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A newsletter providing dentistry with the latest news and information.

Issue 29, No. 3 | Fall 2013

On the Cover Eric Statler, Stage 4 Oral Cancer Survivor (5 Years), Advocate/Volunteer for the Oral Cancer Foundation

Washington


Linda Edgar, DDS, MAGD

Federal Way Dentist Installed as Academy of General Dentistry President

CHICAGO (July 5, 2013)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Linda J. Edgar, DDS, MEd, MAGD, of Federal Way, Wash., was installed as the association’s president during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held June 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tenn. “As I begin my tenure as AGD president, I look forward to leading this organization to further achievement and growth,” Dr. Edgar says. “The AGD is the voice of general dentistry, and I hope to strengthen that voice this year.” An AGD member for more than 20 years, Dr. Edgar has served the association in numerous leadership roles. She was a Board of Trustees member for Region 11, which is composed of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. She also has held all elected offices for the Washington AGD and served as its executive director for four years. During her tenure on the AGD Membership Council,

What’s Inside Page 2 ....... WAGD President Installed Page 3 ....... WAGD Directory Page 4 ....... Oral Cancer, Joseph Sepe Page 5 ....... Cheese Prevents Cavities Page 6 ....... A Little Less Conversation Page 7 ....... Tuned Up in Nashville Page 8 ....... Washing AGD Awards Page 9 ....... Looking Back Page 10 ..... AGD Schedule of Events Page 11........AGD Schedule of Events Page 12...... AGD Schedule of Events Page 13...... AGD Schedule of Events Page 14 .... AGD Schedule of Events Page 15...... Course Curriculum Page 16 ..... Eric Statler Page 17...... Do Your Patients Know Page 18 ..... Dinner and Auction, Your Invited Page 19 ..... AGD President as Oral Cancer Grand Marshall Page 20 .... Refer a Colleague, Speaker Line up Page 21...... AGD Washington Briefing Page 22..... Membership Application

Dr. Edgar developed a student transition manual and helped to create an AGD constituent marketing program, which aids constituents with their local recruitment efforts. Because of this work, Dr. Edgar received the AGD’s Overall Recruitment Award in 2003. Dr. Edgar has been committed to continuing education throughout her career, and as a result, has earned both Mastership and the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR) in the AGD; she was awarded her Mastership in 2002 and the LLSR in 2007. A professional designation within the AGD, Mastership reflects a general dentist’s ongoing commitment to provide quality care through continuing education, and requires awardees to earn at least 1,100 hours of continuing education. The LLSR requires members to complete at least 1,600 hours of continuing dental education and more than 100 hours of dental-related community or volunteer service. Dr. Edgar graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 1992 after teaching high school chemistry for 14 years. She and her husband, Bryan Edgar, DDS, MAGD, have a full-time private practice in Federal Way. They have one son, David, and one granddaughter, Analise. About the Academy of General Dentistry The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit www.agd.org. The AGD is a member of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a first-of-its-kind national dental coalition composed of 35 leading dental health organizations. The Partnership’s campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to improve their children’s oral health in simple ways. The campaign offers families oral health resources through the website 2min2x.org.

WAGD PACE Chairperson Linda Edgar, DDS, MAGD Email-drlinda@edgardentistry.com 1911 SW Campus Drive Federal Way, WA 98023

Look what’s coming up; Free Courses for Members of the Washington AGD: 2013 Washington AGD CE Directory

Thursday, September 19, 2013 “How Dentists Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes.”, with Dale West, Author, Accountant, Senior Advisor Register Online www.washingtonagd.org 6:30pm-9:00pm Speaker- Dale West Please contact Valerie Bartoli to learn more about registering for these courses and getting involved in the Washington AGD’s upcoming events. Registration will be opening soon and space is limited email valbartoli@comcast.net to hold your space now!! These FREE courses are open to WAGD members only!! Not a member yet? To become an AGD member today, complete and return the enclosed application, or visit www.agd.org to join online. We look forward to serving you as a member. Join now and go above and beyond in your dental career! Washington AGD Approved PACE Program Provider #219331. FAGD/MAGD Credit Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry, AGD or WAGD endorsement. Washington AGD PACE Provider (6/1/2010-5/31/2014).

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2013 WAGD DIRECTORY OFFICERS

President Jim Cunnington, DDS (541) 420-2830

jimcunnington@hotmail.com

President-Elect Steven Thomas, DMD, MAGD (360) 659-8406

drthomas@drthomasfamilydentistry.com

Secretary/Treasurer Todd D. Haworth, DDS, MAGD (360) 457-5152 todd@haworthdentistry.com

Immediate Past President

David Keller, DDS, MAGD, ABGD

(360) 690-5676 drdavekeller@gmail.com

BOARD MEMBERS

Pace/Sponsor Approval Linda Edgar, DDS, MAGD (253)-838.9333 drledgar@comcast.net

Dat Giap, DDS (206) 332-1861 johnluc95@aol.com

Webmaster Puneet S. Aulakh, DDS (206) 790-1485 ppsaul@yahoo.com

Todd Haworth, DDS, MAGD (360) 457-5152 padds@olypen.com Teresa Kang, DDS (425) 821-8411 tkangdds@comcast.net

C/O Membership Chair

Joseph F. Sepe, DDS, FAGD (360) 576-0647 sepe1@qwest.net

E. Ricardo Schwedhelm, DDS, MSD (206) 543-5948 erschwed@u.washington.edu Stephen Russell, DDS (360) 943-8182 Steverussell42@hotmail.com

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Editor S. Brady Bates, DDS

509-795-5878 doctorbates@batesdental.com

BOARD MEMBERS Tar Chee Aw, DDS, MS (206) 543-5948 tcaw@u.washington.edu

Continuing Dental Education Gary Heyamoto, DDS, MAGD (425) 485-8885 garye.heyamoto@gmail.com

Find us on FACEBOOK

Legislative Bryan Edgar, DDS, MAGD (253) 838-9333 edgardds@comcast.net

Washington-Academy-of-General-Dentistry

Membership Dr. Kishore Shetty (713) 517-2252 orasmile@gmail.com

Puneet S. Aulakh, DDS (425) 255-6476 ppsaul@yahoo.com

Student Program Coordinator E. Ricardo Schwedhelm, DDS, MSD (206) 543-5948 erschwed@u.washington.edu

NATIONAL AND REGION XI OFFICERS 2013

AGD President-Elect

Region XI Trustee

Regional Director

WAGD President

Region XI

DDS, Med, MAGD, LLSR WAGD PACE CHAIR Sponsor Approval

DDS, MAGD,LLSR

DDS, MAGD

DDS

Executive Director WAGD Executive Director CDA, ED

Linda Edgar

253-838-9333 drlinda@edgardentistry.com

Gary Heyamoto

425-485-8885 garye.heyamoto@gmail.com

Guy Hanson

208-375-1012 guy@drguy.com

Jim Cunnington

541-420-2830 jimcunnington@hotmail.com

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Valerie Bartoli

900 Meridian E STE #19-361 Milton, WA 98354 253-306-0730 Fax-253-891-4053 valbartoli@comcast.net


At Large Board Member Constitution & By-laws Comm. Chair Todd Haworth, DDS, MAGD (360) 457-5152 drhaworth@haworthdental.com

Dental Student Dental Student Eric W. Olendorf Kooroush Mansourzadeh UW School UW School of Dentistry Class of 2014 of Dentistry Class of 2016 kooroush@uw.edu eric.olendorf@gmail.com Dental Student

Jaclyn Hakes

UW School of Dentistry Class of 2015 jaclynh@dental.washington.edu

REPRESENTATIVE

Dental Student

Niki Voeller UW School of Dentistry Class of 2016 nvoeller@uw.edu

Dental Student Landon King Dental Student UW School of Dentistry Class of 2015 Allen J. Tucker UW School of Dentistry Class of 2014 landongking@yahoo.com ajtucker2@gmail.com

Oral Cancer Joseph F. Sepe, DDS, FAGD

We found out my wife had oral cancer on a Monday in March of this year around 6 P.M. I remember staring at the wall clock as my oral surgeon friend who removed the lesion from Cindi’s palate was on the phone explaining to me that while this was cancer, the good news is that it was detected early and that it was treatable. It was painful to tell my wife of almost thirty years she had cancer; it was settling after hugging her for a time to hear the strength in her voice when she said ‘what now’. Cindi’s low grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) first appeared on the roof of her mouth late November 2012. She described it as a bump that would drain and then recur. In January we decided to have it looked at by the oral surgeon. His clinical differential included a minor salivary gland cyst, most likely a mucocele, but that it should be removed. His cone beam scan showed no underlying pathology, and outside of the residual pain of having a centimeter of soft tissue removed from the hard palate, Cindi was doing very well. And then we get the phone call. The pathology report showed margins were still positive for cancer; a more aggressive surgery would need to be performed. In late May

Cindi had her second surgery. Five centimeters of soft tissue were removed up to and exposing the hard palate. A thermoplastic splint with a sedative dressing was screwed into the hard palate and remained in place for three weeks. As a result of the surgery a one centimeter oral-nasal communication developed on the soft palate. The post operative pain was numbing, but made tolerable when the pathology report showed no cancer remaining. Cindi was now cancer free.

while a high grade MEC has a 0-43% 5-year survival rate. It is now the beginning of July. Cindi’s pain level is still high and she takes 600mg. of ibuprofen four times a day. Her oral-nasal communication is down to 4mm, and she might need another surgery to correct it. In the meantime she has an appliance which helps obturate the communication. She remains extremely positive, and is looking forward to the WAGD Oral Cancer Awareness event in September. Because of early detection Cindi Sepe is an Oral Cancer survivor!

Early detection of oral cancer is directly related to a good long-term prognosis; Cindi’s cancer was easily detectable because of its location. Because her MEC was ‘low grade’, surgical removal of the cancer was the only treatment necessary. If her MEC was ‘intermediate’ or ‘high grade’ a more radical surgery, plus radiation would have been the treatment. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation a low grade MEC has a 92-100% 5-year survival rate,

As we’re all hopefully aware, oral cancer will kill one American every hour of every day. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but because the cancer is routinely discovered late in its development. To help raise public awareness of the importance of early detection by seeing their dentist, Washington Academy of General Dentistry has partnered with the Oral Cancer Foundation to organize Seattle’s oral cancer awareness events both Friday, September 13, 2013 “An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer”, Dinner & Auction-Bellevue, Hyatt (Details are attached) & RACE to SAVE the FACE, Saturday, September 14, 2013. (Continued on page 5)

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An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer is scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2013. This event will highlight survivors and the achievements of individuals who have made a significant contribution to this not for profit organization. Dr. Dolphine Oda will be honored by the Washington AGD, University of Washington & the Oral Cancer Foundation for her dedication to ending Oral Cancer and will receive the Oral Cancer Foundation: Lifetime Achievement Award. Also Dr. Kent de Vigne for his service & contributions to the Oral Cancer Foundation. I hope that you will make plans to be there to support this cause. Welcome & Networking Reception 5:30 PM-6:30 PM, Dinner & Auction 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, Master of Ceremonies & Auctioneer: Fred Granados The Seattle Save the Face Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2013, and will be held at Seattle’s Magnuson Park along the shores of Lake Washington. It will include free oral cancer screenings for the public provided by our Washington AGD Dentists Volunteers, and all proceeds will benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation. If you would like to be a dentist volunteer for screenings, please contact Dr. Gary Heyamoto. Dr. Heyamoto is the contact person for all volunteer dentists & staff. Email: garye.heyamoto@gmail.com Valerie Bartoli is the Team Captain for TEAM WAGD and is asking for your help to support this great cause. Join our team and let’s save some lives!http://donate.oralcancer.org/ index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive. team&teamID=5383

New Research Shows Cheese May Prevent Cavities CHICAGO (June 5, 2013)—Consuming dairy products is vital to maintaining good overall health, and it’s especially important to bone health. But there has been little research about how dairy products affect oral health in particular. However, according to a new study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), consuming cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities. The study sampled 68 subjects ranging in age from 12 to 15, and the authors looked at the dental plaque pH in the subjects’ mouths before and after they consumed cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk for tooth erosion, which is a process that wears away the enamel (or protective outside layer) of teeth. “The higher the pH level is above 5.5, the lower the chance of developing cavities,” explains Vipul Yadav, MDS, lead author of the study. The subjects were assigned into groups randomly. Researchers instructed the first group to eat cheddar cheese, the second group to drink milk, and the third group to eat sugar-free yogurt. Each group consumed their product for three minutes and then swished with water. Researchers measured the pH level of each subject’s mouth at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after consumption. The groups who consumed milk and sugar-free yogurt experienced no changes in the pH levels in their mouths. Subjects who ate cheese, however, showed a rapid increase in pH levels at each time interval, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties. The study indicated that the rising pH levels from eating cheese may have occurred due to increased saliva production (the mouth’s natural way to maintain a baseline acidity level),

which could be caused by the action of chewing. Additionally, various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and help further protect teeth from acid. “It looks like dairy does the mouth good,” says AGD spokesperson Seung-Hee Rhee, DDS, FAGD. “Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.” To learn more about oral health, visit KnowYourTeeth.com. About KnowYourTeeth.com KnowYourTeeth.com is the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) source of consumer information on dental care and oral health. Its goal is to provide reliable information in a format that is easy to use and navigate, and to provide the tools that will help consumers of all ages to care for their teeth and with other aspects of oral care. KnowYourTeeth.com answers important dental health questions, offers the latest information on current dental treatments and tips for first-rate oral hygiene, and can help visitors find qualified dentists near here they live or work. About the Academy of General Dentistry The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, (Continued on page 9)

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1. ALL MEMBERS TAKE DEFINITIVE ACTION TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS My Dream is that we will grow this organization to top 40,000 members next year. To do this we all must take definitive action. We all must take the risk to talk to non members “one on one” . Most people who are not AGD members will tell you –they have never been asked. Linda Edgar, DDS, MAGD

A Little Less Conversation a Little More Action I want AGD to be seen as an EXCEPTIONAL ORGANIZATION. When others hear the word AGD I want them to think of the organization that STRIVES FOR EXCELLENCE IN ALL WE DO Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe ,dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible. The best leaders remove the words can’t and impossible from their vocabulary The best leaders provide positive solutions to any challenge they are presented with. The leader of the future will be rated on his or her ability to anticipate problems rather than meet them as they appear. We must have passion be prepared and proactive and we must be persistent. Leaders occasionally have to stand alone but they must always have the courage to take a stand. A leader must confront the most brutal facts and the current reality. A tree gets stronger if it is consistently pruned getting rid of the weak branches—so does an organization. A leader is one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and sometimes yells, “wrong jungle!” Sometimes leaders need to think outside the box, reinvent the box, and sometimes blow up the box. Every time we make a decision to spend our members’ money, we need to ask the question, “How is this going to benefit the member? MY VISION ,HOPES and DREAMS for AGD My hope is to have an organization where all members feel respected , appreciated and work to encourage sharing of ideas, concerns and suggestions so we can develop the programs that have the best value for our members. Success for organizations doesn’t happen by accident. It starts with an unwavering commitment from the leaders to build a dedicated team of people to serve their BOSS- who is the MEMBER. One of the common denominators of most successful organizations is a commitment to others and a contribution to their success. A leader never stands on a pedestal or thinks he or she is better than the people they should be serving. Leaders must respect others and listen to what they have to say.

Now I am going to take a risk and challenge all of you. —I am challenging you all to recruit at least 5 full dues paying members this year— Anyone who recruits 5 full does paying members by May 31 next year will have their name placed in a drawing for a round trip ticket for 2 to the Big Island of Hawaii and a week at a 5 start resort five times. If you recruit 6 your name will be entered 6 times etc. The winner will be announced at the opening session of the Detroit Annual Meeting next year June 26-29. 2. HELP DENTAL STUDENTS There are 22000 dental students in the US. By bringing AGD into all dental schools and starting them on their path to lifelong learning early they can earn 50 credits and be even better prepared to start practicing. *My dream is to increase our student membership to 10,000 student members and involve this generation in our future planning by inviting them to be members on our state AGD Boards, as representatives on our councils and with representation on the HOD. WE must answer their question – what are you doing that can help me with my debt and help me be more successful in my practice? They must be able to wrap their arms around the programs we offer and say –That alone is worth the membership fee. . 3. COLLABORATION MY Dream is that we will collaborate with other organizations and companies like ADA and ASDA, Our corporate sponsors to help make a difference for our patients. I have always been a member of both ADA and AGD and feel strongly that all general dentists should support both organizations. I would like to see the mid level legislation be replaced with legislation to increase loan repayment and GPR residencies. —My dream would be that constituents could work together and move state legislation to truly make a difference for our patients. My Dream is that we can initiate and grow oral health literacy programs through collaborations and truly make a difference in both adult and children’s lives. 4 . EDUCATION and BRANDING My dream is that we will increase the number of fellows and masters by removing the barrier to getting the Mastership or Fellowship—which is taking the EXAM—WE could do this by offering more fellowship review courses and

local access to taking the tests WE could develop informational power points our constituents can use in their meetings or lunch and learns. We could develop a newsletter template that small states can send to their members and to all the dentists in the state. Corporate or managed care dentistry is an area we are studying with a goal of developing a program to provide facts to new dentists to help them better understand various practice business models so they can determine which type of practice is truly best for them. We must help our members with practical solutions to help them be more efficient and more profitable. Create educational programming that is unique and has value—in our new space we could set up a chair with a microscope and monitor and produce 1 hour videos with practice pearls and efficient techniques that dentists could view from the comfort of their home. We will be having an Educational Summit this fall to bring together people who will visualize the future of Exceptional AGD Education. 5. IMPROVE OUR ANNUAL MEETING We want to develop an amazing educational offering and improve our annual meeting using the audit evaluation this summer. 6. ADVOCATE My Dream to be recognized as the exceptional organization that has protected and will to continue to PROTECT and FIGHT for our rights as General Dentist to perform the procedures that we have been comprehensively trained to do. The AGD presidential line meets often with allied groups to collaborate and discuss concerns. The AGD is the only organization that stands up for the issues that general dentists face. Over the past seven years, our Board and officers have taken a stand on what could have been very restrictive perio guidelines, sedation guidelines and advertisements that indicated that the public should see a specialist. We intervened when Invisalign suddenly increased education and case load minimums to maintain your right to use the product. We have been working with ASDA to better understand the student debt problem and our ASDA/AGD Task force is collaborating in Washington, D.C. to find solutions by increasing loan repayments, GPR residencies, and asking for decreases in loan interest rates. 7. A SUCCESFUL MOVE AND TRANSITION TO OUR NEW BUILDING

This will happen this September!! I look forward to an always exciting year and ask you to contact me any time with your positive suggestions and ideas. drlinda@edgardentistry.com

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Tuned Up in Nashville! Allen J. Tucker UW School of Dentistry Class of 2014 This year, the Academy of General Dentistry Annual Meeting was held in Nashville, Tennessee. As part of Region 11, consisting of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska, the WAGD sent 4 delegates to represent our constituent. As a 4th year dental student at the UWSOD, I was privileged enough to attend as a spokesman for the younger generation of dentists. The time I spent in Nashville truly did change how I view dentistry and helped shape my future goals as a professional. The Academy of General Dentistry is a passionate organization aimed to improve the profession of dentistry. Being part of the Annual Meeting helped me realize just how high the standard of care should be for our patients. Nobody who is a part of the AGD is a minimalist, or believes that the status quo is sufficient. It is an organization full of doctors who truly feel that what is best for their patients is best for the profession. I will be a life long member of the AGD because of what it stands for, and for what it will help me become. For those who have never attended the AGD annual meeting, it is truly a remarkable event. It consists of two major components; governance and continuing education. Governance: The AGD House of Delegates, consisting of around 200 members, meets every year during the Annual Meeting. The house is opened early Thursday morning, and the delegates are hard at work until it closes on Sunday afternoon. The region 11 delegates were very active and involved in many of the proposed resolutions. They showed particular interest in defeating a resolution

that would have taken advocacy money away from the local level and placed it nationally. This victory allows Washington to receive more direct support, both financially and instructionally, from national AGD as we continue to fight mid-level providers and other important dental related legislations. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the HOD and learning about their role and how they function. However, the main aspect that impressed me the most was the passion showed by all involved. It is very motivating to see so many people that are so passionate about the profession of dentistry. I am overwhelmed by how educated and passionate our delegates were on all issues the profession is facing today. Continuing Education: As always, the CE speakers brought in by the AGD were nothing short of exceptional. At the Annual Meeting you have a full slate of CE to choose from, spanning over the course of 3 days. Some of the biggest names in implants, esthetics, and anything else you could have wanted were present. As an AGD member, all of the courses were either offered at a discounted price or free of charge. It was a great weekend of education for everyone who attended. Jackie Hakes, UWSOD Class of 2015, RIDE UW School of Dentistry Class of 2015 WAGD Class of 2015 Representative I joined the WAGD as a student representative last summer, looking to get involved in organized dentistry on a higher level and develop interpersonal relationships with upperclassmen and dentists in the surrounding community. What I discovered, since, surpassed my expectations. I not only joined a

community of dental students looking to make a change at the UW, but I played a part in helping the WAGD take on a new face and direction at the dental school! In the past, students have gravitated more towards ASDA, but this year, spearheaded by the Membership drive which took place in March, saw a rise in student memberships by 40%, including over a 50% increase in both the first and second year classes. The WAGD was a mystery no longer. By informing students of the FREE membership, which offers them numerous lunch and learn, CE, and mentoring opportunities, we helped the WAGD gain a larger student membership population. However, our efforts did not rest at attaining an increase in member numbers; rather we worked with the WAGD, individual companies and the UW to bring in lunch and learns focused on the students’ suggestions. These lunch and learns included one-onone instruction in E4D crown design, oral cancer information and screening techniques, as well as an informative session on the Mastertrack program, which awards a graduating fourth year a $5000 scholarship. In addition, the WAGD sponsored the UWSOD gala this year, held at the Seattle Aquarium. Student attendance rose significantly this year, but the attendance by local dentists left much to be desired. We hope to attract more local dentists to the incredible event next year. This coming year will build on the success and momentum gathered from last year. On a local level, I have partnered with Jon Everett, a fellow second year classmate and newly elected UW ASDA President, to bring closer ties between the two organizations. And on a national level, Allen Tucker and myself were able to attend the AGD House of Delegates in Nashville, TN at the end of June. I

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Washington AGD Dentists Receives Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship, Mastership & Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition Valerie Bartoli, Executive Director WAGD

The Washington Academy of General Dentistry (WAGD) is pleased to announce the following Washington AGD dentists have received awards in Fellowship, Mastership and the Lifelong Learning during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held from June 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tenn. These AGD Awards are presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To accomplish these goals, these dentists completed enormous hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD. “We are proud to honor these dentists for their commitment to the profession,” says AGD President Linda J. Edgar, DDS, MEd, MAGD. They have distinguished themselves as professionally among their peers and as role models for both fellow dentists and community members of Washington AGD. The Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR)-LLSR formally recognizes Dr. James A. Flerchinger, Dr. Gerald N. Hino and Dr. Raymond Hsu’s dedication to remain current in dentistry and “give back” to the community. It epitomizes a career of excellence in dentistry. These dedicated dentists have earned both the Fellowship & Mastership Awards and excel in outstanding leadership

within their dental communities. Achieving Mastership award (MAGD) is a professional designation within the Academy of General Dentistry that reflects a general dentist’s ongoing commitment to provide quality care through continuing education. 1100 hours of FAGD/MAGD-approved continuing dental education credit, 400 of which must be in participation courses. 600 credit hours of which must be earned in specific disciplines. The Academy of General Dentistry and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry formally recognizes, Dr. Theodore M. Baer, Dr. Joseph A. Schneider and Dr. R. Brian Kane. The Fellowship Award (FAGD) recipient’s, joins more than 6,900 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. The Academy of General Dentistry and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry formally recognizes, Dr. Minh Thu Thi Dang, Dr Brian J. Dillon, Dr. Laura M. Howrey, Dr. Connie M. Manuel, Dr. George F. Naden and Dr. Sang Y. Shin. My sincerest congratulations to each of these outstanding dentists on attaining the AGD’S professional designations!

Congratulations to our WAGD Dentist.

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(Continued from page 7, Jackie Hakes)

am eager to have the opportunity to room with Michelle, a rising fourth year OHSU student, to attending the general meetings and sessions, and to attend a continuing education course on bone grafting and bone biology. Through these and other events, I hope to develop even more professional relationships with local and distant dentists and colleagues. The WAGD has offered me many incredible opportunities this year and I remain grateful I took the chance and applied for the position of student representative. The experience has helped me grow as an individual, a leader, and a dental professional and I am passionate and excited about the new phase of the UW WAGD student chapter.

Looking Back Deepti Singh

A little over a year ago, with dental school graduation looming, I remember feeling a mix of motions. I was excited to have completed my requirements, sad topartwayswithmy dental colleagues, and anxious about what would come next. I knew I wanted to practice general dentistry, and pondered the possibility of joining a private practice. Although I was confident that the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UWSOD) had done an excellent job in preparing me to begin working on my own as a dentist, I knew that there was still more to learn. I wanted to be in an environment where I would have constant mentorship and continuing education available to me. As I explored options in private practice, I knew that finding an opportunity like this would be difficult. I began researching Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and General Practice Residencies (GPR), and decided

to apply to a few AEGD programs. These programs appealed to me as they offered the ability to work with several attending faculty, offered a strong didactic and clinical curriculum with large patient pool involving comprehensive and medically complex patients, and also gave me the ability to work with fellow residents in discussing patient care and treatment plans. I decided to pursue an AEGD program at the University of Pacific (UoP). As I have now completed my residency, I look back and am thankful for the educational opportunity it presented to me. My AEGD program had attending faculty in several specialties, including Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, and Orthodontics. Working one on one with the faculty on patient cases gave me a unique experience that I had not been exposed to in my undergraduate curriculum. I was encouraged to tackle complex multi-disciplinary treatment plans, and was given the resources and entorships in several specialties to carry out and complete procedures that I had no previous experience as the primary clinician. This experience has given me the confidence to perform these procedures in private practice and also the knowledge to know when to refer a case that may be out of my realm of expertise. One of the primary goals I had when starting my AEGD program was to increase my productivity. Through residency, I have been able to dramatically increase the number of patients I see in a day, and feel more confident in all my procedures. Furthermore, I now have more experience in treatment planning for comprehensive care, especially for those patients that may be medically compromised. As I was one of six residents in my program, I was able to bounce treatment planning ideas off my colleagues, much like a group practice setting. It was interesting to learn the different techniques and materials my colleagues were taught to perform proceduresintheirrespectiveundergraduate curriculums. I soon began to feel that if I had startedprivatepracticewithoutmyresidency program, it would almost be like practicing dentistry with tunnel vision.

As I am now looking forward to joining a private practice, I know there is still more to learn. Dentistry is ever changing, and we must stay motivated and dedicated to learn about new innovations. I am thankful for the invaluable education I received through my residency program, and am confident it has made me a better clinician. Deepti Singh is a 2012 graduate from the UWSOD and earned a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the UoP in 2013. She is now looking for a position in private practice in the Los Angeles area.

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and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit agd.org. The AGD is a member of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a first-of-its-kind national dental coalition composed of 35 leading dental health organizations. The Partnership’s campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to improve their children’s oral health in simple ways. The campaign offers families oral health resources through the website 2min2x.org.

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Washington AGD CE/Event Directory

August 2013

ComplimentaryImplant Implant Course, Complimentary Course, Saturday, September 7, 2013of the Washington Friday, August 30, 2013 for members only for members only AGD of the Washington AGD Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Rogers & Hiossen AIC Subject Code: 690 Credit Hours: 7 Tuition: FREE for Washington AGD Members & Non-AGD Members $199 (No Staff Please) Location: Hiossen, Issaquah To Register visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Course Synopsis This program will fulfill the doctor's desire to learn implant dentistry with practical, clinical information & techniques. Emphasis is placed on anatomic considerations, treatment planning & prosthetic techniques Next Surgical Date for Live Patient Implant Hands-On Surgery: September 27-28 and October 4 & 5, 2013 Time: 9:00AM4:00PM Credits: 7 Participation Subject Code: 690 per day. For more information or to register visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction, & Estate Planning Complimentary Course for Washington AGD Members! Thursday, September 19, 2013 Renowned Speaker: Dale West Subject Code: 550 Credit Hours: 2.5 Location: Cedarbrook Lodge (No onsite registration is available) Tuition: FREE for Washington AGD Members & Non-AGD Members $399 To Register visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Course Synopsis: Discover the tools you can use to become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes, and achieve financial peace of mind. By the end of the presentation you will know how to Protect 100% of your assets from lawsuits. You will learn how to make yourself so unattractive to a plaintiff attorney that they will never pursue a lawsuit against you. Save thousands of dollars each year in taxes. You will learn five tax reduction strategies most people fail to utilize, which could save you more than $10,000 each year in taxes. Avoid probate and eliminate all estate taxes. You will be taken through a checklist of items that are important to every estate and business succession plan. You will learn what you should be doing now to prepare for successful business and estate secession. Sponsored by American Society for Asset Protection Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM-9:00 PM. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM and is included with Registration. For more information or to register: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

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"An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer", Friday, September 13, 2013 Live Music, Dinner & Auction University of Washington, Professor Dr. Dolphine Oda will be recognized for her outstanding contributions to Oral Medicine! Time: Friday, September 13, 2013 Wine & Champagne Social 5:30 PM-6:30PM Dinner, Music & Live Auction 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Location: Bellevue Hyatt (No onsite tickets sales are available) Ticket Price: $100 per person For more information or to Buy Tickets: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Auction Items to Include: Trip to Kona, Hawaii, Trip to Sun Valley, Woodinville Wine Tour, Artwork, A Day at the Emerald Downs Race for 4, much much more! M enu to include: Prawns, Heirloom Tomato, Sugar Snap Tea Salad Balsamic Glazed Fig, Proscuitto and Rosemary Focaccia Salad Summer Greens with Roasted Grapes and Cabernet Vinaigrette Syrah Soaked New York Strip Loin, Wild Mushrooms, Grits, Sweet Onions Grilled Chicken Breast, Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette, Romano Beans Raspberry Mascarpone Mousse Cake, Crystallized Flower Chocolate Lollipop, Champagne & Wine. Spirits are available at Cash Bar.

The Washington Academy of General Dentistry wishes to bring awareness to this deadly disease and help save lives. This event will highlight survivors and the achievements of individuals who have made a significant contribution to this not for profit organization. The success of this event relies heavily on your support and generosity. Please give generously and assist putting first-class research into action that will truly make a difference in the prognosis of oral cancer. You can show your support of this year's event through corporate sponsorship, attending our event, or by making a donation.

For more information or to Buy Tickets: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

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5K RACE to SAVE the FACE, September 14, 2013 The Washington AGD, Seattle Marathon & Oral Cancer Foundation 5K Walk for Awareness of Seattle is a family-friendly FUNdraising event for the entire community! Please join us on Saturday, September 14, 2013 as we gather to raise awareness for oral cancer. There will be free oral cancer screenings, speakers and music. Where: Seattle's Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, Washington 98115 Registration Begins: 9 AM Race starts: 9:45 AM Registration Fee: Walkers $25 to pre-register, $30 day of the event. Oral cancer survivors are FREE. Children 5 and under are FREE/Ages 6-10 $10 Online registration closes at 12pm on Friday, September 13th. After this date please register in person the morning of the walk with cash/check/money order made payable to The Oral Cancer Foundation. For more information or to register for the race: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

Comprehensive "Live Patient" Implant Surgery Course! September 27-29 & October 4 & 5, 2013 Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Rogers & Hiossen AIC Subject Code: 690 Credit Hours: 35 Tuition: $4000 for AGD Members & Non-AGD Members $5000 (No Staff Please) For more information or to register: To Register visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Location: Hiossen, Issaquah Course Synopsis This Live implant training course was created to bridge the clinical gap between theory and reality by elevating the clinicians surgical skills and their clinical confidence. This is achieved by allowing the participants to operate on patients under direct supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Rogers and his clinical staff. Date: September 27-28 and October 4 & 5, 2013 Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM Credits: 7 Participation Subject Code: 690 per day. For more information or to register visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

Washington AGD Hands-On "Live Patient" Orthodontic Program Speaker: Dr. Binh Tran DDS, Lily Stefoglo, EFDA Tuition: 12 Sessions Hand on Orthodontic training program. $10,000 for AGD Members & Non-AGD Members $12,000 For more information or to register: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Location: Federal Way, WA Course Date, Time, Length: Second weekend of each month for 12 months. Jan 2014. Fridays are lectures and Saturdays are patient treatment. Specific dates can be change if needed. Maximum attendees: 10, Interview by Dr. Tran for acceptance. Course Content/Objectives: �

Training from initial consultation to final retainer delivery and monitor: o o Washington Initial orthodontic examination and comprehensive treatment plan. Academy of General Dentistry • Issue 29 • 2013 • www.washingtonagd.org •12 o o Orthodontic records and management system o o Photography and Case presentation


Training from initial consultation to final retainer delivery and monitor: o o Initial orthodontic examination and comprehensive treatment plan. o o Orthodontic records and management system o o Photography and Case presentation o o Orthodontic Office and Financial management system o o Ceph Analysis and FACE principles o o Orthodontics Principles and Mechanics for Angle class 1,2, and 3 o o Clinical Orthodontic practice: from banding to debanding. o o Orthodontic supplies ordering and managing inventory o o Post treatment retention and monitor o o Surgical and TAD in Orthodontic. o o Pediatric to Geriatric orthodontics. o o A training manuals and related reference papers is included. o Attendee will be trained in how to start orthodontic service in their office. o Attendee will treat and present a minimum of two of Dr. Tran patients. o Attendee is requested to start treatment in their own office and present those cases. o Monthly quiz and a final exam will be given to confirm learned concepts o Final Plaque and Certificate presentation with Diner (spouse invited)

2013-2014 MasterTrack Sessions-SOLD OUT! W AITING LIST-The Washington AGD is looking to add a second MasterTrack Group in 2014 if you are interested in being added to this list, please email our executive director at: valbartoli@comcast.net Premiered Speakers: Dr. Karl Koerner, Dr. Henry Gremillion, Dr. Robert Convissar, Dr. Gene McCoy, much much more!! Course Synopsis Open to all dentists, AGD member or not who is seeking a comprehensive post graduate continuing education program. This program showcases courses in 18 different disciplines. This well balanced interdisciplinary hands-on program will answer that call. for those dentists seeking their FAGD, MAGD or just a fun study club. This is the perfect opportunity to educate yourself in a small study club format and make some lifelong friendship. For more information about our program: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Sponsored by Washington Academy of General Dentistry Time are always Thursday-Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Monthly Sessions are September, November, January & April. Light Breakfast, Lunch & all materials included with Registration. For more information, dates of session/speakers or to register: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

Dental Practice Marketing Workshop Complimentary Course for Washington AGD Members! Thursday, November 14, 2013 Renowned Speaker: Korey R. Korfiatis Subject Code: 550 Credit Hours: 2.5 Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM-9:00 PM. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM and is included with Registration. Location: Cedarbrook Lodge (No onsite registration is available) Tuition: FREE for Washington AGD Members & Non-AGD Members $399 For more information or to register: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Course Synopsis: Award Winning Brand Strategist and nationally recognized speaker on the subjects of dental practice branding and word-of-mouth marketing for dental practices. "As the economy begins to slowly turn the corner, new opportunities marketing your• Issue practice beginning to present themselves. Washington Academy of for General Dentistry 29 •are 2013 • www.washingtonagd.org • 13 Don't wait, join me and arm yourself with the tools you need to capitalize."


Award Winning Brand Strategist and nationally recognized speaker on the subjects of dental practice branding and wordof-mouth marketing for dental practices. "As the economy begins to slowly turn the corner, new opportunities for marketing your practice are beginning to present themselves. Don't wait, join me and arm yourself with the tools you need to capitalize." Course Objective: * What is a brand and why it matters to you * How to uncover your practices unique brand promise * Why perception is all you have to compete in today's marketplace * Converting online interest into patients * Navigating the vast and ever changing media landscape * How to each marketing channel must overlap to be effective * Unlocking the mystery of search engine optimization * How to double your new patient referrals * How to convert online consumers into new patients * How to properly budget, track and adjust your campaign Sponsored by Legwork Social For more information or to register: visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730

Thank you for your membership! Message from your Executive Director The Washington AGD has produced this electronic CE directory as a source of FREE and Discounted courses for members of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). As a member, you will notice incredible benefits offered to our AGD members both by Washington AGD and our sponsors! We are working on adding more FREE & discounted courses every day to better serve our membership. If you have a speaker or course suggestion you would like to see added to our yearly calendar, please do contact me! We are always working on ways to better serve our members! For our Non-AGD members, membership with the AGD is only $429 per year for Washington AGD members, which is only a fraction of the cost of the member benefits that you will receive. If you are an AGD member, we Thank you for renewing and if not we ask you to join today!!! Visit www.washingtonagd.org or by calling 253-306-0730 Feel Free to Call M e! I am here for our members, not a machine or answering service! Valerie Bartoli, Washington AGD Executive Director Office: 253-306-0730 or email valbartoli@comcast.net Fax: 253-891-4053 Website: www.washingtonagd.org Check us out on Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin!

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FROM THE COVER Eric Statler Volunteer, Advocate and Speaker As a volunteer for the Oral Cancer Foundation, I get to be involved in identifying and reaching out to individuals and organizations to develop mutually beneficial relationships that help raise awareness of Oral Cancer, and improve early discovery and diagnosis of the disease. My goal is to develop and maintain synergistic relationships with a wide range of contacts, many far removed from the medical and dental sectors where we have found our core support to date. While some of these relationships manifest themselves as financial support from those with a shared value system, others provide corporate entities with useful exposure that only a relationship with a non-profit like OCF could provide.

In January 2008 I was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma oral cancer. The treatment and surgery that saved my life were not without consequence, as I was left severely disfigured and my speech significantly affected. I am now resolved to make a difference in the oral cancer paradigm, and help others avoid a similar experience. I found the Oral Cancer Foundation’s website in January of 2009, and through this relationship began a new chapter of my life. I have spent the last year educating myself and sharing that information with other cancer patients as well as reaching out to those in my community affected by cancer. When combined with my work skills prior to cancer, I believe that I can augment the effectiveness of the foundation’s efforts, as I connect them to an ever-increasing group of entities as their partner. Being given an opportunity to apply my skills at OCF, even with some of the physical compromises that I live with,

provides me the opportunity to be engaged in a meaningful work life again, as well as fulfilling my desires to raise public awareness, while educating and providing comfort and support to those struggling with this disease.

Dr. Connie Manual & Eric Statler

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and large, Akerlof’s idea has been very applicable to the real world in industries as diverse as digital storage to clothing manufacturers, and has some chilling but manageable implications in dentistry.

Do Your Patients Know What You Are Selling? Dr. David Keller, DDS, MBA, MAGD, ABGD

In 2001, George Akerlof wrote a paper entitled The Market for Lemons: quality uncertainty and the market mechanism, which eventually lead to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. Briefly, this is what the paper said. Imagine a world where there are two and only two kinds of automobile sold to consumers. One sells for $500, the other for $1000. They are identical in every outward appearance: color, shape, options, upholstery, etc… However, the $500 “lemons” have some mechanical problems that make them underperform the $1000 cars. Also imagine that while consumers cannot in any way tell them apart, car salesman always know what kind of car they are selling to consumers. Akerlof, after imagining this theoretical world, then posited that rational people would never purchase $1000 cars; instead, they would only spend $500 for fear that the car they were given would be a lemon and they don’t want to pay $1000 for a lemon. This decision making illustrates what is known as asymmetric information: the car salesmen have information (whether the car is or is not a lemon) that the consumers do not. His paper went on to predict that in such an imaginary world, this asymmetric information would lead to the demise of the higher quality but higher priced cars in favor of the lower priced but lower quality lemons. And, by

Dentistry is, by its very nature, rampant with asymmetric information. By virtue of education and experience, we doctors will virtually always know more than our patients about diagnosis, prognosis, and all of the various treatment modalities available to our patients. Applying Akerlof’s theorem, that means that our patients, in the vacuum of good information, will tend to select only those services that represent the lowest possible price, including leaving your practice to go to the discount shop down the road. While that might infuriate us, we must understand they are doing it because it is rational and because we have failed to provide them the right kinds of information they need to value the goods and services we have to offer them. The time for dentists to come down out of their academic and intellectual ivory towers is now. We must learn how to properly communicate and create value for our patients in the goods and services we offer. What does this look like? How about a throwing in something like this, “Mr. Smith-I am so happy you’ve decided to place a crown over that tooth. The crowns we provide you are among the best possible crowns offered on the market: they are beautiful, very durable, and you will be immensely satisfied with the investment you are making in your health.” Simple statements like this one reinforce patients who proceed with ideal care and reassure them that their investment is purchasing for them something that is reputable and dependable. I recommend we make such statements short and sweet. We aren’t trying to

sell them on the superior compressive strength of a full zirconium crown v. a feldspathic porcelain one-they’ll smile and nod but have no clue what you’re really saying. Instead, all they want is a little reinforcement-you’ve made a wise choice and what you’re purchasing is worth the investment. Shifting the balance of information from us to them extends to all members of the team. While many hygienists take great pride in the relationships they’ve developed with “their” patients, if it’s $25 cheaper down the road, some of those “friends” or “long-time” patients may wander away, lured by less out of pocket expense. Hygienists need to understand that if the only difference between what they provide and somewhere cheaper is a good conversation, they are driving patients away. Similar assistants can fill their conversations with dental education and encouragement, touting new goods and procedures offered, directing patients to the practice communication tools like newsletters, blogs, social media, and websites, and asking patients for referrals. Support team members can help patients remember that checking on remaining benefits and answering billing questions we do gladly “as a courtesy” to them. While the majority of dental practices offer the same general menu, those best able to communicate the value of what is offered will have the happiest and healthiest patients and bottom lines. We must never forget that we are teachers first, technicians second. When we screw up that order, our practices follow the path predicted by Akerlof. So, let’s rescue our patients, not from cavities alone, but from misinformation, false advertising, and ignorance, helping them receive the dental care their want and need.

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Joseph J. Massad, DDS, leads an education session at the AGD 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits. Washington Academy of General Dentistry • Issue 29 • 2013 • www.washingtonagd.org • 18


AGD President to Serve as Oral Cancer Walk Grand Marshal

the survival rate for oral cancers,” she says. “We’re asking that all local community members spare a few minutes of their day to come to this event for an oral health evaluation. Those few minutes could save your CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2013)—Academy life.” of General Dentistry (AGD) President Linda J. Edgar, DDS, MEd, MAGD, In addition to serving as a partner for a practicing dentist in Federal Way, the walk, the Washington AGD will Wash., has been named grand marshal host a dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. of the second annual Oral Cancer Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Foundation (OCF) Walk for Awareness, Hotel. All proceeds will benefit the which takes place Sept. 14 at Magnuson OCF. Park in Seattle. “The foundation is very proud to have the Washington AGD partner with us in this year’s event,” says Brian Hill, an oral cancer survivor and OCF executive director. “General dentists have the opportunity to change the course of this deadly disease by screening their patients and finding signs and symptoms early, when the chance The goal of the OCF Walk for Awareness of survival is the greatest. They are, is to educate the public on the risk without question, the first line of factors and early signs and symptoms defense.” of oral cancers, and the importance of annual oral cancer screenings. In To register for or to donate to the keeping with that mission, Washington Walk for Awareness, visit the OCF’s AGD members will be on hand during website, oralcancerfoundation.org. To the event to provide free oral cancer learn more about oral cancer and screenings to the public from 9 a.m. to many other oral health topics, visit 1 p.m. KnowYourTeeth.com. “More than 42,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, and the disease causes more than 8,000 deaths annually,” Dr. Edgar says. “The Washington AGD has partnered with the OCF to help sound the alarm about this growing health concern.”

“Dozen of dentists will be available to perform these painless examinations. During the approximately seven-minute screenings, doctors will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in the neck, head, cheeks, and mouth, and look for any sores or discolored tissues,” Dr. Edgar says.

Photo below Oral Cancer Walk Supporters

About the Academy of General Dentistry The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit www.agd.org. The AGD is a member of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a first-ofits-kind national dental coalition composed of 35 leading dental health organizations. The Partnership’s campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to improve their children’s oral health in simple ways. The campaign offers families oral health resources through the website 2min2x.org. Contact: Lauren Henderson, Academy of General Dentistry, 312.440.4974, media@agd.org

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Refer a Colleague There is no better time to recruit for Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) membership. The AGD’s Refer Colleague program recognizes and rewards members for their recruitment efforts through out the year. Recruit the most new members and you could win prizes from gift baskets to concert tickets. Have someone in mind? Fill out the AGD Referral Form and fax or mail it to AGD, and we’ll contact your colleagues for you! Or send your colleague’s information to membership@agd.org. For more information about the AGD membership or the Refer a Colleague program, contact the Membership Services Center at 888.AGD.DENT (243.3368) or membership@agd.org.

AGD and the Dental Team The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is not just for general dentists! Dental team members are an essential and valued part of the general dentistry community, and we invite them to be a part of the AGD team! What do does the dental team receive with AGD membership? As an affiliate member, they would be granted access to the following AGD benefits: • Free online courses, cutting edge patient information, and valuable online services at www.agd.org. • Case studies, best practices, success from your colleagues—information from AGD publications like AGD Impact and General Dentistry.

• Networking within the AGD Career Center. • Opportunities to interact with peers through AGD Web forums. • A dedicated dental team track at the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits. • Money-saving opportunities on office products and services, education finance solutions, car rentals, and insurance through AGD Benefits Plus programs. Why become a member of the AGD? You should become a member because: • The AGD is the only organization dedicated to advancing the value and excellence of general dentistry. • Issues of general dentistry and patient care are important to you! The AGD not only advocates on behalf of the general dentist, we work with other professional organizations for the good of the overall general dentistry community. • The AGD is an accessible, member focused organization that exists to help members answer questions and find solutions.

MasterTrack

We are warming up some outstanding speakers for our 2013-2014 Handson MasterTrack year!! Do not forget to reserve your spot today!! Join us for this Hands-On MasterTrack program!! Here are a few of the Premier Speaker that will be joining us for 2013-2014: Dr. Karl Koerner Atraumatic and Efficient Exodontia: New Concepts and Technology in Oral Surgery, PARTICIPATION COURSE IN LASER DENTISTRY - A STANDARD PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATION COURSE with Dr. Robert Convissar and much, much more!!

Open to all dentists, AGD member or not who seek a comprehensive hands-on post graduate continuing education program-600 hours of AGD PACE approved Participation & Lecture Credits The Washington AGD is offering a program that showcases courses in at least 16 different disciplines. This program will give each participant over 5 years, 600 hours (with protocol) of PACE approved continuing dental education credits, of which 400 hours are participation hours. *For those dentists seeking a well balanced hands-on interdisciplinary education, this study club program will answer that call! *For those dentists seeking Fellowship in the AGD, This program contains all of the requirements to reach this goal. *For those seeking Mastership in the AGD, this program over 5 years contains all of the requirements to achieve Mastership.

Speaker Line Up for 2013-2014 September 19-22, 2013 James Moquin-Oral Med/Diagnosis Dr. Karl Koerner-Oral Surgery Dr. Karl Koerner-Bone Grafting Oral Surgery

Masters Case Presentation November 14-17, 2013 Dr. Henry Gremillion-Occlusion Dr. Loubna Pla-Endodontics Dr. Marc Cooper-Practice Management

Masters Case Presentation January 23-26, 2014 Dr. Mark Malterud-Ozone Dentistry Dr. Robert Convissar-Esthetic Lasers in Periodontics Dr. Robert Convissar-Operative Lasers in Restorative

Masters Case Presentation April 24-27, 2014 Dr. Gene McCoy-Occlusion Dr. Greg Psaltis-Pedio Dr. Binh Tran-Orthodontics Masters Case Presentations

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AGD Washington Briefing August 26, 2013 President Obama Proposes New College-Rating System to Increase Affordability On Aug. 22, 2013, President Obama unveiled a plan that aims to make college education more affordable by launching new college ratings and allocating federal financial aid based on those results. More specifically, the plan would create a rating system beginning in 2015 that would evaluate colleges on tuition, the percentage of low-income students, graduation rates and debt of graduates. The administration hopes that the ratings would be tied to financial aid starting in 2018, giving colleges three years to make improvements. President Obama intends to create the rating system through executive action; however, the plan to reallocate federal aid based on the ratings would still require congressional approval. According to the College Board, a notfor-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education, the average tuition at public four-year colleges has increased by more than 250 percent over the past three decades, while incomes for average families grew by only 16 percent. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., responded to President Obama’s proposal by saying: “While I am pleased the president’s new plan recognizes the importance of promoting innovation and competition in higher education, I remain concerned that imposing an arbitrary college ranking system could curtail the very innovation we hope to encourage – and even lead to federal price controls. As always, the devil is in the details,

and I look forward to examining the president’s proposal further as part of the committee’s ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and help improve college affordability and access.” Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD has been very active in educating lawmakers on the importance of keeping educational costs down and will continue to press Congress and the White House for a long term solution that keeps education costs manageable for dental students. Bill to Modernize Budget Scoring of Health Prevention Savings Introduced On July 11, 2013, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, introduced H.R. 2663, the Preventive Health Savings Act, legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze scientific medical data to provide information on the savings of preventive health initiatives beyond the 10 year scoring window. Proponents of the legislation argue that the ability for Congress to enact meaningful prevention policies is hampered by how legislation is currently scored by CBO. CBO reports budgetary implications in 10 year timeframes and is unable to recognize savings from those initiatives in budgetary out-years. This practice, proponents insist, denies Congress a complete picture. To this end, Rep. Burgess states that, “Chronic diseases account for over 70 percent of all health care spending, and this legislation will help bend the cost curve and provide long-term costs savings. Allowing the CBO to project past the 10 year scoring window will provide a more accurate projection for programs with children and other populations or diseases with longer development periods.” Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.

Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD’s Legislative and Government Affairs Council will review this legislation to determine if it is possible to include opportunities for oral health prevention savings within this legislation. CMS Presents Fifth Webinar in Learning Lab Series The Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a series of webinars to support states and their collaborative partners in their efforts to improve access to dental services for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. The fifth webinar in the series, “Dental Sealants: An Effective State Strategy to Prevent Dental Carries in Children,” will be held on Sept. 19, 2013. The webinar will focus on the following learning objectives: • Understand the importance of dental sealants in the CMS Oral Health Initiative • Gain knowledge of the science of dental sealants and the evidence for recommending placement • Understand the rationale for Medicaid policies that support dental sealants on primary and permanent teeth • Understand the savings states can realize in supporting dental sealant policies. For more information about the CMS Oral Health Initiative and the CMS Learning Lab webinars, click here. Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD will continue to update members on upcoming webinars and CMS’ efforts to implement the goals of its Oral Health Initiative.

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Please join us Saturday, September 14, 2013 for the 2nd Annual Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness of Seattle at Magnuson Park The Washington AGD is our proud partner for this year’s event!

Registration is now open!!! Registration is $25 if you pre-register online - $30 day of event $10 for Children 6 to 10; Children 5 and under are FREE Oral Cancer Survivors and patients are FREE! Start your own fundraising page or create a team! The person who raises the most money on their personal fundraising page over $2,000 will win an iPad3! For more information or to register, please visit: http://donate.oralcancer.org/event/seattle2013

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