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sfdda Volume 61, No.4 www.sfdda.org Spring/Summer 2020

Inside this issue:

President’s Message, pg. 3

COVID-19 News, pg 4

Did You Donate PPE?, pg. 5

ADA/FDC Annual Meeting to Moves On-line, pg. 5

Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted, pg. 7 Haven’t Paid your ADA Dues?, pg. 8 Dentists’ Day on the Hill, pg 11

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President’s Message -Oscar Peguero, D.M.D.

To the members of the South Florida District Dental Association,

Thank you. It has been my absolute privilege to serve as your SFDDA President this year. While the past twelve months have no doubt been rife with challenges, it is often in the trials that one can find true opportunity for betterment. I am confident that through it all, our organization has tackled its obstacles head on, and I believe that our profession will be stronger for it on the other side.

I have been very proud to watch the reaction of our dental profession to the threat of COVID-19, and I am sincerely humbled to be counted among all of you who have responded so admirably to this novel disease. Putting our busy practices and lives on hold, rethinking our PPE and infection control protocols, and revamping our schedules – all the while facing the risk of exposure – has been, I am sure, extremely difficult for all of you. Yet, from my vantage point, I have seen an amazing resilience among dentists that has allowed you all to learn and adapt at a pace unparalleled by many other professions. This is reflected by the ADA’s fresh report that 77% of dental offices have already rehired their full staffs as we enter into June. So kudos to you all!

Much of the credit for our preparation locally belongs to our excellent staff at the SFDDA, Yolanda Marrero and Jackie Quintero. They have worked arduously to stay ahead of the ever-changing dental landscape over the past 6 months, sending out countless informative emails and implementing free webinar-based CE on our website, which has proven to be a huge benefit to our members. They do this all to bring us the most up-to-date information available, and I would like to extend to them sincere gratitude for their continued dedication to protecting our members and advancing our dental profession.

I would also like to express my sincere appreciation for the support and commitment of our South Florida District officers this year, a list that includes Drs. Enrique Muller, Mariana

Velazquez, Ernesto Perez, Melissa Alfonso-Sedeno, and Orlando Dominguez. And I would like to additionally thank Drs. Richard Mufson, Alan Friedel, Carlos Sanchez, Irene Marron-Tarrazzi, Mark Limosani, Michael Eggnatz, and Cesar Sabates for their mentorship and guidance of our young leaders, including myself. Thank you all for all that you do.

Despite the challenges along the way, I am happy to report that our organization will be heading into the coming year on a very positive note. We will be installing a strong and talented new trustee in Dr. Gina Marcus, as well as an exceptional alternate in Elaine de Roode, both of who will represent us very well at the state level. We will be introducing two excellent new officers in John Aylmer and Ahmed Elkoussa, who are primed to become great leaders for our organization. We were able to surprise Dr. Michael Eggnatz with the Alan E. Friedel Award, the highest honor of the SFDDA, for his years of commitment and dedication to organized dentistry at all three levels of the tripartite. And, looking forward to the fall, we have an opportunity to elect the first ADA president from Florida in our very own Dr. Cesar Sabates!

As we head into summer and a new fiscal year, I implore you all to explore the benefits available to you through organized dentistry and your local SFDDA affiliate, benefits that extend beyond CE, advocacy, and discounts on rental cars. If you look closely, I think you’ll find a tremendous group of colleagues who will soon become confidantes and friends, a supportive collection of mentors who are always willing to lend a hand or advice, and an amazing team that supports you to reach your leadership development goals. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be forever grateful for having served.

Thank you once again for all of your participation and support this year. I wish you all a safe and happy summer. Oscar Peguero, DMD President


COVID-19 News


2 Encourage social distancing practices by minimizing the number of patients in the waiting room The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven- by spacing appointments or by asking patients to tion (CDC) recently released updated Guidance wait in their cars. for Dental Settings, noting it is very similar to science-based guidance issued a month ago by the 2 Advise dental staff members to wear additional American Dental Association (ADA). Both guides personal protective equipment as appropriate, describe how dental professionals,building upon such as surgical masks or N95 masks, full face existing infection control measures, can help pro- shields or goggles with side shields. tect patients and dental team members when providing oral health care. 2 Place hand sanitizer around the office and ensure surfaces are cleaned regularly. The CDC guidance provides detailed patient management and facility information for before, during The CDC’s updated dental settings guidance ofand after dental appointments, which is in close fers additional recommendations, such as how paalignment with the ADA’sReturn to Work Interim tients can be positioned in the dental chair during Guidance Toolkit. The CDCand ADA recommen- appointments and waiting 15 minutes before disdations include: infecting patient treatment rooms after use. 2 Request dental staff to call patients prior to appointments to ask about their current health status. 2 Advise patients to wear a face covering when entering the practice.

2 Limit the number of people who accompany a patient to the appointment. Assess all patients upon arrival.

2 Remove items in office waiting rooms to limit potential transmission through high-touch surfaces.


The ADA guidance also includes ways dentists and hygienists can reduce aerosols, such as hand scaling when cleaning teeth, use of high-velocity suction and use of rubber dental dams.

Both the CDC and ADA guides are science-based recommendations and not regulations. According to the CDC’s guidance, “Dental health care professionals should regularly consult their state dental boards and state or local health departments for current local information for requirements specific to their jurisdictions.”

Did You Donate PPE at the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic? At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many dentists were proactive in helping hospitals, nursing homes and frontline workers by donating their personal protective equipment (PPE) supply. No one knew how long this pandemic would last and impact the state and health care practitioners’ ability to acquire additional PPE once the state reopened. The Florida Dental Association (FDA) is working every day to advocate for PPE to be made available to dentists statewide. To help us capture how much PPE was donated, please share with us what you specifically donated (masks, shields, gowns, gloves, etc.) by completing this survey.

ADA FDC 2020 to move online in light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Annual meeting originally scheduled for Oct. 15-18 in Orlando

The American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association have decided not to move forward with the ADA FDC Annual Meeting as an in-person convention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ADA Board of Trustees voted June 12 to cancel the inperson gathering. The associations are exploring virtual options for the meeting and will share more information as it becomes available.

"It was a difficult discussion, but our members and their concerns are our first priority. The health and safety of our dental family is at the heart of this decision," said Dr. Nan Tertel, general chair of ADA FDC 2020. "We look forward to virtual possibilities in 2020 and meeting face to face in Las Vegas 2021."

The ADA and FDA made their decision based on extensive research, careful deliberation and feedback from their members and past meeting attendees, according to emails the

ADA FDC 2020 team sent to ADA members and meeting attendees. The annual meeting originally was planned for Oct. 15-18 in Orlando, Florida. "As a science-based organization, the health, safety, and well-being of our members, attendees, staff, and exhibitors are our top priorities," the team said in the emails. "The pandemic has made a significant impact on our profession and communities; however, we are certain that as we continue to stand with each of you — shifting our focus to recovery and getting back to work — we will come out of this stronger together."

The associations previously postponed meeting registration, which originally was scheduled to open in April. For the latest updates, visit ADA.org/meeting. Those with questions can email them to annualmeeting@ada.org.

SFDDA 2019-2020 Officers and Executive Council President Oscar Peguero, D.M.D. (786) 519-3636

President Elect Mariana Velazquez, D.D.S. (305) 595-4122 Secretary Ernesto Perez, D.M.D. (305) 220-9393

Treasurer Orlando Dominguez, D.D.S. (305) 386-2766 Immediate Past President Enrique Muller, D.M.D. (305) 707-2266 Young Member Melissa Sedeño (305) 822-7684 Trustees

Jeannette Peña Hall, D.M.D., 305-667-8766 Alternate Trustees

Gina Marcus, D.M.D (305) 446-6655

Mark A. Limosnai, D.M.D. (954) 800-3453

Delegates to the Executive Council from the Affiliates Societies Miami Dade Dental Society Carlos Sanchez D.M.D. Laura Herschdorfer, D.D.S. North Dade/Miami Beach Dental Society Richard Mufson D.D.S Tim Franklin, D.M.D.

South Broward Dental Society John Aylmer, D.D.S (SBDS) Fredericka Salbo, D.D.S. (SBDS) Affiliate Society Presidents

Laura Herschdorfer, D.D.S. (MDDS) Tim Franklin, D.M.D. (ND/MBDS)

Fredericka Salbo, D.D.S (SBDS)

Richard A. Mufson, D.D.S., Editor Yolanda Marrero, Managing Editor Jackie Quintero, Advertising SFDDA NEWSLETTER Copyright: © SFDDA 2019 Published by the South Florida District Dental Association 420 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2E Coral Gables, FL 33146

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