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THE JOURNAL

of the Philadelphia County Dental Society ________________________________________________________________________________

First District of the Pennsylvania Dental Association January/February/March 2014 x Vol. 80 x No. 1 ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Saul N. Miller, D.D.S., '14 Editor

CONTENTS

Stanley B. Toplan, D.D.S. Associate Editor

PCDS Office Hours Are Changing .................................................... 2

Teresa F. Ravert Executive Director

OFFICERS

Kevin J. Klatte, D.M.D. President Andrew J. Mramor, D.D.S. President-Elect Judith A McFadden, D.M.D. Secretary A J. Chialastri, D.D.S. Secretary Emeritus Rochelle B. Lindemeyer, D.M.D. Treasurer Stanley B. Toplan, D.D.S. Historian

GOVERNORS

Peter J. Carroll, D.D.S., '14 Susan M. Chialastri, D.M.D., '15 Renee Fennell Dempsey, D.M.D., '14 T.J. Filip, D.M.D., '16 Jay M. Goldberg, D.D.S., '14 Chinchai Hsaio, D.M.D., '15 Michael A. Koumaras, D.M.D., '16 Stanley W. Markiewicz, D.M.D., '14 Thomas P. Nordone, D.M.D, '16 Mary M. “Toni” Rust., D.D.S., '15

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Anand V. Rao, D.M.D., '17 PDA Trustee

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EXECUTIVE OFFICES:

One Independence Place 241 South 6th Street, Unit #C3101 Philadelphia, PA 19106-3797 215-925-6050 FAX: 215-925-6998 E-mail: philcodent@aol.com WEB: www.philcodent.org Member Publication

Bylaws Revisions Approved .............................................................. 2 MOM-N-PA 2014 ............................................................................... 2 President’s Message ........................................................................... 3 Election Results ................................................................................... 5 CE Transcripts Mailed .......................................................................... 5 Legislative Update .............................................................................. 6 DOH Reviews Mandatory Information Sheet ..................................... 6 PCDS Letter to Mayor Nutter ............................................................. 7 2014 Liberty CE Programs ................................................................. 8 Membership Report .......................................................................... 13 PDA Day on the Hill .......................................................................... 13 President’s Project: New Dentists Workshop .................................. 14 Newsbriefs ........................................................................................ 16 Volunteer for Pennsylvania Donated Dental Services .......................... 19 Dental Dates ....................................................................................... 21 Classified Ads ................................................................................... 25 ADA Offers Information on Affordable Care Act ...........................27 Workplace Tips .................................................................................28

The JOURNAL is published by the Philadelphia County Dental Society, One Independence Place, 241 South 6th Street, Unit #C3101, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3797. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author under whose name they appear and are not to be regarded as representing the views of the Philadelphia County Dental Society unless so indicated. All advertising materials and correspondence, including classified advertisements and replies should be sent to: JOURNAL of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, One Independence Place, 241 South 6th Street, Unit #C3101, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3797. The Philadelphia County Dental Society does not approve or disapprove any products or services advertised in the JOURNAL. Articles for publication may be sent directly to the Editor electronically via e-mail to philcodent@aol.com Articles and classified advertisements should be submitted as Word documents; all other advertising should be submitted in .pdf format (Adobe 6.0 or higher). Contact the Society via telephone or e-mail if you require additional information. Deadline for copy is the first of the month PRECEDING the month of issue. Subscription is included in the annual dues. The JOURNAL is published electronically 4 times a year, January through December. Single printed copies: $4.00. Standard postage paid at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Copyright 2014. The Philadelphia County Dental Society.


PCDS Office Hours have changed As of January 1, 2014 office hours have changed at the Philadelphia County Dental Society Executive Offices. The office will be open on Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be closed on Friday. The Board of Governors assures our members that the efficiency of our operations will be maintained with the incorporation of this schedule change. Members are encouraged to continue to communicate with our staff via e-mail at philcodent@aol.com at any time.

Bylaws Revisions Approved The revisions to the Bylaws of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, as approved by the Board of Governors and published in the October/November/December 2013 issue of The Journal, were approved at the Annual Business Meeting held on November 19. You may view the document online at www.philcodent.org Those who have no Internet access may call the Society at 215-925-6050 and request to have a copy mailed to you.

MISSION OF MERCY – PENNSYLVANIA YOU CAN HELP . . . Friday & Saturday - September 12 & 13 Allentown MOM-n-PA Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit foundation with the sole purpose of conducting an annual Mission of Mercy two-day event providing free dental care to the indigent in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s first MOM-n-PA May 31 and June 1, 2013 in Philadelphia was a great success — more than 900 members of the dental community donated free care to approximately 1800 individuals. The next MOM-n-PA is scheduled for Allentown. Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, EFDAs, dental assistants and dental students, as well as EFDA, hygiene and assisting students, are needed to provide the professional care. Volunteer lay members of the community will provide logistical support. There will be volunteer translators for various ethnic groups. Here’s how you can help — make a donation to MOM-n-PA and/or volunteer your services (staff are welcome, too) for one or both days of the event. For more information, visit online at

www.mom-n-pa.com

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President’s Message Kevin J. Klatte, D.M.D.

As required by the Bylaws, Dr. Klatte presented the following end of year report at the Society’s Annual Business Meeting on November 19, 2013.

As we come to the close of the 2013 year, I want to let you know how proud I am to work with you and serve as President of the Philadelphia County Dental Society. The wholehearted support of the Board of Governors this year has been a great inspiration to me. As the year began, I spoke about the diminished commitment by our young colleagues to support our associations through active membership. There were 173,745 ADA members in 2011 (Pennsylvania: 5,431; Philadelphia, 564). In addition, the national population of active members is aging, with nearly 13,000 active life (age 65 and over) and more than 23,000 retired members. Between 2,700 and 2,900 “baby boomers” are projected to increase those numbers between now and 2016. The skew in these numbers has forced our associations at all levels to look at the bottom line and to institute dues levels for active life members. Even here in Philadelphia, we have had to make the decision to institute an active life member dues rate for 2014. So, we need to have young dentists join the ranks, maintain membership over their careers and step into leadership roles at the local, state and national levels if we want our tripartite associations to continue to remain as the standard bearers for the profession. We continue to strive to increase membership — it is THE future of our associations. I ask all members to connect with a nonmember colleague and encourage that doctor to join us as we work for the profession on the national, state and local levels. Membership — it’s just the right thing to do. The PDA Annual Session last April ended with a commitment by the House of Delegates to accept a vast alteration in the administrative footprint of the Association. The Bylaws Committee was given the task of revising the Bylaws to include the intended changes. Our trustee, Dr. Anand V. Rao, serves on that Committee. In addition, Dr. Peter Korch, speaker of the HOD, requested input on the proposed Bylaws from a Committee composed of representatives from each of the current ten PDA districts. Dr. Peter J. Carroll accepted an appointment to that body. Subsequently, Dr. Korch reached out to all of the District presidents for input on the changes. Hopefully, each delegation will be able to review and discuss the proposals well in advance of next April’s Annual Session. I hope that a forward-

looking document will provide the roadmap for a successful future for the PDA. One of the most edifying professional events I can remember was the MOM-n-PA held on May 31 and June 1, 2013 at the Liacouras Center at Temple University. It was overwhelming to see so many members of the dental community (more than 900) come together on those days to provide free dental care to approximately 1800 individuals. This certainly was a monumental and successful achievement thanks to the cooperative efforts of dentists, spouses, staff members, laboratories, dental supply companies and the community at large. Kudos to the MOM-n-PA Board, chaired by Dr. Gary S. Davis of Shippensburg, and including, among others, the following members of the First District: Doctors Peter J. Carroll, Thomas W. Gamba, Amid Ismail and Renee Fennell-Dempsey. You are probably aware that the MOM committee chairs met several times here in our Executive Office in preparation for the event (the Board room was filled beyond capacity at those meetings), and so many people worked tirelessly to bring together all of the elements that ultimately produced a successful event. Thanks and well done to all of our PCDS members and their staff who participated on those days or who donated supplies and/or money. The first Pennsylvania MOM was a testament to your kindness, professionalism and community spirit. I hope those who participated, and many more, will volunteer for the next MOM-n-PA on September 12 and 13 in Allentown (visit the web site mom-n-pa.com for more information.) In June 2013, Doctors Sylvan Morein, Andrew J. Mramor and I were among more than one hundred dentists, spouses and dental students from across the Commonwealth who had the privilege of participating in the PDA Day on the Hill. We met with legislators to discuss SB 520 — the Assignment of Benefits bill and SB 290 and HB 1446 — advocating the reinstatement of funding for the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program (which was successfully reinstated). This is such a worthwhile annual event. I heartily encourage all of the officers and governors, as well as our members, to set aside just this one day to join us in Harrisburg. 2014’s date is Tuesday, June 3 — please mark your calendar and join us on the free bus ride to Harrisburg. Not only is this a pleasant day, it shows the face of dentistry to our legislators and demonstrates to them our commitment to the vital importance of oral health as part of overall health care in Pennsylvania. (continued on page 4)

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President’s Message (cont’d.) Our Mentoring Committee has received numerous requests from current dental students and predental students to shadow dentists in Philadelphia. I met with my co-chair, Dr. David A. Tecosky, and with Dr. Jacqueline Fillinger, our representative on the PDA Membership Committee, and we discussed a strategy for matching pre-dental students with our members. All of the students who contacted us have expressed a strong sense of commitment to the profession and are eager to observe the daily routine of a dental office. I encourage each member to volunteer to welcome one of these young people into your practice for a day and, perhaps, begin a collegial relationship that may last into the future. Contact me or Ms. Ravert at philcodent@aol.com and we will put you in touch with a student. This is a tremendous opportunity for each of us to share a one-on-one educational experience — Be a Mentor — It’s a Good Thing. On September 28, 2013 we had an exceptional presentation for new dentists on strategies for debt management and financial planning. This was my President’s Project and was aimed at helping new dentists in their approach to entering the “real world” after their dental education and how to meet their debt obligations, live a comfortable lifestyle and initiate a plan for future financial security. Recent graduates have told us that they have been disheartened about managing these obligations in a prudent and commonsense manner. Mr. Lewis Frost, of Adviser Investments in Boston, MA, and our Secretary, Dr. Judith A. McFadden, were the principal speakers, and they received rave reviews for the helpful information they shared with the new dentists. The program was held at the Chart House Restaurant. We were especially grateful to receive financial support from Aspen Dental, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, PDAIS, Care Credit and The Insurance Agency for Dentists. The feedback we received, both orally and from the evaluation forms, told us that this was a worthwhile enough event to warrant another presentation. I testified before City Council on March 5, 2013 at the public hearing about Bill 130004: Promoting Healthy Families & Workplaces, which sought to require all businesses with 11 or more workers to allow employees to earn up to seven sick days a year and companies with 10 or fewer workers to offer four sick days. The Bill was passed by Council, but was vetoed by the Mayor; but we are expecting it to be reintroduced sometime in the 2014 legislative session. In June, I attended the dinner for Einstein Hospital Einstein Hospital postgraduate students, as well as the PDA Student Event on September 12. I was de-

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lighted to attend our CE programs and meet our members and listen to their comments. PCDS has been vigilant on the issue of the reevaluation of the Amalgam Information Sheet by the Board of Health. Late in 2012, Dr. Thomas W. Gamba reached out to the ADA, which provided updated scientific material. Dr. David A. Tecosky attended a hearing for interested parties on this issue in April of 2013. On another topic, we are aware that Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Board of Health (BOH), Dr. David Schwarz, a pediatrician, has concerns about BPA’s in composite restorations as reported in a recent study that showed behavioral changes in children with composites, and we are actively monitoring the BOH’s activities on this issue because it seems likely that any update of the Information Sheet might be expanded to include information about composites (see page 6 for an update). Also, we were active in trying to oppose City Council Bill 130770, sponsored by Councilmen Brian O’Neill and Bobby Henon, which amends the City Zoning Code to prohibit some future medical, dental and health care practices in Northeast Philadelphia without an approved zoning variance. The Board agreed to engage lobbyist, Mr. John Hawkins, of the S.R. Wojdak firm to assist us in trying to curtail this bill. (see page 6 for an update). Proposed changes in the Society’s Bylaws will be voted on at tonight’s meeting, which basically will allow the president and president-elect to serve terms of two years each. I hope this measure will enhance the continuity of leadership ability within the Society. Working with our Board members and staff has been a wonderful experience for me. Of course, from my years as a member of the Board and as Treasurer, I certainly have been aware of the camaraderie that exists in this group. In my position as President, I experienced an even greater appreciation for the way in which we work together collegially on behalf of our members. The support I have received from everyone is much appreciated. As I told the attendees at the New Dentists Workshop in September, our investment as a member of the American Dental Association and its state and local associations provides rewards that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Membership empowers us to speak for dentistry and opens a symbiotic relationship between colleagues and the associations. This is a formula for the success of our profession: membership equals empowerment and a strong voice for dentistry. I thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of that voice. ™


Election Results

Elections were held at the Philadelphia County Dental Society’s Annual Business Meeting on November 19, 2013. Terms of office began January 1, 2014. Secretary:

Judith A. McFadden, D.M.D.

Treasurer:

Rochelle G. Lindemeyer, D.M.D.

Historian:

Stanley B. Toplan, D.D.S.

Board of Governors:

T.J. Filip, D.M.D.. Michael A. Koumaras, D.M.D. Thomas P. Nordone, D.M.D.

In accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws, the following shall be Delegates by reason of office: President, President-Elect, and PDA Trustee. Additional Delegates shall be appointed as follows: Governors in their third year of service, in alphabetical order, then Governors in their second year of service, in alphabetical order, so that the number of Delegates shall be up to the number determined by the PDA. Accordingly, the following will automatically serve as Delegates to the 2014 Pennsylvania Dental Association Annual Session: Dr. Kevin J. Klatte Dr. Andrew J. Mramor Dr. Anand V. Rao

Dr. Peter J. Carroll Dr. Renee Fennell-Dempsey Dr. Stanley W. Markiewicz

Dr. Susan M. Chialastri Dr. Chinchai Hsiao Dr. Mary M. “Toni” Rust

In accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws, the following shall be Alternate Delegates by reason of office: Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, Immediate Past President. Accordingly, the following will automatically serve as Alternate Delegates to the 2014 Pennsylvania Dental Association Annual Session. Dr. Judith A. McFadden Dr. Rochelle G. Lindemeyer

Dr. Saul N. Miller Dr. Jay M. Goldberg

The following were elected at the Annual Business Meeting to serve as Alternate Delegates to the 2014 Pennsylvania Dental Association Annual Session: Dr. T.J. Filip Dr. Thomas W. Gamba Dr. Michael A. Koumaras

Dr. Thomas A. Nordone Dr. David A. Tecosky

CE Transcripts Mailed

Teresa F. Ravert, Executive Director CE transcripts for all courses provided by the Philadelphia County Dental Society in the calendar year 2013 were mailed in December 2013. Be certain to keep these documents in a safe place. For those who hold Pennsylvania licenses, your next renewal date is March 31, 2015. Dentists are required to have 30 hours of continuing education; hygienists, 20 hours, and expanded function dental assistants, 10 hours. You will need to be able to verify that you have met the requirements between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2015 plus current CPR certification. (CPR recertification is available on Wednesday afternoon, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. See page12 to register.) The State Board of Dentistry may not ask you to list specific courses on your 2015 renewal application, but, typically, it performs a random follow-up to as many as forty percent of the dentists statewide, asking them to provide verification of their CE credits. Remember, too, that the required credit hours must be for courses in subjects which contribute directly to the maintenance of clinical competence of a dentist, dental hygienist or expanded function dental assistant.

Pennsylvania does not accept credit for courses in billing, office management, practice building, insurance reimbursement or communication skills. For your information, keep in mind that, in July of 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notified licensed dentists that they and their staff members who are involved with X-ray procedures must include radiology safety, biological effects of radiation, quality assurance and quality control as part of their continuing education curriculum. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recommends that individuals obtain two contact hours, or four hours of continuing education every four years. “Contact hours” are defined by DEP as those obtained in a traditional classroom setting. Each office will need to maintain a record of their Radiation Safety CE. When DEP inspectors come to your office to inspect your X-ray machines, they may ask to see these records. Any person who chooses not to be compliant with the radiology continuing education requirements may be subject to civil and criminal penalties listed within the Act. ™

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Legislative Update On Thursday, November 21, 2013 Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed Bill No. 130770, which creates additional zoning barriers for new and expanding medical, dental and other health care practices in Northeast Philadelphia. The Philadelphia County Dental Society took the unprecedented action of engaging Mr. John Hawkins, of the lobbying firm of S.R. Wojdak, to represent our concerns and issues with this legislation. Mr. Hawkins also represented the Philadelphia County Medical Society on this issue as well. The Society engaged Mr. Hawkins early in November when it became apparent that the bill would move through Council quickly. On the day before the vote, the Society faxed a letter to each Council member, and PCDS President Kevin Klatte sent a Legislative Alert to Society members encouraging them to contact their Council representatives. On the day of the vote, Mr. Hawkins was present at City Hall still trying to request a delay in passage. Despite testimony from both Societies opposing the bill and some well-placed articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Council passed the bill. Prior to passage, Mr. Hawkins sought to establish a meeting with the bill’s sponsors, Councilmen O’Neill and Henon; however, Councilman O’Neill turned down our request, and Councilman Henon would only agree to meet if Mr. O’Neill would agree. Dr. Anand V. Rao testified on behalf of the Society before the City Council Rules Committee on November 12, 2013, saying that, “Dentistry has been called one of the last ‘cottage industries’ in the country. The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker have all disappeared from the neighborhood, but dentists are still there. Patients want not just a local, but a neighborhood dentist. Unlike medicine where a yearly checkup is the norm, the entire family needs to see the dentist at least twice a year, and if there are further needs, the number of trips to the office increases. Many of our patients walk to our offices, in fact.” He concluded the testimony by stating that, “This proposed zoning overlay will result in fewer dentists in Northeast Philadelphia and a decrease in the oral health of those residents. The new zoning code already makes it very difficult to open a new dental practice in residential neighborhoods, and this legislation would add Northeast commercial and industrial districts as well. The bottom line is that it will be the patients and their families who will suffer as there will inevitably be a shortage of dentists in areas of the city which inhibit dental office development.” Mr. Hawkins observed to us that other Council members have expressed interest in including their districts in similar legislation — so this bill ultimately could affect more areas of the city. Even though we were not successful in stopping this bill, President Klatte sent a letter to Mayor Michael A. Nutter on November 27, 2013 asking him to

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veto the bill (the letter appears on page 7 of this Journal.) On December 4, the Mayor did indeed veto the bill. However, City Council had enough votes to override the veto (only Councilman Green voted against overriding the veto), and it is now a law. An update from Mr. Hawkins noted that Councilman Squilla introduced a similar bill, with the same language but including his district, which is eastern south Philly, eastern center city, and the river wards. Two other members (Councilwomen Tasco and Sanchez) are looking at similar bills, but want to make sure they don’t hurt “positive medical facilities.” To read Bill 130770 visit http://phila.legistar.com/Legislation.aspx/Help2.html (in the Search box type 130770, when that page appears, click on the highlighted 130770 to download and read the bill). ™

Department of Health Reviews Mandatory Information Sheet

On December 12, 2013 Philadelphia’s Department of Health (DOH) held public hearings regarding proposed changes in the mandatory Amalgam Information Sheet. You will recall that in 2009, City Council passed legislation requiring that Philadelphia dentists must present an Information Sheet to patients who are considering amalgam restorations, have the patients sign the sheet, sign the sheet themselves and keep it in the patient’s record. The development of both the legislation and the Information Sheet itself was chronicled extensively in this publication from 2006 until 2009. In January of 2010, the DOH reviewed the Sheet, and, again the forces of the local, statewide and national associations mobilized immediately to devise a strategy about how to minimize the negative effects of the Information Sheet or to possibly eliminate the requirement altogether. In April of 2013, DOH held an informational meeting, which was attended by PCDS Past President David A. Tecosky and PDA Past President Bernie Dishler. Dr. David F. Schwarz, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Health, emphasized the DOH’s obligation to protect the public by ensuring they are properly informed., and he stated it was incumbent upon dentists to be aware of the current scientific literature and to inform by informed consent the benefits and risks of all materials (amalgam and resin and others). At the December hearing, Dr. Renee Fennell Dempsey presented testimony on behalf of the Society. The new proposed Information Sheet contained information to be shared with patients about composite fillings as well as amalgam restorations. (Editor’s Note: See page 16 — U.S. Signs Treaty on Mercury.) ™


PHILADELPHIA COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY (FIRST DISTRICT OF THE PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION)

Executive Office: ONE INDEPENDENCE PLACE y 241 SOUTH 6

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STREET y UNIT #C 3101y PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-3797

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November 27, 2013 The Honorable Michael Nutter Mayor, City of Philadelphia 215 City Hall Philadelphia, PA 19107 Via USPS and e-mail: michael.nutter@phila.gov Dear Mayor Nutter: As President of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, a professional association of dentists in the City of Philadelphia, I write to ask you to veto Bill 130770. Last Thursday, City Council passed this legislation which creates an additional barrier for new and expanding dental practices in Northeast Philadelphia. The legislation will now make it more difficult and expensive for solo practitioners and small dental practices to build or expand in Northeast Philadelphia. There are currently fewer than a hundred dentists in Northeast Philadelphia, one of the few areas in the City seeing population growth. Because residents want their dentists to be nearby or they often won’t go at all, it is important that there be fewer barriers to new or expanding dental offices to ensure that dentists can follow the population shifts. New dentists who are making a decision about where to practice will not become entangled in the time and expense of seeking zoning variances when they can go into the more affluent suburbs to start a practice. Dental emergencies are filling our city’s already strained emergency rooms and health clinics. Philadelphia must do more to attract and retain dentists to its neighborhoods to help break down the barriers to care that drive people to these emergency rooms. The inability to surmount the barriers to oral health care can result in delayed diagnosis, untreated oral diseases and conditions, compromised overall health status and, occasionally, even death. Philadelphia’s dentists have long been committed to serving the best interests and providing the best care for our citizens. For instance, in 1954, members of the Philadelphia County Dental Society worked with City officials to introduce fluoridation into the City’s water supply. This resulted in a 65% decrease in dental decay in children and a more than 30% decrease in dental decay in adults – an enviable achievement in advancing the cause of oral health. On behalf of the members of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, I ask that you help us continue to work for optimum oral health by vetoing Bill 130770 until all of the ramifications are identified and disclosed to the affected community. Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact me on my cell phone at 215-870-1620. Sincerely,

Kevin J. Klatte, D.M.D. President

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The Philadelphia County Dental Society presents

The 2014 Liberty Continuing Education Series at the Philadelphia Hilton City Avenue Hotel 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

FOUR programs are scheduled at the SPECIAL MEMBER TUITION OF $480.00 (individual courses, $175.00/PCDS Member Dentist) Programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise stated). Continuing education credits awarded; hours will be deducted for those who arrive late and/or leave prior to conclusion. Course descriptions available by fax (215-925-6998) or e-mail: philcodent@aol.com In recognition of the need for quality continuing education, and in an effort to make such programs attractive and accessible to members, the Philadelphia County Dental Society proudly presents this package as a MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT. Every effort is made to bring you outstanding programs at minimal cost to you. Information and materials presented by clinicians are intended for your personal evaluation and are not necessarily endorsed by the Philadelphia County Dental Society. The Society does not express or imply that individual courses will be accepted for various state mandatory continuing education requirements. The individual license holder must consult the regulations pertaining to your state/s.

NO REFUNDS on courses purchased as part of the CE package. Each program includes lunch and FREE parking validation. At the end of each calendar year, we provide you with a yearly transcript of all courses you attended through PCDS. NOT a PCDS Member?? ADA members may become Associate Members of the Society. Dues are $157 for the calendar year (no pro-rating). Contact the PCDS Executive Office (215-925-6050) for an application (or become a member through our web site: www.philcodent.org), and then register for courses at the LOW member rate. NOT an ADA Member?? Contact us about the Liberty Enrollment Program that will enable you to register for courses at the LOW member rate.

œœœœœœœœ MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW & REGISTER FOR THESE OUTSTANDING CLINICIANS:

CE 71 – Wednesday – March 19, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Dr. Lynne Brock — “Endodontics” presented in cooperation with Real World Endo

1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Mr. Jim Spaulding — “OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, AEDs and Medical Emergencies” (Plus: 4:00 p.m. — CPR Recertification — additional fee required)

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CE 73 – Friday – May 16, 2014 Dr. Thomas E. Dudney — “Diagnosing &Treating Worn Dentition” and “Restorative Options for Today’s Practice” presented in cooperation with The Catapult Elite Group

CE 74 – Wednesday – September 17, 2014 Dr. Nicholas R. Conte, Jr. — “Clinical & Material Factors in Achieving the Ideal Impression” presented in cooperation with Dentsply

CE 75 – Friday – November 7, 2014 Dr. Sam Halabo — “Achieving Superb Results: Cementation, Bonding and Bulk Fill Composites” presented in cooperation with The Catapult Elite Group Visit our web site at www.philcodent.org for a list of our principal sponsors and participating partners

œœœœœœœœ The Philadelphia County Dental Society has been granted approval as an ADA CERP recognized provider as a component member of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org.cerp. The Philadelphia County Dental Society has been designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2012 to 12/31/2015. Provider ID: 212415.

For continuing education credit, as designated by the Philadelphia County Dental Society, see Course Descriptions.

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Course Synopses

For full course descriptions – visit www.philcodent.org CE 71 – Wednesday – March 19, 2014

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Dr. Lynne Brock. New Horizons in Endodontics – This program will describe in detail numerous facets of clinical endodontic care utilizing a Case Based Learning Approach. Premolar and molar endodontic cases will be discussed. The principal scientific concepts for successful endodontics are presented with an emphasis on new technologies and techniques. Basic and advanced methodology will focus on efficiency through the utilization of the latest EndoSequence® rotary instruments and bioceramic obturation materials. This is a must see presentation for those practitioners committed to clinical efficiency without sacrificing quality care for their patients. presented in cooperation with RealWorld Endo 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. – Mr. Jim Spaulding Medical Emergencies will review how to assess and manage the most common medical emergencies that occur in the dental office, including: syncope, hyper-ventilation, asthma, seizures, chest pain, cardiac arrest, stroke, diabetic conditions, respiratory incidents and allergic reaction. Discussions will include how to handle medical emergencies working as a team, essential emergency medicine, medications and equipment to have on hand. OSHA and Bloodborne Pathogens will include information that will help the dental team understand what bloodborne pathogens are and how you can reduce your risk as well as reduce the risk of others to an exposure. There is an introduction to precautionary practices that are recommended by organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This program meets the requirement set forth by the OSHA Standard for Bloodborne Pathogens. The presentation is focused on handling bloodborne pathogen issues within the dental practice. There will be a discussion of the benefits of Automated External Defibrillators and the growing trend for including these in your office. (7 CE credits total for both sessions) 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Cardiac Care & Safety – “CPR Recertification.” Be sure that your CPR certification is current. This program is not included as part of the CE package – a separate fee must be paid. [NO ADMITTANCE (& NO REFUND) FOR THOSE WHO ARRIVE AFTER 4:00 – YOU MUST BE PRESENT FROM 4:00 UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROGRAM TO RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATION] (2 CE credits – N.B.: PA does not count CPR CE credits as part of the mandated number of CE credit hours.)

œœœœ CE 73 – Friday, May 16, 2014 – DIAGNOSING & TREATING WORN DENTITION (a.m. Session); RESTORATIVE OPTIONS FOR TODAY’S PRACTICE (p.m. Session)

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Thomas E. Dudney. Diagnosing and Treating the Worn Dentition – Course Objectives: Identify types of tooth wear. Etiologies of tooth wear. Distinguishing characteristics of tooth wear. When and how to treat tooth wear. What are the treatment options for the worn dentition? Clinical cases to illustrate the treatment of tooth wear. Restorative Options for Today’s Practice – Course Objectives: Factors affecting material selection. Characteristics of an ideal restorative material. Feldspathic and pressed ceramics. Cad-cam technology and zirconia restorations. Combining function and aesthetics with lithium disilicate ceramics. Anterior and posterior all ceramic bridges. (7 CE credits) presented in cooperation with The Catapult Elite Group

œœœœ CE 74 – Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – CLINICAL & MATERIAL FACTORS IN ACHIEVING THE IDEAL IMPRESSION

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Nicholas R. Conte, Jr. – Course Objectives: Understand the key material and technique factors involved in achieving an ideal impression. Learn about techniques available for soft tissue retraction and hemostasis. Understand the factors involved in tray and impression material selection. Review clinical techniques to reduce impression retakes, crown remakes and increase overall office efficiency. (7 CE credits) presented in cooperation with Dentsply

œœœœ CE 75– Friday, November 7, 2014 – ACHIEVING SUPERB RESULTS: CEMENTATION, BONDING AND BULK FILL COMPOSITES

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Sam Halabo. This presentation will show evidence-based data, case presentations and methods of treating all cementation procedures. Make your cementation process simple and predictable and enjoy great outcomes. Bulk fill composites, though ideal in concept, have left much to be desired clinically. New technology has emerged to close the gap between early materials and the new generation of products today. This course will provide you with methods and materials to get incredible results when using bulk fill composites. (7 CE credits) presented in cooperation with The Catapult Elite Group 10

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Use a SEPARATE reservation form for each person - this form may be duplicated. Or register online at our Web Site: www.philcodent.org

RESERVATION FORM / 2014 LIBERTY CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS PCDS MEMBER NAME _________________________________________________________________ ADA # ______________________ TEL # (_____)________________ FAX # (_____)_______________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________________________ CITY/STATE/ZIP__________________________________E-MAIL _____________________________ NAME _______________________________________________________ will attend as follows: Be certain to indicate the CODE NUMBER for each course you choose [i.e., CE 71]. __ PCDS Member for one program: #____

$175.00

__ PCDS Member for all 4 programs: # ____ (Be certain to choose carefully – substitution IS NOT permitted)

$480.00

__ ADA Member Dentist, for EACH program: # ____ (Include a copy of your current ADA membership card)

$250.00

__ Non-Member Dentist, for EACH program: # ____

$300.00

__ Graduate Student/Resident for one program: # ____ (Include a copy of your current ADA membership card)

$ 95.00

__ Staff employed by PCDS Member for EACH program: #____

$ 95.00

__ Staff employed by Non-Member, for EACH program: #____

$125.00

PAYMENT ENCLOSED IN THE AMOUNT OF ………………………………………… $______ Method of Payment: Card # _

ˆ Check

ˆ Visa

___ ____ ____ ____

ˆ MasterCard

ˆ American Express

Exp. Date _

_/__

Signature (required for charge cards): ______________________________________ Mail to PHILADELPHIA COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY One Independence Place – 241 South 6th Street – Unit #C3101 - Philadelphia, PA 19106-3797 TELEPHONE: 215-925-6050 FAX: 215-925-6998

Confirmation & Tickets will be mailed to you approximately 10 days prior to each course. CE transcripts will be mailed each year in December. Each attendee is responsible for forwarding copies to the appropriate licensing or accrediting agencies (State Board, AGD, Specialty Boards, etc.).

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PHILADELPHIA COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY CPR § WEDNESDAY – MARCH 19, 2014 Adult/Child/Infant CPR Recertification provided by Cardiac Care & Safety The Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue Hotel, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 4:00 TO 6:00 P.M. CHECK YOUR CURRENT RECERTIFICATION CARD FOR THE EXPIRATION DATE. Tuition: $55.00/person. Attendance limited to 75 persons. FREE VALET or SELF-PARKING VALIDATION INCLUDED

CPR RECERTIFICATION RESERVATION FORM § MARCH 19, 2014 Use a SEPARATE reservation form for each person — this form may be duplicated. PCDS MEMBER NAME ______________________________ ADA # _____________ ADDRESS _______________________________________________________________ CITY/STATE/ZIP_________________________________________________________ TEL # (_____)_______________________

FAX # (_____)_____________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS _______________________________________________________ ATTENDEE'S NAME _____________________________________________________ NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER MARCH 12, 2014

[NB: NO ADMITTANCE – AND NO REFUND – FOR THOSE WHO ARRIVE AFTER 4:00 P.M. YOU MUST BE PRESENT FROM 4:00 UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROGRAM TO RECEIVE YOUR RECERTIFICATION]

PAYMENT ENCLOSED ($55.00/person) IN THE AMOUNT OF …………… $________

Method of Payment: … Check … Visa … MasterCard Card # _

___ ____ ____ ____

… Discover … American Express Exp. Date _

_/__

Signature (required for charge cards): ______________________________________

Send to PHILADELPHIA COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY

One Independence Place – 241 South 6th Street – Unit #C3101 - Philadelphia, PA 19106-3797 TELEPHONE: 215-925-6050 FAX: 215-925-6998 Register online at www.philcodent.org

Confirmation & Tickets will be mailed to you on or about March 12, 2014. CE transcripts will be mailed each year in December. Each attendee is responsible for forwarding copies to the appropriate licensing or accrediting agencies (State Board, AGD, Specialty Boards, etc.). CPR certification card (good for 2 years) will be distributed to each participant upon successful completion of the program.

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Membership Report

We welcome the following to membership in the Philadelphia County Dental Society. NOVEMBER 19, 2013 ACTIVE MEMBER

Dr. Beatriz M. Garces Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, 2002

Dr. Melody C. Mafa University of Alabama School of Dental Medicine, 2013

RECENT GRADUATE

Dr. Aryam Modesto University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2011

Dr. Halleh Asadpour Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, 2012 Virtua Camden Dental Center, 2013 (GPR) Dr. Amy E. Ford University of Maryland School of Dentistry, 2011 Abington Memorial Hospital, 2012 (GPR)

Dr. Hitesh Sachdeva Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry 2013 Dr. Qing Yang University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2010

PDA’S DAY ON THE HILL TUESDAY ‘ JUNE 3, 2014 Mark your calendar now and plan to become actively involved in advocating for patients and YOUR practice.

YOUR

profession,

YOUR

Members, spouses and dental students will take the Capitol by storm to meet with lawmakers and discuss issues affecting the dental profession. A press conference in the Rotunda will bring media and public attention to important oral health issues. Just imagine the impact Pennsylvania dentistry would have if thousands of members come to this event each year! FREE bus transportation from a designated location to Harrisburg and back will be available for PCDS participants.

PDA will assign you to a team of four or five members, spouses and dental students and schedule legislative appointments in advance. Your team is responsible for meeting with key leaders and committee members. We also will make every effort to assign your team to visit your own legislators. If your legislators are not part of your team's assignments, please feel free to break away from your team to stop by their offices on your own and rejoin your team at another time. All appointments must take place between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Access all the information you need to know about PDA’s Day on the Hill at www.padental.org/dayonthehill Check back frequently, as more information will be posted closer to the date. Or contact Marisa Swarney at 1-800-223-0016.

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PCDS President’s Project: New Dentists Worskhop New Dentists Learn They Aren’t Alone in Facing Debt Pressures On September 28, 2013, thirty-seven dental students and new dentists (classified by the ADA as those who have completed their formal dental education within the last ten years) gathered at the Chart House Restaurant on the Delaware River in Philadelphia to hear information about strategies for dental school debt management and personal financial planning. The four-hour session, initiated by the Philadelphia County Dental Society, was not a sales pitch, but a frank discussion of the difficulties many new dentists face in paying off staggering educational debts, opening practices, buying homes and starting families. The New Dentists Workshop featured presentations by Dr. Judith A. McFadden, PCDS secretary, and Mr. Lewis C. Frost, portfolio executive and vice president of Adviser Investments of Newton, MA. Sponsorship was provided by Aspen Dental Management, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, PDAIS (Pennsylvania Dental Association Insurance Services), CareCredit and The Insurance Agency for Dentists. The genesis for the Workshop began when PCDS president, Dr. Kevin J. Klatte, spoke to the Board of Governors about conversations he had with upper class dental students and new dentists. He said, “They told me they felt stressed out and overmatched about their debt and financial futures and that no courses at their dental schools adequately prepared them. I decided that our Society should try to provide helpful information and strategies to our young colleagues.”

Dr. Klatte opened the program with a message about the importance of membership in the tripartite dental system. He said, “You will hear a lot today about investments, but right now I want to talk to you for a few minutes about perhaps the best and most important ‘investment’ you can make as a

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dental professional — and that is membership in our tripartite associations — your local, state and national dental associations. This investment does require the payment of dues, and while you won’t see a quarterly or annual financial statement showing the gains of your investment in dollars, you will realize — perhaps on a daily basis — its worth.” He said the dental associations are yielding positive results for dentistry and that, “perhaps the most important return they give us today is advocacy. At all levels of our associations, dentistry is involved as a stakeholder and monitor of government legislation and regulation that will affect us as dentists, practitioners and business persons.” He specifically pointed to the ADA’s advocacy “for the profession as the nation braces for the upcoming changes in health care as contained in the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). From electronic health records (EHR) to Medicaid funding to restrictions on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to dentistry’s place as a leader in the improvement of oral health care, ADA colleagues and staff work on our behalf.“ Noting that the average debt among graduating dental students in 2012 was between $221,000 and $263,000, Dr. McFadden offered practical approaches to budgeting, tracking expenses and saving aimed at helping new dentists manage the debt. She noted that the goal of the program was “to shed some light on the special monetary circumstances of new dentists and dental students. By giving some financial and budget tools to use now and long term, we hope to help them put things into perspective, regardless of the size of their debt, so that they can use money wisely, and by making good decisions, the emotional and worrisome concerns about money will not take over their lives. (continued on page 15)


New Dentists Worskhop (cont’d.) Dental student debt is among the highest of professional schools, and the implications of this encumbrance means that new dentists’ choices after graduation may be limited: they may not be able to return to their home towns to open a practice or provide public health service in underserved areas or continue on to a specialty education. Dr. McFadden talked about the ADA’s Task Force, which has been established to help contain student debt and seek solutions. She referenced the ADA’s July 2013 letter to Congress which outlined loan reform proposals as just one way the Association is working on this issue. She spoke about workforce issues and noted some key points from the October 2012 ADA Economy Forum — the dental economy slowed significantly in the early 2000’s and flattened in 2008. Possible reasons for the downturn include the decreasing number of patients who are using private insurance; and, more recently, the increasing number of employers who are cutting benefits — especially dental benefits — forcing many people to use public insurance or be uninsured. Stress is also a factor. She referenced a University of Wisconsin study which found that when the dollar amount of a person’s debt increases by ten percent, depressive symptoms — such as constant worry, not being able to shake ‘the blues’ or trouble eating or sleeping — increases by fourteen percent. In 1996, thirty percent of graduating dentists reported a lot or extreme stress about their debt; by 2011, that percentage had grown to seventy percent. Mr. Frost offered practical ideas for debt management as well as methods and ideas for planning for a stable financial future and investment strategies for new investors. He included a discussion about the various types of investments, including tips about risk assessment, dollar cost averaging, and the best ways to accumulate wealth.

Total educational debt for those who attended the program ranged from zero to more that $400,000, with monthly pay-back rates ranging to nearly $6,000. Attendees overwhelmingly responded that the session provided very or extremely helpful information to them. More than fifty percent said they would be likely to change their approach to debt management because of what they learned at the program. Nearly sixty percent responded that they thought it would be worthwhile to attend a student debt consolidation/restructuring/management course that featured a professional student debt specialist. Sixty-five percent said they would recommend the program to dental school classmates and/or colleagues. Dr. Klatte expressed the Society’s appreciation to the companies who participated because their support enabled the Society to provide the program free of charge to ADA members and at a very nominal fee of $40 for nonmembers. The Workshop took place on a Saturday morning and included parking, a continental breakfast and a delicious lunch. The Society hopes to offer the Workshop again in the Spring of 2014 (new dentists who are interested in receiving more information about the Spring program should contact the Society at philcodent@aol.com). ™

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Newsbriefs

Members in the News

¾ Congratulations to the following Active Members who have been elected to ADA LIFE MEMBERSHIP, having fulfilled the requirement of at least 30 years of continuous membership at the local, state and national levels: Doctors Arthur M. Alperstein, Steven B. Alten, Joel F. Davidson, Robert M. Fleisher, Howard Fluhr, Robert E. Gugger, Jr., Fred S. Perez, Steven J. Rice, Alan H. Shechtman, Nelson N. Shih, Mark B. Snyder, Robert D. Sulkin, and Kanchan C. Vaidya. Thank you for your many years of support and participation in your local, state and national dental associations. ™ ¾ Thank you to these First District members who are volunteering their time to serve on PDA committees: Doctors Jackie Fillinger (Membership); Amy Ford (New Dentists); Thomas W. Gamba (Annual Awards, chair); Andrew J. Mramor (Government Relations, chair); Sylvan Morein (PADPAC); Anand V. Rao (Bylaws); Elaine Stefanowicz (PDAIS Board); David A. Tecosky (Communications & Public Relations). ¾ Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, former dean and current professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, has been re-appointed as an ADA spokesperson on periodontics. Working through the ADA Division of Communications and Marketing and the Council on Communications, spokespersons are made available to media outlets to provide ADA’s position on various topics of oral health ™

Educate Children to Be Smart with Money

You teach your children to be safe at school, on the street, and at home. Do you educate them about how to be smart with money? Try these ideas for teaching them to understand its real value: Give them a piggy bank. Do it when they’re young and teach them the values of the different coins. Make saving a habit. Set a rule that a certain percentage of their allowance or birthday money is put in the piggy bank. Open a savings account in your child’s name. Explain how the interest will compound over time. Encourage goal setting. Have them make a wish list along with a deadline: a skateboard by the end of the summer, a bike by the end of the year. Teach how to budget. Have them write down what they plan to spend in any given week, and if any money will be left over. This will teach them the difference between wants and needs. ™

The Affordable Care Act and You If you still have questions about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for dentists, the ADA is available to help. The Association invites questions at the e-mail address healthreform@ada.org The ADA Center for Professional Success offers news and information specifically useful to dentists about the Affordable Care Act at Success.ADA.org ™ (continued on page 17)

U.S. Signs Treaty on Mercury

Craig Palmer, ADA News staffer, reported that the United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury on November 6, 2013, joining other nations in a legally binding treaty. The ADA commended public health provisions in a global mercury treaty that ‘upholds the use of dental amalgam, a durable, safe, effective cavity-filling material.” The ADA News story, posted online on November 14, 2013, said, “The Association is pleased that the treaty carries forth the ADA’s long commitment to capture and recycle amalgam waste.” “By phasing up global preventive strategies, we can improve oral and general health outcomes worldwide," said ADA President Dr. Charles H. Norman, III. “In addition, raising global awareness of the importance of oral health to overall health, including how to prevent dental diseases, decreases the need for all cavityfilling materials, including dental amalgam.” To read the article, visit http://www.ada.org/news/9400.aspx ™

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San Antonio Texas Distinguished Keynote Speaker Former President George W. Bush Continuing Education Programs - Thursday October 9 to Sunday, October 12 World Marketplace Exhibition - Thursday, October 9 to Saturday, October 11 House of Delegates - Friday, October 10 to Tuesday, October 14

Registration opens May 2014 Visit ada.org/meeting


Newsbriefs (cont’d.) ADA Offers Digital Drug Reference Guide

The guide is $69.95 for ADA members and $104.95 retail. To purchase this resource, visit adacatalog.org ™

The ADA now offers dentists a digital drug reference guide called ADA/PDR Dental Therapeutics Online, a digital version of the book, Dental Therapeutics, and the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR). The guide contains three sections which focus on 1) drugs prescribed primarily by dentists; 2) drugs prescribed primarily by physicians; 3) issues related to dental pharmacology that affect the dentist’s practice, including evidence-based information on herbs and dietary supplements and information and online resources from the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs that demonstrate its support of advances in dental science. The topics presented in the third section are not addressed in most dental drug handbooks. An online subscription to ADA/PDR Dental Therapeutics also provides access to PDS3D, a digital reference product that pairs the largest human drug label database available with an intuitive search platform, allowing users to efficiently secure critical label information. The database is updated daily and includes information on more than 50,000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Pay Attention to Your Online Reputation

Your reputation is important — except that a “hit” to your reputation today may do more than hurt your social standing — it may hurt your bottom line. During the next five years, 83 percent of companies will face an online crisis that will negatively affect them, according to a recent article by Kristin Piombino and posted on Reagan Communications. A crisis isn't the only time you should monitor your practice’s online reputation. Potential patients may sidestep you based on other things they see online, like reviews or ads. Here’s what people think: x Ninety-seven percent of consumers who bought a product based on an online review found the review to be accurate. x Seventy percent of consumers look to online reviews before they buy. x Seventy-five percent of people don't believe companies tell the truth in advertisements. x Eighty-seven percent of people believe the CEO's reputation (that’s you) is an important part of (continued on page 18) the company's reputation. ™

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Newsbriefs (cont’d.) Patient-Centered Brochure Examines AntiBiotics in Dentistry

The ADA patient education brochure Antibiotics and Dental Treatment (W307) can help to clarify who should take antibiotics before dental treatment and who should not. In dentistry, where the long-observed standard has been to prescribe antibiotics for dental patients with orthopedic implants and for those with certain heart conditions (as a precaution to ward off infective endocarditis), it's a better move, in most cases, to bypass antibiotic prophylaxis, experts say. The American Heart Association recommends antibiotic prophylaxis only for patients with the highest risk of developing infective endocarditis, and the ADA and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in a systematic review of the literature found no direct evidence that dental procedures cause orthopedic implant infections. The six-panel brochure is $39.00 for a pack of 50. Visit adacatalog.org and search for W307.

ADA Offers Book to Help Dentists Communicate with Patients, Staff

The ADA is offering dentists the opportunity to pen perfect professional prose using customizable letters in the new book, The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Letters: Write, Blog and Email Your Way to Success. The book is a compilation of sample writings that reflect the many ways in which people communicate via traditional letters, news releases, blog, Facebook and Twitter posts and text messages. The book includes: x Letters geared to patients such as dental health education materials, handouts, welcome forms and general patient forms x Administrative letters for staff and vendors x Letters geared to marketing and promoting the dental practice The book comes with a CD-ROM of letters in Microsoft Word format for easy personalization. The book is $59.95 for ADA members. To purchase The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Letters: Write, Blog and Email Your Way to Success, visit adacatalog.org ™

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Volunteer for Pennsylvania Donated Dental Services (DDS) Dental Lifeline Network • Pennsylvania partnered with the Pennsylvania Dental Association in 1996 in developing a Donated Dental Services (DDS) program to help people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other access to dental care. Since inception, Pennsylvania dentists and labs have donated more than $10.8 million of comprehensive dental care to nearly 3,800 patients. Many thanks to the 733 dedicated Pennsylvania volunteers who have transformed the lives of people who truly need help! Volunteering is easy and more volunteers are needed. As a volunteer, you review the patient profile in advance, choose to see or decline any patient and determine your own treatment plan. You see patients in your own office and never pay lab costs. A DDS Program Coordinator screens patients to determine eligibility, handles the paperwork, serves as liaison between your staff and the patient, and arranges for assistance from specialists and laboratories.

Through fiscal year 2013, the DDS program has received 538 applications, and volunteer dentists and labs have treated 290 patients. The value of care to patients treated was $890,710, with the average value of treatment being $3,071 per case. By volunteering for DDS, you can restore the oral health and change the lives of patients like Mr. D, a 74-year-old U.S. Army veteran who lives in Yeadon just outside of Philadelphia. He suffers from diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and back pain. After his military service, he worked as a printer until he retired. Now, he survives on Social Security and a small VA pension to make ends meet. He had not had any dental care for 20 years. Through DDS, Mr. D received free care that restored his oral health Mr. D. wrote to express his thanks: “All my life I have been embarrassed by my mouth and now for the very first time I can smile freely. For this I am grateful and can’t thank you enough.” To volunteer for the DDS program go to: DentalLifeline.org and click on Volunteer for DDS, or contact DDS Coordinator Marsha Thomas at: mthomas@DentalLifeline.org or 724-568-4343. ™

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THE DENTAL SOCIETY OF CHESTER COUNTY AND DELAWARE COUNTY, PA proudly presents

DKU Continuing Dental Education

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DKU is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. DKU designates this activity for 30 continuing education credits. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.

Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 3/1/2013 to 2/28/2017. Provider ID #217995

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

John Minichetti, DMD – Englewood, NJ – “Information all Dentists Must Have for Successful Implant Treatment” This program is designed for

the dentist wishing to learn how to incorporate or expand their implant knowledge and techniques. Participants will go over diagnosis of the implant patient, treatment options for the edentulous patient, atraumatic extraction techniques, socket grafting, bone augmentation, mini implant surgery, basic implant surgery and implant restorative options. CT diagnosis and computer milled abutment restorations will be reviewed. At the completion of the course the participants will be able to: Understand how to diagnosis patients for dental implants; Analyze patients with CT Imaging; Evaluate the complexity scale of the patient for dental implants; Perform Atraumatic Extractions; Perform ridge preservation and socket grafting; Understand basic mini implant and standard root form dental implant surgery; Know the fixed abutment choices for dental implants; Understand implant overdenture options for fully edentulous patients. Dr. John Minichetti has been placing and restoring implants for over 25 years. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry of which he has served as President.This course is co-sponsored by an educational grant from Dodd Dental Lab, Dentsply and Hayes Handpiece Repair.

Friday, April 11, 2014

L. Stephen Buchanan, DDS, FICD, FACD – Santa Barbara, CA – “The Art of Endodontics: Everything Has Changed but the Anatomy” This presentation relates the most fundamental and unchanging endodontic issues—pulp, dentin, root, and root canal anatomy—to principles of treatment, simplifying our choices among evolving procedural technologies. A diagnostic regimen is shown that can rule endo in or out, and if pain is of endo etiology, it can discover which tooth is referring the pain. Dr. Buchanan will also show his most current treatment methods. Procedures covered include guided-access cavities, rotary negotiation, shaping canals with one to three files, bug-jarring irrigation and 3D obturation accomplished in seconds. After watching this presentation attendees should understand: The influence of endodontic anatomy on pulp degeneration and how the complexities of root canal systems dictate treatment to their full apical and lateral extents. How 3D and 2D radiography with thermal pulp testing can deliver 100% diagnostic confidence. How to treatment plan emergency care, endo vs implant, and how you are going to successfully invade pt’s root canal systems. How cutting with guided access burs reduces loss of tooth structure while improving file paths. How rotary negotiation brings the 10X improvement that rotary shaping did 15 years ago. Why 3D obturation can improve success rates and how simple it is to do with today’s technology. Dr. Buchanan is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and an assistant clinical professor at the post-graduate endodontic programs at USC and UCLA. This course is co-sponsored by an educational grant from Dodd Dental Lab and Dentsply.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Glenn Dupont DDS – St Petersburg, FL –“Solving the Most Difficult Cases: A Step-by-Step Process”

After graduating from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1979, Dr. Dupont joined the practice of Dr. Peter Dawson. He is currently the Director of Faculty at the Dawson Academy. Dr. DuPont will share a process that he has been using successfully to solve the most difficult problems that patients present with. He has accumulated some extremely challenging cases over the last 34 years. Anterior open bites, class three problems, anterior cross bites, posterior cross bites, deep over bites, bulimia and anterior wear are a few of the cases that he will address. A step-by-step process will be presented in a series of checklists that the attending dentist can immediately apply to help solve problems with their patients. Learning objectives: Review key principles and concepts of esthetics and function; Apply the four treatment options to solve functional issues; Utilize the Functional-esthetic 2-D checklist; Show the use of the 10 Step 3-D checklist; Discuss checklists for lab communication to ensure predictabilty; Utilize a specific process to sequence all types of cases for efficiency and productivity; Apply these checklist and principles to a number of different cases. This course is co-sponsored by an educational grant from Dodd Dental Lab, Dentsply and Hayes Handpiece Repair.

Those taking the full DKU Series will receive both Bonus Courses at the Valley Forge Radisson Hotel Wed. – Fri., March 5-6-7, 2014

BONUS #2: Members choose one course from the Valley Forge Dental Conference

All meetings will be held at the Springfield Country Club on Route 320, Springfield, Delaware County, PA, except for the Bonus Courses held at the Valley Forge Radisson Hotel. Registration for all courses 8:15 AM. Lecture 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Continental breakfast and lunch included for all DKU courses. Delco and Chesco Society Members - Entire Series plus both bonus Courses - $695, Individual Courses - $195, 3 Courses - $530, 4 Courses - $615 Other ADA Members - Entire Series plus both bonus Courses - $745 Individual Courses - $210, 3 Courses - $570, 4 Courses - $665 Non-ADA Members - Entire Series plus both bonus Courses - $815, Individual Courses - $225, 3 Courses - $605, 4 Courses - $715 Staff members accompanied by a doctor will be $95 per course per person with reservation at least one week in advance, $110 per course per person at door. Cancellations and Refund Policy - No refunds will be made without notice of at least one week prior to course date. (A $25 administrative fee will be deducted.) For information please contact: DKU • c/o Barry Cohen, DMD • 4750 Township Line Rd • Drexel Hill, PA 19026 • 610-449-7002 • DKUDental@aol.com

PDA MEMBERS: PLEASE support padpac PADPAC (PDA’s political action committee) works to elect state candidates to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly who understand the importance of dentistry, access to care and the link between oral health and overall health. PADPAC supports policy makers, regardless of party affiliation, who demonstrate their strong advocacy for dentists and their patients. PDA is involved in monitoring and commenting on prospective legislation that will affect you as a practitioner and as a business owner. Consider becoming a financial contributor so that dentistry can continue to be a voice at the legislative and regulatory table. You can join PADPAC for as little as $120.00 as a member of the Century Club or as much as $2,500.00 for the President’s Club. Contact Charles McElwee at cfm@padental.org or 1-800-223-0016, ext. 108. He will answer any of your questions or concerns about PADPAC. Contributions may be made online at www.padental.org/padpac

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Dental Dates The JOURNAL welcomes news concerning activities of your dental study club or other bona fide dental associations. Send information (as formatted below) to the Philadelphia County Dental Society via e-mail: philcodent@aol.com or fax: 215-9256998. Deadline for publication is the first of the month prior to publication (March 1 for the April/May/June issue), and information will be published on a space-available basis.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE - Northeast — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Gallo’s Restaurant, featuring Dr Alan Atlas, “Restorative Dentistry Update: Guidelines for Better Dentistry in 2014.” For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

CENTER CITY STUDY CLUB — Evening meeting. 6:00 p.m. at the Palm Restaurant at the Bellevue, featuring Frederic Barnett, D.M.D., private practice, Endodontics, Philadelphia, PA; Chairman, I.B. Bender Postdoctoral Endodontic program, Albert Einstein Medical Center, “Integrate or Extirpate: Endodontics in the Implant Era.” For information, contact laudenbachdental@gmail.com or 215-985-4337 or visit the website at www.laudenbach.com CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Center City — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Doubletree Hotel, featuring Dr Alan Atlas, “Restorative Dentistry Update: Guidelines for Better Dentistry in 2014.” For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

FEBRUARY 25

CENTER CITY STUDY CLUB — Case Treatment Planning, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the office of Dr. Jay Laudenbach Group attendees bring cases for discussion amongst CCSC members. For information, contact laudenbachdental@gmail.com or 215-985-4337 or visit the website at www.laudenbach.com when you have a case for discussion; space is limited to 10 members. A light dinner will be served.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Center City — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Doubletree Hotel, featuring Dr. Thomas Viola, “Hurts So Good.” For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Northeast — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Gallo’s Restaurant, featuring Dr. Thomas Viola, “Hurts So Good.” For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

MARCH 5-7

VALLEY FORGE DENTAL CONFERENCE — Valley Forge Radisson Hotel, King of Prussia, PA. For information, contact B.J. Dencler at 1-800-854-VFDC or online at www.vfdc.org

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NE DENTAL IMPLANT/PERIODONTAL PROSTHESIS STUDY CLUB — 6:00 p.m., Dinner meeting at the Buck Hotel, Feasterville, featuring Brandon Edgerton, B.S., “Social Media: An Effective Medium to Market Your Practice, Connect with Your Community and Grow Your Business.” For information, contact Paula Chernoff at 215-677-8686 or e-mail pchernoff@padentalimplants.com

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EASTERN DENTAL SOCIETY — Spring Dine Around, The Refinery at Sugarhouse Casino, Philadelphia, featuring Alan Stiles, D.M.D., instructor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, “The Many Faces of Facial Pain.” For information, contact Dr. Michael Salin at 215-322-7810 or Info@Eastern-Dentl.org or visit www.Eastern-Dental.org

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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Northeast — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Gallo’s Restaurant, featuring Dr. Peter Brothman, “Introduction and Applications of Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT).” For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

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PHILADELPHIA COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY — Continuing Education Program at the Philadelphia Hilton Hotel, City Avenue, featuring Lynne Brock, D.M.D., “Endodontics” (AM session) and Mr. Jim Spaulding, “OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Automated External Defibrillators and Medical Emergencies” (PM Session). CPR recertification will be available at 4:00 p.m. Register online at www.philcodent.org or see the reservation form in this Journal. (continued on page 23)

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We continue our 106th year of camaraderie and education as one of the oldest dental societies in the region!

Fall All Day Program: Friday, September 20, 2013 The Buck Hotel, Feasterville, PA

“Staging Comprehensive Treatment”

John Nosti D.M.D. practices full time with an emphasis on functional cosmetics, full mouth rehabilitation, and TMJ dysfunction. His down to earth approach and ability to demystify occlusion has earned him distinction among his peers. In his lecture, participants will learn how to stage comprehensive treatment to meet their patient’s budgetary limitations while providing functional and stable dentistry.

Fall Dine Around: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Toscana 52, Feasterville, PA

“The Five W’s of Xylitol”

Lisa Stillman, RDH, BS is the Northeast Xylitol Educator. She teaches dental health professionals the general and dental health benefits of quality xylitol products with presentations and literature to assist dental offices to incorporate xylitol into the dental hygiene protocol. Lisa has practiced dental hygiene in Maryland and Virginia and currently has a position specializing in Periodontics. The Five W’s of xylitol; the Who, What, When, Where, and Why will become clear upon completion of this course. In addition, attendees will gain a greater appreciation for the many preventive and therapeutic benefits of xylitol.

Spring Dine Around: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 The Refinery at Sugarhouse Casino, Philadelphia, PA

"The Many Faces of Facial Pain"

Alan Stiles, D.M.D. is an Instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. His clinical practice is limited to the management of head, neck, and facial pain. Following his completion of his DMD at Temple University, he completed a residency in Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction at UCLA School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then completed his fellowship in headache at the Jefferson Headache Center in the department of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

CPR: Friday, April 25, 2014

The Buck Hotel, Feasterville, PA

Spring All Day Program: Friday, May 9th, 2014 The Buck Hotel, Feasterville, PA

“Productivity: It's not by chance”

Bruce Baird, D.D.S.: The business of dentistry is changing as rapidly as new technology is changing how we treat patients. To succeed in today’s challenging economic environment, we have to re-evaluate our current processes and symptoms. Learn several key strategies that will effectively change your thinking on the business of dentistry, challenge many of the beliefs that prevent practices from realizing their full potential, and offer solutions to your most challenging business issues. Dr. Baird, is a preeminent cosmetic dentist in the Dallas / Fort Worth area at Granbury Dental Center. Dr. Baird specializes in cosmetic makeovers, full mouth rehabilitation, and dental implants.

Annual Golf Outing: June, 2014 Philmont Country Club

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MAGIC, MYTH & MOLARS — Villanova University’s Art Gallery at the Connelly Center. 3:00 p.m., a 40year retrospective plus interactive discussion about what it may have been like to practice dentistry in the year 2500 BC. Dr. Alan Soffer will include a retrospective of his various themes in Geometrics, Judaica, Ceramics, Print-making, Abstract Expressionism and more over forty years. For information, www.alansofferart.com CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Center City — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Doubletree Hotel, featuring Dr. Peter Brothman, “Introduction and Applications of Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT).” For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

APRIL 1

CENTER CITY STUDY CLUB — Evening meeting. 6:00 p.m. at the Palm Restaurant at the Bellevue, featuring Jay B. Laudenbach, D.M.D., private practice, Periodontics, Philadelphia, PA; visiting lecturer, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; Albert Einstein Medical Center; NYU Linhart International CE Program, “Contemporary Bone Augmentation Techniques to Optimize Dental Implant Treatment Options.” For information, contact laudenbachdental@gmail.com or 215-985-4337 or visit the website at www.laudenbach.com

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NE DENTAL IMPLANT/PERIODONTAL PROSTHESIS STUDY CLUB — 6:00 p.m., Dinner meeting at the Buck Hotel, Feasterville, featuring Robert A. Levine, D.D.S., F.C.P.P., Periodontics and Dental Implants, Philadelphia, “Esthetic Zone Implants: Diagnosis, Risk Assessment and Dilemmas.” For information, contact Paula Chernoff at 215-677-8686 or e-mail pchernoff@padentalimplants.com

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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Joint program in Northeast — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting. Gallo’s Restaurant, featuring Dr Alan Pollack, “Socket Preservation and Contour Augmentation for Implant Placement.” Sponsored in cooperation with Geistlich. For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215-732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

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PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SESSION — Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA. For information, contact Rebecca VonNieda at 1-800-223-0016, ext. 117 or visit online at www.padental.org

MAY 7

CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE — Joint program in Northeast — 6:30 p.m., Dinner meeting, Gallo’s Restaurant, featuring Dr Arthur M. Rodriguez, “Prosthetic Evaluation of the Destroyed Dentition.” Sponsored in cooperation with Zimmer. For information, contact: Vickie Fisher at 215732-4450 or visit www.PhilaPerioImplants.com

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EASTERN DENTAL SOCIETY — Spring All Day Program, the Buck Hotel, Feasterville, featuring Bruce Baird, D.D.S., Dallas/FortWorth, “Productivity: It’s Not by Chance.” For information, contact Dr. Michael Salin at 215-322-7810 or Info@Eastern-Dental.org or visit www.Eastern-Dental.org

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PHILADELPHIA COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY — Continuing Education Program at the Philadelphia Hilton Hotel, City Avenue, featuring Thomas E. Dudney, D.M.D., Birmingham, AL, “Diagnosing and Treating the Worn Dentition” and “Restorative Options for Today’s Practice.” Register online at www.philcodent.org or see the reservation form in this Journal.

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NE DENTAL IMPLANT/PERIODONTAL PROSTHESIS STUDY CLUB — 8:30 a.m. — 2:00 p.m., ALL DAY COURSE at the Buck Hotel, Feasterville, featuring Irena Sailer, Prof. Dr. med.dent., Chair, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Occlusion, University of Geneva School of Dental Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland, “Fixed Reconstructions Today: New Materials, New Technology — Improved Outcomes?” For additional information, contact Paula Chernoff at 215-677-8686 or email at pchernoff@padentalimplants.com

JUNE 3

PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION — DAY ON THE HILL. For more information and to register, visit www.padental.org/dayonthehill

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Classified Ads Classified Advertisement Policy. The Society reserves the right to accept, decline or withdraw classified advertisements at its discretion. The Society believes the advertisements that appear in these columns are from reputable sources; the Society neither investigates the offers being made nor assumes any responsibilities concerning them. Every precaution is taken to avoid mistakes, but responsibility cannot be accepted for clerical or printer’s errors. Requests to run advertisements “until further notice” cannot be accepted; the advertiser is responsible for renewals. Names of box number advertisers cannot be revealed. The JOURNAL reserves the right to edit copy of classified advertisements. Classified ads will not be taken over the telephone. DOCTOR, ARE YOU SEEKING EMPLOYMENT? Call the Philadelphia County Dental Society at 215925-6050 or Fax 215-925-6998 to have your name listed on our employment referral list. Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DOCTOR, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN ASSOCIATE or for a dentist to work in your practice? Call the Philadelphia County Dental Society at 215925-6050 or Fax 215-925-6998 for the list of dentists seeking employment. Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HOMEBOUND PATIENTS NEED CARE — If you have time in your schedule, why not consider providing care to homebound patients? Many patients need dental care, and most pay for the services. For more information, call Dr. Glenn Goodhart at 215635-0200. OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE — Oral Surgeon part-time for fast growing, upscale dental practice in Montgomery County. Practice limited to PPO and FFS patients only and has a high number of oral surgery patients. Interested doctors please contact the office at 610-489-8889 or by e-mail: info@confidentsmiledental.com OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE — General Dentist needed — part-time, Southampton, PA. Send resume to Jrhodedds@gmail.com MARYLAND/D.C./NORTHERN VIRGINIA DENTAL PRACTICES FOR SALE: Virginia: digital, fee-for-service adult cosmetic practice grossing $700K. BALTIMORE COUNTY: 3 ops grossing $365K. MONTGOMERY COUNTY: 3 ops modern digital x-rays. Must sell: 2/4 ops shopping center near GIANT. CALL FOR MORE. 800-544-1297 www.polcariassociates.com LET ME PAY FOR YOUR HAWAIIAN VACATION! NJ and PA licensed GP will do quality endo in your office. Also available as a fill-in general dentist. Call 856-772-2293. OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE — Hygienist — Take charge of your schedule and earning potential. Operations in 5 counties. Call for further information at 610-664-7795.

FOR SALE — Berks County dental office. Dentrix software, Schick digital radiography, 1700 active patients. 4 modern treatment rooms with state-ofthe-art equipment. Free-standing 2100 sq. ft. facility on busy corner with adjacent vacant lot available for expansion. E-mail: Kjsj1001@aol.com FOR SALE — General dental practice and building Northeast Philadelphia. Established practice at same location for 61 years. Presently 2 operatories, but has room for expansion. Upstairs apartment rental income. Excellent opportunity for an energetic business-minded doctor to build a close-knit neighborhood practice. Please call 609-280-2768 or e-mail: rstol27@live.com PRACTICE TRANSITIONS — We specialize in Practice Sales, Appraisals and Partnership Arrangements. Ask about our free guides for Sellers and Buyers. For information on services and listings, contact Philip Cooper, D.M.D., M.B.A., American Practice Consultants, toll free 1-800-400-8550, or www.ameriprac.com OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE — Established Bala Cynwyd practice seeks an associate who is motivated, skilled and able to work independently. Could lead to transition/purchase potential. Call Steven @ 610-960-8905. SPACE AVAILABLE — Main Line Location — 4chair office. One-to-three days possible in our fullyequipped state-of-the-art facility. Fax for further information at 610-667-4374. OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE — Doctor needed for unique opportunities. This is not your ordinary practice. Excellent earning and ownership potential. Must possess energy and drive for servicing a high demand population. For information, please fax @ 610-667-4374 or call Steven @ 610-960-8905. FOR SALE — Practices in zip codes 19116 or 18960. Includes equipment, inventory, four operatories. Transition available. Established practice that owner would like to sell to reduce workload. Fax: 215-643-0333 or e-mail: dentalpractice@comcast.net OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE — Endodontist needed — part-time for a general practice, Southampton, PA. Send resume to Jrhodedds@gmail.com

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Workplace Tips Ragan Communications, publisher of corporate communications, public relations and leadership development newsletters, offers the following workplace tips through several of its online publications. Although targeted to corporate environment, these can be adapted for your practice and your personal life.

Start a Productive Brainstorm Session

When creativity is a team endeavor, be sure to use the best techniques to generate good ideas. Jump-start your brainstorming sessions with these suggestions: Let people prepare. Announce the subject of the brainstorming meeting well ahead of time so participants can start thinking on their own. Often they’ll come up with good ideas without the distractions of an animated discussion. Think quantity, not quality. Resist the urge to zero in on the first few ideas that sound promising. Keep the contributions coming. You may want to cover up or otherwise hide the initial suggestions so they don’t distract participants from generating further solutions. Inject some diversity into the process. If possible, don’t bring the same people into the room every time you’ve got a problem to solve. Include people from different departments; choose people who take different approaches; add a mix of personalities as long as everyone agrees to remain civil. Make it fun. Even when addressing a serious problem, try to keep a sense of humor and playfulness. A positive mood while brainstorming will encourage optimism and creative thought; stress and negativity will make people shut down and censor themselves. ™

Get Organized for Better Creative Results

Creativity can seem like a mysterious and chaotic process, but staying organized is crucial to bringing good ideas to life. Great thinkers as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, poet Walt Whitman, and inventor Thomas Edison all had so many ideas that they recorded them in notebooks throughout their lives. Edison accumulated 3,500 notebooks that were discovered after his death. Whitman kept his ideas on slips of paper in separate envelopes, and went through them whenever he needed inspiration. Da Vinci reportedly kept detailed notes and reviewed them over the years, ultimately generating such ahead-of-their-time concepts as the helicopter and the bicycle. Don’t depend on your memory, no matter how indestructible your idea seems to be at first glance. Write everything down, go through your notes regularly, and you may find great ideas you’ve forgotten about and intriguing connections between seemingly separate concepts. ™

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Feedback to the Boss? Handle with Care

The thought of giving feedback to one’s boss or supervisor may be daunting. Instead of feeling intimidated, try clearing your mind, taking a deep breath, and following these guidelines: Analyze. Before offering feedback, decide whether it’s really necessary. You might be better off living with a minor irritation than risking the boss’s anger – especially if you’re not sure he or she will be open to your perspective. Prepare. Whether your feedback is positive or negative, try writing it down ahead of time. Don’t read it word for word; use the document to check your facts and your tone so you can deliver it smoothly and accurately. Ask. Don’t spring a feedback session on the boss without warning. Schedule a meeting, or at least ask permission to talk over some issues, so he or she doesn’t feel ambushed. Be specific. Bring objective facts to the meeting, not vague, subjective complaints. Explain what you have observed and how you believe it affects you and others in the office in clear, unemotional language that’s focused on productivity, not personality. Be diplomatic. A professional approach will go a long way toward bridging the gap between you and your supervisor or boss. Remain calm and give the boss the chance to think before responding. Listen. If the boss seems receptive, ask his/her opinion of your feedback. A good supervisor or boss will be committed to improving the situation and to work together to solve problems productively. ™

Disagreeing with a Co-worker

If you disagree with a co-worker, don't shut down his/her idea with, “You're wrong!” Being loud and clear leaves no room for misinterpretation, but it also leaves no room for anyone else's ideas. Staying silent doesn't air dissenting opinions, so that's no good, either. Try one of these alternatives to spark a constructive discussion. “Hmm . . .” It can be hard to stay silent when you disagree with someone, but when you do, you actually give a reaction — it's just a silent one. Chances are the person will follow up with more detail, or try to explain the idea better or more convincingly. Plus, it leaves some space in the conversation. "Why?" If silence is too subtle, try asking "why?" Then keep quiet. It's respectful, but direct. ™


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PCDS Liberty Continuing Education Dates for 2014 Mark your calendar for the following dates. Watch your mail in January for brochure or complete the reservation form in this Journal or register online after January 9 at www.philcodent.org Wednesday, March 19 — Lynne Brock, D.M.D., Endodontics (morning session) Sponsored in cooperation with Real World Endo Jim Spaulding, OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Automated External Defibrillators and Medical Emergencies (afternoon session) (plus CPR Recertification — 4:00 p.m. — separate fee required for CPR) Friday, May 16 — Thomas E. Dudney, D.M.D., Diagnosing and Treating Worn Dentition (morning session); Restorative Options for Today’s Practice (afternoon session) Sponsored in cooperation with The Catapult Elite Group Wednesday, September 17 — Nicholas R. Conte, Jr., D.M.D., Clinical and Material Factors in Achieving the Ideal Impression Sponsored in cooperation with Dentsply Friday, November 7 — Sam Halabo, D.M.D., Achieving Superb Results: Cementation, Bonding and Bulk Fill Composites Sponsored in cooperation with The Catapult Elite Group

The Journal of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, Volume 80 Issue 1  

January/February/March 2014

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