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Alliance of the TDA Members in New Orleans April Cobb, ATDA Publicity Secretary

Alliance members from across the country converged at the American Dental Association convention in New Orleans in 2013. Alliance of the Texas Dental Association (ATDA) members Diane (Mrs Doug) Bogan, Sharon (Mrs Alan) Bryant, Marthiel (Mrs Tommy) Russell, Conni (Mrs Steve) Durbin, and Karen (Mrs David) Cox [all pictured] attended.

• Alliance of the TDA Members in New Orleans • Carries Risk Assessment Informational Procedure Codes • Thousands Attend Southwest Dental Conference • TEXAS Meeting Preview • TDA Perks

- Perks Partners Coming to Star of the South

- Perks Partner Makes Emails Mobile-Friendly

• TDA Smiles Foundation - Bane Scholarships • President’s Statement

L - R: ATDA members Diane Bogan, Sharon Bryant, Marthiel Russell, Conni Durbin, and Karen Cox attend the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans in 2013.

• Meet the Staff

- Jaida Reed

• Member Spotlight

- Jack Pierce, DDS

• TSBDE Rule Update

The ATDA hosted its second national “Head-to-Toe” service project. Members collected and sorted donated dental and personal care products into 3,026 care packages to be distributed at the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children in New Orleans.

A brand new program, “Healthy Smiles from the Start,” launched at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, as a collective effort of the ADA, the Alliance, and Henry Schein Cares. This is a multi-faceted prenatal and postnatal dental health care education program for mothers and caregivers of newborns. The Alliance hopes to expand this project. The ATDA is an organization of dental spouses. It focuses on dental health education, legislative efforts, and the well being of the dental family. If you are interested in learning more about the Alliance at the local, state, or national level, please contact April (Mrs Nick) Cobb at

February Texas Dental Journal Every Member…One Association — Special Membership Issue

Upcoming Events March 27-29 Star of the South Dental Meeting

January 1, 2014: Caries Risk Assessment Informational Procedure Codes Effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2014 — the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requests that first dental home (FDH) providers include the appropriate caries risk assessment code on every claim form that includes procedure code D0145. The following new Current Dental Terminology (CDT) 2014 codes for caries risk assessment include: • • •

D0601 – Caries risk assessment, low risk; D0602 – Caries risk assessment, moderate risk; and D0603 – Caries risk assessment, high risk.

Since FDH providers already maintain a caries risk assessment in patient charts, HHSC also asks that FDH providers include the appropriate caries risk assessment code on every claim form that also includes any of the following procedure codes:

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D0210-D0330 – X-rays; D1206, D1208 – Fluoride; and D1351 – Sealants.

Medicaid participating dentists can refer to the Caries Risk Assessment Tool to determine risk status. For more information, contact Dr John “JR” Roberts, dental director, Texas Medicaid and CHIP Programs Office of Health Policy and Clinical Services at

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Thousands Attend Southwest Dental Conference

It’s TEXAS Meeting Time

The Dallas County Dental Society (DCDS) welcomed almost 10,000 dental professionals from across the country to its 87th annual Southwest Dental Conference (SWDC) on January 30-February 1, 2014, in Dallas. The 3-day SWDC provides quality continuing education for dental professionals, including lectures, hands-on workshops and special events. More than 120 sessions provide the latest in dental research and technology for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, lab technicians, and business assistants. In addition to the CE opportunities, a trade show featured approximately 350 exhibit booths. For more information, please visit swdentalconf. org or contact the DCDS office at 972-3865741. Next year, the SWDC is August 1315, 2015, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

To kick off your educational experience on Thursday morning with seminars, workshops, and the TDA House of Delegates. Meet your friends at the Texas Party hosted by TDA Perks and enjoy good food, great music, and exciting interactive activities, you badge is your admission into the event.

To treat yourself to one of the breakfast meetings hosted by many of the TDA allied groups. Additional highlights for today include the ADA/TDA Leadership Candidates Forum, TDA district caucuses, the New Dentist Party (graduates after 2003) and alumni receptions hosted by the three Texas dental schools.

Victor Rodriguez, DDS TDA Council on Annual Session •

To schedule your trip to sunny San Antonio for the 144th Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association, The TEXAS Meeting, May 1-4. An outstanding array of internationally renowned speakers, a first-class exhibit floor, and exciting social events have been assembled for you and your dental team.

To visit the largest exhibit hall in Texas staffed by premier exhibitors offering the latest in products, technology, and services. Bring your supply orders to take advantage of exceptional show specials. Unwind with your colleagues and friends at the happy hours each afternoon.

To register for the meeting and secure your hotel reservations at The website provides important information on registration, continuing education, speakers, housing social activities, and concurrent meetings. Access a registration system that is user friendly and simple to use. Whether it is your first TEXAS Meeting or your 50th, you will find something for everyone at the largest dental meeting in the Southwest.

For you, your family, and your staff to enjoy the history of San Antonio. From the famous Alamo, Missions, and Museums to the River Walk and El Mercado you will experience an unforgettable San Antonio culture.

To sign up for the meeting by visiting tesxasmeeting. com — you will be happy you did. See you there.

TDA Perks Partners Coming to Star of the South Dr David Duncan receiving the trademark cowboy hat at Chairman’s Dinner, presented by DCDS President Dr Danette McNew. Drs Duncan and McNew with the 2014 SWDC Chairman, Dr Ron Stukalin.

Are you planning to attend the Star of the South meeting in Houston, March 27-29? Several TDA Perks Program partners will be exhibiting: Atlas Resell Management (buys, sells used dental equipment), Bank of America Practice Solutions (practice financing and more), CareCredit (patient healthcare credit card), Demandforce (online marketing and patient communications), Dental Systems Inc.’s Insurance Answers Plus (patient-insurance information), Philips Sonicare and Philips Zoom!, Sedation Resource (sedation equipment and supplies), and TDA Financial Services Insurance Program (health, business, auto, home, specialized). You’ll have the opportunity to meet Perks staff and partner representatives and ask questions. For more information regarding TDA Perks Program, visit or call 512-443-3675.

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happy healthy smiles... that’s our mission! The Annual Session Beverly Banes speaker is Jack Shirley, DDS, from San Antonio. 1. Thursday, May 1, 8:30 – 11:30 - Restorative Dentistry 2. Thursday, May 1, 1:30 – 4:30 - Occlusion Made Simple 3. Saturday, May 3, 9:30 – 12:00 - Implants in the esthetic zone

Scholarship Recipients University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School •

Jeffrey Marrs is from Killeen, Texas. Jeff graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2002 and commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army. During his service, he deployed twice to Iraq and again to Afghanistan. He intends to return to the Army as a Dental Corps Officer and provide critical oral care to our soldiers, wounded warriors, veterans and their families. Jeff is married to Esmeralda Linan, a captain in the United States Army currently stationed at Fort Sam Houston. They have one child, a 3-year-old girl.

Kristin Goodwin is from Abilene, Texas, and she graduated from Abilene Christian University.

Texas A&M Health Science Center l Baylor College of Dentistry •

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Steven Marino — Chosen by the dean for his leadership and academic excellence Christopher Nguyen — Chosen by the dean for his leadership and academic excellence

University of Texas School of Dentistry These students demonstrate outstanding scholarship, leadership potential, and who require financial assistance with beginning their dental educations. •

Sarah Schuhmacher, DS1 Class Vice President

Chad Fruithandler, DS1 Class President, (son of Ross Fruithandler, UTSD ’87 and endodontist in El Paso)

President’s S tateme nt David A. Duncan, DDS, TDA President

In the September issue of the TDA Today, I made statements regarding the resignation of our former executive director, Aaron Washburn. Some of those statements violated a settlement nondisclosure agreement that TDA signed with Mr Washburn. We have consulted with Mr Washburn’s attorney, and we want to make clear that the comments were not intended to harm his reputation. I apologize to Mr Washburn for any statement which did not follow the settlement agreement and I reaffirm the TDA’s commitment to adhere to the agreement. TDA and I have nothing but good wishes for Aaron.


SPOTLIGHT Jack Pierce, DDS • Fort Worth It takes quite a bit of skill to play a woodwind instrument. Besides a strong breathing technique and the ability to sheet read music, it requires the correct embouchure. And what better person to master the proper shaping of the lips and facial muscles than a dentist.

MEETYOURSTAFF Where did you grow up? Jaida I grew up in the small town of Boerne, Reed F Texas, the same town where my parents Admin acilities and istratio and grandparents were born and n Coo rdinat raised and in which most of my family or still lives. Known for its small-town shops and charm, German festivals (Berges Fest, anyone?) and background, Boerne has a become a growing tourist destination over the years. Each time I go home to visit, I can’t believe how much my little hometown has grown! It’s not the “everyone knows everyone” town that it used to be, that’s for sure! I lived in Boerne until I was 18, then moved up the highway to San Antonio for the next 7 years before finding my way to Austin in 2006. I braved the city life and traffic for a good 7 years before buying my first home and finding my way back to the small town country life, in Niederwald (just south of Austin.) I believe my mother’s first words when she got out of the truck for her first visit was, “She’s gone country!” What is one thing about you that might surprise people? I’m not sure how surprising it will be to those who know me well, but I started a cooking blog a few years back. I didn’t have much interest in cooking when I was growing up, but after getting out on my own, something sparked inside of me and I’ve been cooking and baking ever since. I come from a family of cooks (mom and grandma) who make everything from scratch and I’m glad to be the one in the family who will carry on that tradition. If you’re also a cooking enthusiast, I’d love for you to follow my blog “Sweet Beginnings” Where did you go to school and what did you do before you came here? After 5 long years of working full-time and going to school full-time, I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2010. What is your favorite thing about the job? I enjoy interacting with our building tenants and coordinating various meetings and events throughout the year. I get to put that degree to use while the event/party planner in me gets to come out and play a little bit too. It’s a nice balance and keeps the day-to-day from becoming too humdrum. Why did you decide to come to the Texas Dental Association? I moved to Austin in 2006 and interviewed for the receptionist position at TDA. It seemed to be a good opportunity with an established company, a small staff, and a good work environment. After getting my degree, I was promoted to the facilities and administration coordinator and I’m coming up on my 8-year anniversary here in June! My, how the time flies!

Dr Jack Pierce of Fort Worth possessed all of these skills when he was a bassoonist for the Lion’s Club state band in the early 1960s. The band played for the National Football League and now-defunct American Football League teams in Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Texans (which later moved to Kansas City to become the Kansas City Chiefs). Dr Pierce is a 1956 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Dentistry. He is retired life member of TDA, even serving as president. Beginning in 1960, Dr Pierce was a member of the Lion’s Club state band, which sat in the bleachers at Cotton Bowl Stadium during every home game. When the Dallas Texans were still in town, the leagues would alternate games at the stadium, and in 1971 the Cowboys moved to Texas Stadium. Although he was not paid as a member of the band, he did receive passes to the games, so Dr Pierce had the first season tickets to the Dallas Cowboys! He honed his musical skills through a lifetime of practice. As a child, he played the piano and in junior high, the cornet and bassoon. He says he switched to the double-reed woodwind because the band already had plenty of trumpet players. “Except for a brief period, there were no other bassoon players in the band, so I was always guaranteed first chair.” Practice makes perfect, and Dr Pierce played the bassoon in the Lion’s Club state band while he practiced dentistry full time, making for an interesting life outside of the office. “The bassoon is my favorite. It was the challenge of the doublereed instrument, plus the fact that not many people play one.” Originally from Joplin, Missouri, he and his wife moved to Fort Worth for 2 years of selective service, a move he never regretted. “Best thing I ever did was stay here in Texas,” he says. This recurring section highlights the lives of TDA members outside of the office. If you have an interesting story about yourself, if you are working on a project that your peers might find interesting, or if you have a hobby that keeps you busy, please contact TDA Managing Editor Nicole Scott,, 512-443-3675.


Party Primary Elections

Encourage your patients to visit the Patient Resources section of the new TDA website! The redesign of the TDA site allowed us to add many enhancements and helpful resources for you, the dentist member, as well as the public. Patients can visit, an awardwinning website, created by the American Dental Association. It’s a fun, informative, and easy-to-use site with current information on dental health and oral care questions.

Campaigns for the March primary elections are well underway and DENPAC is actively supporting friendly legislative office holders and candidates withfor primary challengers the state. Theand primary As campaigns the March primariesthroughout are in full swing, DENPAC our representatives all over therole state lending supportgiven to our current and election plays a significant in are theout election process many future friends in the legislature. officials are not legislative districts areTexas drawn to favor Although one partyelected over the other. determined until the general election, often the primaries play a significant The Texas primary election allows members of a political party to role in the outcome. choose the party’s candidates for the upcoming general election. A primary who election of aofpolitical to choose the in party's Candidates seekallows to bemembers a nominee one of party the major parties the candidates for an upcoming election. Candidates who seek toFor be a general election must securegeneral the party nomination in the primary. one of the majorwill parties upcoming general election must thenominee primaryofelection, voters voteininan one of the two political party secure that nomination in the primary. For the primary election voters will elections. The chosen candidate, unless a runoff election is necessary, vote in one of the two political party elections. The chosen candidate, will represent the party in the general election on November 4, 2014. unless a runoff election is necessary, will represent the party in the general election onbegins November 4, 2014. Early voting February 18 and continues through February 28.

Patients can also view Smart Mouth, the TDA’s newest publication, designed to educate patients and intended to be displayed in dentists’ waiting rooms. Smart Mouth is mailed biannually as a supplement to the Texas Dental Journal and includes interesting articles and oral health information. Contact the TDA Department of Member Services for additional copies! If you have patients that are in the educational profession, direct them to the ADA for Educators link also located in Patient Resources section of This area provides teachers with activities and resources for the classroom as well as grade specific information on oral health. Questions or comments on can be emailed to Lee Ann Johnson, director of member services, at

Party Primaries

Voters may cast their ballot at any polling location in their home Early voting begins February 18 and continues through February 28. You county. Check for early voting times and locations on your county voter may vote at any polling location in your county. Check for registrar website. early voting times and locations on your county voter registrar Please visitwebsite. to learn more about the election process and for information on how to support your political action committee. *

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TSBDE Rule Update

This recurring section is designed to help TDA members keep up with important Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) rules, other regulations, and state law affecting their practices.

New Complaint Process at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

EDITORIAL STAFF Nicole Scott, Managing Editor Barb Donovan, Art Director Paul H. Schlesinger, Consultant

The final sections of House Bill 3201 enacted by the 83rd Legislature went into effect on January 1, 2014, and resulted in a new process to investigate and resolve complaints at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Preliminary Inquiry

The board must complete a preliminary inquiry of a complaint within 60-days of receipt. During this initial period, board staff will collect records from the dentist and review the complaint and records to determine whether to officially proceed on the complaint. Because of the 60-day restriction, the dentist must promptly comply with any requests for records. Most requests will require a 15-day response time. If the dentist fails to comply, not only will the complaint automatically proceed upon the conclusion of the 60-day period, but the dentist may also be subject to further disciplinary action for failing to comply with the board’s request. If board staff determines that the allegations in the complaint would not constitute a violation of the Dental Practice Act, no investigation is opened and the case is dismissed.

Expert Review Panel

If board staff determines that a complaint related to professional competency should officially proceed, the complaint must be reviewed by at least two members of the Expert Review Panel. The panel will determine the appropriate standard of care that applies to the facts that are the basis of the complaint and whether the dentist has violated that standard of care. If the panel determines that the dentist has not violated the standard of care, the case will be reviewed by a board committee for dismissal. If the panel determines that the dentist has violated the standard of care, the case will be forwarded to the Legal Division for possible disciplinary action. The appropriate disciplinary action will be determined by the board through either informal resolution or formal resolution at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Remedial Plans

HB 3201 gave authority to the board to resolve certain complaints through the use of a Remedial Plan, rather than through formal disciplinary action. A Remedial Plan is public information and may include action to be taken by the dentist to educate and remediate his practice. However, a Remedial Plan may not revoke, suspend, limit or restrict the dentist’s practice.

Confidentiality of the Investigative File

The board must inform the dentist of the specific allegations, if any, against the dentist. However, the investigative file, including the complaint itself, is confidential and will not be provided to the dentist. The general allegations will be provided to the dentist during the investigation, as needed, and the specific allegations will be provided during the disciplinary process, if warranted.

Board of Directors David A. Duncan, DDS, DDS, President David H. McCarley, DDS , President-elect Michael L. Stuart, DDS, Immediate Past President Vice Presidents Jean E. Bainbridge, DDS, Northeast Gregory K. Oelfke, DDS, Southeast Yvonne E. Maldonado, DDS, Southwest David C. Woodburn, DDS, Northwest Senior Directors Jerry J. Hopson, DDS, Northeast William S. Nantz , DDS, Southeast Joshua A. Austin, DDS, Southwest Steven J. Hill, DDS, Northwest Directors William H. Gerlach, DDS, Northeast Karen A. Walters , DDS, Southeast John B. Mason, DDS, Southwest Charles W. Miller, DDS, Northwest Ron Collins, DDS, Secretary-Treasurer John W. Baucum III DDS, Speaker of the House Michael D. Vaclav, DDS, Parliamentarian Michael L. Stuart, DDS, Interim Executive Director William H. Bingham, Legal Counsel

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