuing education. Licensed, insured, DEA #. Call (404) 786-0229 or email breighard@gmail.com. DENTIST: Need Part Time Fill In? Vacation, Illness, Maternity? GENERAL DENTIST SOLD LONG ESTABLISHED PRACTICE. GA & DEA LICENSED. (Available Expanded Atlanta Area.) Cell: (404) 219-4097. Home: (404) 842-1196. Jesse Hader, DDS. Dentist available during emergencies, vacation, CDE courses. I have a current license, DEA certificate, and insurance. Contact me at (706) 291-2254 or cell (706) 802-7760. I hope I can be of service to you. Patrick A. Parrino, DDS, MAGD.

Full or Part-Time General Dentist needed for a well-established practice in Atlanta suburb with opportunity for future buy-out. Please fax CV or resume to (678) 306-0630 or call (404) 740-9797. Exciting opportunity for dentist to provide children with dental care in Georgia schools. No evenings or weekends. Apply at www.smileprograms.com. Dentist Opportunities: Copperhill, TN / McCaysville, GA. Dental Partners is one of the fastest growing family dental practice groups in the Southeast. We give you the ability to focus on patient care while earning a base of $125K-$200K and the opportunity to earn more based on production. Benefits package of medical / vision / life / FSA, 401K, professional liability, and yearly CE allowance. Relocation and student loan repayment assistance program available. Email resume to areimiller@dental-partners.com or call Ashley Reimiller, Director of People Development: (321) 574-8003. We are growing and need to add another General Dentist to our team! If you are looking to work in a fun, fast-paced, and financially rewarding environment … let us know! We are an established practice in the northern suburbs averaging 60+ new patients per month. 8 ops available and we offer a full range of services to our patients. New grads welcome; mentoring and training available. Please email resumes to: reggieworkws@yahoo.com.

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General Dentist Needed: LaGrange, GA. We are looking for a General Dentist to join our team in a part-time position. We practice a wide range of dental procedures. Please email resume to: eharry@dreharry.com or fax to: (706) 885-9940.

Orthodontics practice for sale. Premier Preferred Provider of Invisalign Teen, Invisalign, Clear Correct, and Ceramic Braces in N. Atlanta high end residential district. Six operatory chairs, private room for adjustments, and bldg / equip less than 4 yrs old. Well established and growing practice will go quickly. Up to 100% financing available. Contact Lynn at lynn@5thaavc.com.

GEORGIA—ATLANTA. Multiple pediatric dental offices in Metro Atlanta are seeking pediatric dentist and general dentist to work in an extremely successful, expanding business. We offer a team motivated working environment and a competitive salary. We believe in a high level of patient and parent education and making sure that children have an excellent dental experience at each visit. Our practice provides all levels of care, including oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia at local hospitals. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic and motivated. For more information please call (678) 923-4466 or email brian.friedman@ dentistry4children.com. Visit our web site at www.dentistry4children.com.

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Dental office available! Located in Lilburn, GA right off I-85 on a HIGH TRAFFIC ROAD. This 2,950 sq. ft. space is all built out and plumbed. Offered for the BEST VALUE in the Atlanta Area. The floor plan was professionally designed with plenty of windows and excellent circulation (no dead-end hallways). Call to request a floor plan and see 8 operatories, surgical / orthodontic suite, sterilization room, lab, restroom, conference room, and kitchen. Plenty of parking. Call Joanna (770) 831-6363 x-16 or (770) 920-5979.

Dental Space for Specialist in Greater Atlanta! Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Woodstock, Stone Mtn, and Riverdale locations. Ideal for Pediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon looking to add satellite location or new startup. Already plumbed & fully equipped with 5 operatories and room for 2-3 more. Save time & build-out costs! Contact us at: dentalspecialist2@ gmail.com. North Georgia: Long-established predominately fee-for-service practice available for purchase. Practice collects approximately $800K annually on 15-16 days per month. Four treatment ops, 1 hygiene op, and 1 additional plumbed. Office is 2300’ with a 1500’ upstairs apartment. Easy Dental, 5 stations. 19 new patients per month, refers out implant placement, perio, ortho. Practice located in beautiful downtown district. For information, contact Dr. David Griggs at dgriggs@tampabay.rr.com or (727) 593-5852.

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For Sale: High Net Practice. $850,000 gross, 4 ops, FFS & INS < 1% PPO. Excellent location to raise a family. Atlanta 2 1/2 hours, Beach 2 1/2 hours, Mountains 3 hours. Call Bill Morris (678) 725-6459. Dental Space Available! Duluth, GA— Already built-out and plumbed with dental equipment! Convenient location located off Sugarloaf Parkway near I-85. Built in 2007. Up to 6 operatories if needed, sterilization, consultation room, kitchen, front office, and private doctor office. Split design dental space, perfect for new dentist or specialist satellite office. Upscale building in a high growth area with excellent demographics. Move in ready! Contact Aubrey Scher at (404) 384-8800. Practices for Sale: COLUMBUS AREA #8824—Gross Collections $389K; SUBURBAN ATLANTA ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8832; WEST GA PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8906. For more information, call Dr. Earl Douglas (770) 664-1982 or email earl@adssouth.com.

Available: BUCKHEAD: Beautiful 6 operatory office grossing $700K; diverse patient base. LAKE OCONEE AREA: Exceptional opportunity, grossing $730K; all the bells & whistles. NORCROSS: Gorgeous office grossing $1.4 million, 6 operatories, general practice with focus on implants. I-75 NORTHERN CORRIDOR: Great practice outside Atlanta grossing $600K. Richane Swedenburg, New South Dental Transitions: (770) 6300436 or info@newsouthdental.com. Check new listings at www.newsouthdental.com.

NORTHEAST METRO ATLANTA PRACTICE FOR SALE: 5 operatory, well-established, mostly PPO practice with 30% C&B. First year income after debt service is $403K! Please call or email for details using Reference #GA1040. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com.

MACON AREA: Well-established, all FFS, 3 operatory practice collecting $300K+ annually. Please call or email for details using Reference #GA1041. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com.

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Inside This Issue • Dental Recovery Network Helps Dentists Help Themselves • Charitable Care Updates From Around the State

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