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Winter 2011, Volume 37, Issue 1

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence


2010-2011 TAGD Board of Directors

President Craig Armstrong, DDS, MAGD Houston carmst@aol.com

President -Elect Joey Cazares, DDS, FAGD McAllen cazaresdds@sbcglobal.net

Immediate Past President Dan McCauley, DDS, FAGD Mount Pleasant drdansmu@hotmail.com

Secretary/Treasurer Mark Peppard, DDS, MAGD Austin drpep@pepdds.com

Editor Jeff Roy, DDS, FAGD Irving jeffroy@21stcenturydental.com

Director (2011) Paige Sohn, DDS, MAGD Frisco frsicodental@sbcglobal.net

Director (2011) Jamie Bone, DDS, MAGD Kerrville jamie@hcfdental.com

Director (2012) Carlos Garcia, DMD Weslaco drcogarcia@aol.com

Director (2012) Andrew Lazaris, DDS, FAGD Plano laz2684@aol.com

Director (2013) Kevin Gureckis, DMD, MAGD, ABGD Boerne kevingureckis@mac.com

Director (2013) Marko Alanis, DDS Edinburg malanisdds@aol.com

AGD National Trustee Douglas Bogan, DDS, FAGD Houston dwbdds@aol.com

TAGD Staff: Jennifer Fontana Administrative Manager Sandy Frizzell Member Services Director Amy Knitt Communications Director

AGD Regional Director David Tillman, DDS, MAGD Fort Worth mdavidtillman@hotmail.com

Executive Director Connie Sonnier, CAE Round Rock connie@tagd.org

JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011

Important Contacts: TAGD: www.tagd.org 512-244-0577 • Toll-free 877-464-8243 Fax: 512-244-0476 409 W. Main Street Round Rock, TX 78664

Lauren Oakley Communications Coordinator

AGD: www.agd.org 888-243-3368

Jack T. Clark Foundation Staff:

TSBDE: www.tsbde.state.tx.us 512-463-6400

Cecile Shopen Development Director Meg Hulse Project Manager

TDA: www.tda.org 512-443-3675

Disclaimer: The TAGD does not necessarily endorse opinions or statements contained in articles or editorials published in the TexasGP. The publication of advertisements in the TexasGP does not indicate endorsement for products and services. The TexasGP is published quarterly by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, 409 West Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664. Address changes should be sent to the TAGD. The TexasGP is provided as a member service to members of the TAGD. Nonmember subscription rates are $25.00 individual and $40.00 institutional. Canadian orders add $5.00; outside the U.S. or Canada, add $10.00. Single copy rates are $3.00 to individuals and $4.50 to institutions (orders outside the U.S. add $1.00 postage). All orders must be prepaid in U.S. dollars. Printed in U.S.A. Copyright 2011, Texas Academy of General Dentistry, Round Rock, TX. No portion of the TexasGP may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the TAGD. The opinions expressed in the TexasGP are not necessarily endorsed by the TAGD. The publication of an advertisement in the TexasGP does not indicate endorsement for products and services. TAGD/AGD approval for continuing education courses or course sponsors will be clearly stated.


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Star of the South HAGD Sponsored Speaker Friday, February 4 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Implant Dentistry From Novice to Excellence Presented by Dr. Mark Moskowitz

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TAGD Board Meeting

Yankee Dental Congress • Boston, MA

In this session attendees will learn: • To understand the biologic significance, sequelae and esthetic implications of implant placement • To effectively develop a treatment plan. • To discuss with the surgeon or restoring

dentist the entire treatment plan regardless of their individual role To understand the potential for failure and how to plan in advance to avoid it. To register for this course visit: www.starofthesouth.org


Advocating for the General Dentist

TAGD’s Proposed Legislative Agenda Insurance Capping of Fees

The top issue is passing affirmative legislation which prevents insurance companies from capping fees to be charged for non-covered services. This issue is also a national priority for AGD. To date, more than 20 states have already passed similar bills. The Texas Dental Association has been working to develop legislation that will be introduced on this topic and TAGD expects to be strongly supportive of those efforts. This includes services that their contracts do not cover with those carriers.

The Illegal Practice of Dentistry

A second priority will be supporting efforts that crack down on the illegal practice of dentistry. There have been growing concerns about unlicensed care being performed in parts of the state and recently, efforts have been made in order to stop unlicensed individuals in San Antonio, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. TAGD is interested in finding ways of increasing these efforts to stop illegal practice.

Mid-Level Providers

Another top priority has been opposing any efforts to increase the scope of practice performed by midlevel providers. As efforts to promote an expansion of duties by mid-level providers continues to be pushed by national groups, TAGD remains committed to ensuring that dentists remain head of the oral health care team. JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011


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training followed by visits to their congressmen and senators on Capitol Hill. The 2010 conference provided attendees with a preAGD Government Relations Conference sentation by a speaker from the Congressional Research April 11 & 12 • Washington D.C. Service, which explained the intricacies of how a bill A Great Dentist Goes to Washington is an AGD initia- becomes a law by showing attendees the path travtive that helps dentists from around the country travel eled by the health care reform legislation. The CRS staff to Washington D.C. for a day-long session of advocacy provided an overview of the work done in committees

Save the Date! A Great Dentist Goes to Washington

and the differences in procedures between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Last year AGD members communicated the interests of general dentists to more than 100 legislatures and their staff. More importantly, attendees returned home with skills to share with other members in order to help with advocacy efforts on the state and local level.


Jack T. Clark Foundation Update In keeping with the Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s focus on excellence, we have established the Jack T. Clark Foundation, which provides opportunities for the dental community to increase and put its knowledge into practice -- to the benefit of the greater Texas public. With a newly refined mission to support the oral health of all Texans affected by cancer through education, access to appropriate oral health care and collaborative research, the Foundation aims to meet the special dental needs of cancer patients across the state. We stand at the intersection of oncology and dentistry -- and look forward to moving ahead, shoulderto-shoulder with you. This is your Foundation. We are proud to join you, the General Dentist, in service of the public interest. We welcome comments and inquiries, your participation in the life of the Foundation and of course, your support as you come to know us and our new mission.

Jack T. Clark Foundation CE Opportunity Dyspelling Dysplasia in 2011• Presented by Kevin D. Huff, DDS, MAGD Friday, March 25 • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 3 hours lecture credit • AGD Code: 730

This course is designed to review the need for oral cancer screenings and to raise awareness of the adjunctive screening technologies that are currently available. Screening, diagnosis, documentation, and patient management are all important aspects of this process. Upon the completion of this course, attendees should be able to: • Understand current literature about oral cancer, systemic disease links, and screening technologies • Describe the elements of a conventional oral cancer screening examination • Identify risk factors for suspicious oral lesions • Understand the science, technology and process of oral mucosal screenings utilizing direct optical fluorescence visualization techniques for oral cancer and potentially malignant disease JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011

Volunteer Opportunities Join us at the Texas Capitol!

Thursday, March 17 • 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Join the Jack T. Clark Foundation as we provided free oral cancer screenings to the public in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol. The Foundation will also provide volunteers with the opportunity to meet with their state representative and/or staff from 8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m., prior to the screenings. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact Meg Hulse. The Foundation will also provide talking points and supporting materials for these meetings.

Feria de Salud • Dallas

Saturday, March 26 • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Put your oral cancer screening knowledge to work in partnership with the Hispanic Community Advisory Council at its 2011 Health Fair (Feria de Salud), focused on providing no cost medical services and health care education for those in need and uninsured.

For more details on these events visit www.TAGD.org. If you would like additional information contact Meg Hulse at 512.244.0577 or Meg@tagd.org.

We are grateful for your participation, your support and your time. Thank you!


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50 Years of Advancing Excellence T h e Te x a s A c a d e m y o f G e n e r a l D e n t i s t r y Tu r n s 5 0 ! Join the Texas Academy of General Dentistry as we celebrate 50 years of excellence! Be on the look out for blasts from the past throughout the year culminating in our biggest party ever at the 2011 Lone Star Dental Conference on September 15-17. We hope you can join us in the celebration of our beginning and looking toward the future!

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MasterTrack and TAGD Sponsored Speaker TAGD Sponsored Speaker at the TEXAS Meeting: Dr. David Little

Texas AGD MasterTrack • How Close Are You? TAGD wants to help you on the road to Fellowship and Mastership If you received your Fellowship before 2003 some of your CE hours might be lost from your transcript. Contact the TAGD office and we will help you recover those hours; you may be closer to Mastership than you think!

2011 MasterTrack Schedule: June 23 - 26, 2011 Omni Southpark Hotel • Austin, TX

November 3 - 6, 2011 Omni Southpark Hotel • Austin, TX

Periodontics

Oral Surgery

Electives

Pediatrics

Texas AGD has worked to make the MasterTrack seminars a true benefit for TAGD members. Each session is $895 for 48 hours of participation CE - That’s only $18 for each hour! For more information visit www.tagd.org or call the TAGD office at 512-244-0577

Implant Dentistry: Enhancing Diagnosis, Case Acceptance, and Restorative Outcomes Using the Latest Technology Thursday, May 5 • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Implant dentistry can enhance the quality of our patients lives. Whether replacing a single tooth or an entire edentulous arch, advancements in technology such as CBCT, planning software, and CAD-CAM allow us to virtually develop a restorative driven treatment plan that produces predictable results. AGD SUBJECT CODE 690

FAGD/MAGD Credit Provider #219328 1/1/06-12/31/10

Learning objectives include: • Diagnosis and treatment planning using CBCT and planning software single tooth to full arch • Learn case acceptance techniques and how to attract implant patients • And much more!

Implant Restorative & Diagnostic Hands-On Thursday, May 5 • 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A Lasting Partnership to Beneet Your Practice and Your Patients To learn more or join our network, call (866) 529-4827 or visit our Web site at www.UnitedConcordia.com

For nearly 40 years, United Concordia has been a responsible, exible partner. Today, we insure more than 8 million members and serve over 28,000 commercial and government accounts - including the TRICARE Dental Program and Active Duty Dental Program. We invite you to join our network and receive access to new patients, competitive reimbursements, convenient tools and information, discount programs for your practice, exceptional service, and more. Plus, we’ll support you in promoting good oral health and its contribution to improved general health to your United Concordia patients.

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Become familiar with the art of restoring dental implants. These steps include fixture level and abutment level impressions abutment selection, provisionalization, and final placement using the latest materials. Learning objectives include: • Learn diagnosis and treatment planning techniques including determining a fair fee • Learn fixture and abutment level impressions and choose proper abutments for implant cases; • Learn to use planning software to treatment plan implant cases. AGD SUBJECT CODE 690 To register for either course visit www.TDA.org


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How Close Are You? MasterTrack is a protocol-type program set up in two-session segments. Each session is three and a half days beginning with protocol presentations on Thursday. If you are a new participant to MasterTrack you will not make a presentation on Thursday. However,

if you choose to attend to watch the other participants’ presentations, you may earn lecture credit for that day. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday begin new topics. Participants that complete the four-year track will earn the minimum participation hours needed for Fellowship or Mastership.

MasterTrack attendees are expected to earn the additional lecture hours at local CE meetings during this period. Hands-on hours earned during the first 500 hours for Fellowship can now be applied to the hours required for Mastership.


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TA G D ’s F i r s t A n n u a l

New Dentist Conference June 24 - 25, 2011

O m ni S outhpark Hotel • Aus t in, T X

Dr. Bill Robbins presents:

Global Diagnosis • Beyond the Smile Line

With the increased emphasis on interdisciplinary treatment in recent years, the deficiencies associated with traditional methods of diagnosis and treatment planning have become more evident and problematic. It is the purpose of this course to provide a systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment planning with a common language that may be used by the orthodontist, periodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as the restorative dentist. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: • Describe 5 Global Diagnoses • Describe the “5 CORE Questions” with their corresponding treatment options • Complete a Global Diagnosis form which will lead to a comprehensive diagnosis • Technique for Esthetic Crown Lengthening Surgery

V i s i t w w w. TA G D . o r g f o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o r t o r e g i s t e r f o r t h i s s e m i n a r JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011


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The AGD is the only organization exclusively dedicated to representing the interest and serving the needs of general dentists. When the periodontal group declared that they were the true gatekeepers of dentistry, the AGD spoke on the general dentists’ behalf to have those comments retracted

When Align Technology™ limited general dentists’ use of its Invisalign™ product with new guidelines, the AGD voiced your concerns and received a grace period on the guidelines - and we haven’t stopped there. The AGD protects your practice by lobbying for legislation in Washington D.C. and on the state level.


AGD Legislative Resources The White Paper

More than 6 million days of bed disability, 12.7 million days of restricted activity, and 20.5 million days of lost work each year are the result of illnesses related to oral health. Yet, most oral health problems are preventable with a prevention model that includes: oral health literacy, sound hygiene, and preventive care available through the dental team concept. To voice the concerns of general dentists against independent mid-level providers and to provide real workable solutions to solve the access to oral health care challenge, the AGD has developed and adopted an official policy on access to care. Read the access to dental care AGD white paper titled, Increasing Access to and Utilization of Oral Health Care Services. AGD will use this policy to take further action with state boards, legislators, dental organizations, the public, and other communities of interest in the upcoming months to address access to dental care.

CapWiz Action Alerts

Capwiz Action Alerts are the AGD’s communications tool that makes reaching legislators on bills and regulations of interest to the dental profession easy. Getting involved through Action Alerts is effortless! JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011

Benefits of Capwiz Action Alerts: • Free and available to anyone! • A central database of legislative activity and advocacy successes. • Keeps a record of communications to legislators when action alerts are issued. • Makes communicating with area newspapers a snap! • Makes taking action simple by providing an online action alert template. • Allows a way to communicate with local Dental Boards and keeps a record of all e-mailed correspondence for follow up.

The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper is TAGD’s online advocacy newsletter that keeps members updated on legislative and regulatory issues that could directly impact their practice. The newsletter is e-mailed on an asneeded basis but archives of previous issues are available online at www.TAGD.org.

TAGD’s Advocacy Web page TAGD has upgraded the advocacy section of the web site! Now it’s easy for members to receive legislative alerts, view the calendar of advocacy events, review TAGD’s proposed legislative agenda, and much more!

General Dentists’ Eyes, Ears & Voices

AGD continuously monitors local legislation so that the organization can communicate the interest of the general dentist to interested parties. In addition, the organization maintains reports and statistics to use as resources when speaking to local legislators on the general dentists’ behalf. Each week the AGD publishes a series of state legislative updates called, General Dentists’ Eyes, Ears and Voices. Visit the AGD web site to learn more about local legislation that the AGD is monitoring or view earlier legislative updates from the AGD

AGDtranscript The AGDtranscript is a quarterly e-newsletter sent to each state dental board in an effort to facilitate greater awareness of dental trends and issues across the nation. As the Academy of General Dentistry worked with Licensing dental boards toward acceptance of the AGD state transcript, it was noticed that happenings in one state were not always publicized to other states. Through this newsletter, the AGD hopes to build a lasting relationship with state licensing agencies while communicating information of interest.

These are just a few of the advocacy tools AGD provides. To learn more visit www.agd.org.


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10 Things to do in Austin during the 2011 Lone Star Dental Conference 1. Enjoy Zilker Park during the Austin City Limits Festival, one of the top music festivals in the country! 2. Enjoy Austin’s best, and nationally renowned, restaurants including Uchiko and Wink. 3. Fabulous shopping in the Warehouse District and the Domain.

4. Take your kids to the Austin Children’s Museum, Bob Bullock Texas 4th and 6th Street districts. History Museum, LBJ Library, or the Imax Theater. 8. Tour the Texas State Capitol located just few blocks from the AT&T 5. Explore the great exhibits at the Blanton Art Museum. Executive Education and Conference Center. 6. Hike the beautiful greenbelt in the heart of Austin. 9. Explore the UT Campus, tour the Tower and DKR Stadium. 7. Enjoy the nightlife at places like Esther’s Follies, Pete’s Piano Bar, 10. Watch millions of bats fly out from under Congress Ave. Bridge.


2011 Lone Star Dental Conference Preview

Come Celebrate With Us!

2011 Lone Star Dental Conference S eptember 15 - 17

AT&T E xecutive E ducation and C onference C enter • A ustin , TX

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of excellence in the

Texas Academy of General Dentistry Our anniversary year will reach its pinnacle at the Lone Star Dental Conference when we hold our biggest party ever! Join us as we recognize those who have helped create the great organization we have today and celebrate as we look toward the future and what ’s to come.

For more information visit www.TAGD.org. The Lone Star Dental Conference will once again be held at the AT&T Conference Center located on the University of Texas campus in the heart of Austin. The AT&T center also houses a four-star hotel; to make reservations in the TAGD room block for the special price of $170 call 512-404-1900. Be sure to ask for the TAGD room block rate. This special price is offered until August 25. *Be sure to book your room early, the Austin City Limits music festival will be held this same weekend. Hotel rooms throughout downtown Austin will fill up quickly! JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011

TAGD’s Featured Speaker:

Dr. Jeff Brucia

Restorative Materials Update & Direct Aesthetic Anterior Restorations: A Partnership of Art and Science Dr. Brucia is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry where he is currently an assistant professor of Dental Practice. He practices aesthetic and restorative dentistry full time in San Francisco, California. Dr. Brucia is the co-director of the FACE institute where he chairs the department of Aesthetics and Adhesive Material Science. His focus is to build a partnership between gnathology, occlusion and adhesion. He is also on the faculty of several university-based postgraduate programs in aesthetic dentistry. Dr. Brucia is the 2011 recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Lecturer Award. In 2010, Dr. Brucia was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and he has also been selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top clinicians in dental CE. Dr. Brucia is past chair of the CDA Board of Managers, Scientific Sessions. He has received Fellowships in the American and International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Doctoral Degree with Delta Sigma Delta. He has worked as a developer and evaluator for new materials with several manufactures and laboratories.


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Register for the 2011 Lone Star Dental Conference Register online: sign up for courses and pay through PayPal or download a registration form and fax to 512-244-0476. Visit www.TAGD.org.

Call the TAGD office at 512-244-0577 (or toll-free 877-464-8243) to sign up over the phone. Be sure to register soon, space is limited in all LSDC courses and workshops.


The Voice of the General Dentist The TAGD Advocacy Fund The TAGD, the only organization that solely represents the interests of general dentists, established the TAGD Advocacy Fund to support the Academy’s government affairs efforts. The fund may be used in support of TAGD’s legislative and regulatory initiatives, including retaining a lobbyist, developing grass roots communications and conducting advocacy training. The fund is not a political action committee and will not be used for campaign contributions. Dentists By Specialty • Total Texas Dentists: 13, 902 Public Health (1%)............................. Prosthodontist (2%)......................... Endodontist (2%)........................... Periodontist (3%).......................... Pediatric Dentist (4%).................. Oral Surgeon (4%)........................

General Dentists (79%)

Orthodontist (5%)........................... Data based on August 2010 TSBDE dentist listing, does not include oral pathologists (37 dentists) or oral/max radiology specialty (with 6 dentists).

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The TAGD Advocacy Fund Levels of Giving Founder................................ $5,000 annually Master.................................... $1500 annually Fellow...................................... $500 annually Member................................... $250 annually Members who donate to any of these levels will receive a lapel pin and special recognition on the TAGD web site, in the TexasGP, and at TAGD Advocacy Events.

The Greater Good Whether it is a discussion regarding the use of mid-level providers, changes in Medicaid reimbursement rates or regulations governing the use of anesthesia, it is essential that our perspective is heard. Just one misguided law or regulation can have a major impact on your ability to provide services, the cost of running your practice, and even the quality of patient care. Your financial investment is needed to help continue effective representation of Texas general dentists.

To learn more about the Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s governmental affairs efforts, or to contribute to the TAGD Advocacy Fund online, visit www.TAGD.org or call 512.244.0577.


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Member Benefits Plus

AGD Benefits Plus

DISCOUNTS AGD Saves Members Money

The AGD offers members discounts on personal and professional services via the Benefits Plus providers.

Save money, build your practice, and protect your investments with AGD Benefits Plus! This program provides numerous benefits and services—such as insurance, financing, and more—to AGD members at a reduced rate!

PERSONAL SERVICES Discounted Car Rental Automotive and Home Insurance Cellular Telephone Service

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Credit Card Processing

Patient Financing

Defibrillator Services

Professional Financing

Medical, Disability, and Life Insurance

Professional and Student Liability Insurance

Emergency Response Systems

Liberty Mutual

For more information about the AGD Benefits Plus program, contact the Administrator, Benefits Plus Program, at benefitsplus@agd.org, or 888.243.3368, ext. 4355. JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011


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Dallas AGD’s Annual Fellowship Exam Review Course The Fellowship Exam Review Course aims to prepare participants to successfully complete the Fellowship Exam in pursuit of their Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

This course is designed to: • Instruct participants how to prepare for the examination • Familiarize participants with exam format • Preview material from the areas that will be covered on the exam

Use the AGD Study Guide as a testing aid *This review will also prepare you for the ABGD written exam

Can’t make it to the course? TAGD has the Review Course online! Visit www.tagd.org for more info.


Online Continuing Education Resources OSHA Program for the Dental Office

AGD Fellowship Exam Review Online! The Fellowship Exam Review online course aims to prepare participants in pursuit of their Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry to successfully complete the Fellowship Exam. The exam can be taken as early as your first year of active membership; it stresses clinical applications of accepted dental knowledge, techniques, and procedures, and consists of multiple-choice questions. This online course, which is administered over two eight-hour sessions, is designed to instruct participants how to prepare for the examination, familiarize participants with exam format and preview material from the areas that will be covered on the exam This review will also prepare participants for the ABGD written exam. *The study guide is not included in the online course • $495 for AGD Members • $595 for Non AGD members

Other Online CE Resources

Advanced Rejuvenation

Dr. Steve Thompson of Plano, Texas hits a home run in presenting this Level IV case. Gaining the skills to provide a complete orognathic rejuvenation is the pinnacle accomplishment in OBI Foundation’s Bioesthetic curriculum. It reflects an advanced application of what the found of Bioesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Robert Lee, describes as “The study or theory of the beauty of living things in their natural forms and functions.”

Oral Cancer, Precancer & Differential Diagnosis of Common Oral Mucosal Conditions This course emphasizes clinical relevance by illustrating and discussing clinical changes, which may represent early malignant or premalignant lesions. You will learn differential diagnosis by illustrating other pathologic conditions that share clinical features with cancerous and precancerous lesions. This course is a three hour video lecture and participants will earn 6 hours of CE credit. *This course is only $69.

TSBDE Approved Online Dental Assistant Course & Exam All dental assistants who still need radiology registration with the TSBDE will need to take and pass a TSBDE-approved course and exam covering required objectives in jurisprudence, infection control and radiology. The goal of the TAGD’s Dental Assistant Course is to provide sufficient information to help dental assistants gain knowledge and understanding of the critical concepts associated with each of these areas in order to facilitate success in each examination.

All dental office employees can now receive OSHA and HIPAA training online from the comfort of their own computer. The course is approximately one hour and forty-five minutes in duration, once completed, this course awards 3.5 hours of CE. This course will cover: • Hazard communication and exposure control plans. • An overview of the HIPAA rules, including the penalty rules (fines). • HIPAA issues that might occur in a dental office. The course will include a short course on bloodborne pathogens of which training is required annually. • $159 for AGD members • $189 for Non-AGD members

Blood-borne Pathogens Annual Training & HIPAA Reminders

TAGD also now offers an online OSHA and HIPAA annual update course. The program is forty-five minutes in duration and once completed, the registered participant may print and fill out a training record form for themselves and other participants. This course will satisfy OSHA’s requirement for an annual blood-borne pathogen update. This course offers 1.5 hours of CE. • $89 for AGD members • $119 for Non-AGD members

Fo r a d d i t i o n a l i n f o r m a t i o n o n a l l o f o u r c o n v e n i e n t o n l i n e C E c o u r s e s v i s i t w w w. TA G D. o r g JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011


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AGD Member Benefits

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AGD Works to Improve Your Practice Insurance Contract Analysis

AGD experts will discuss your contract with you and identify potentially harmful clauses. For example, clauses that may require you to cover costs incurred by the insurance company, or information within the contract that may allow the insurance company to decide whether the services you render to your patient are necessary. If you have a contract that you would like to discuss with an AGD expert, please contact the AGD’s Director, Dental Care Advocacy, at 888.243.3368, extension 4973, or dentalcare@agd.org.

KnowYourTeeth.com KnowYourTeeth.com is a direct result of your request. The 2008 Academy of General Dentistry Market Research project concluded with a defined directive from our membership to offer more resources to educate patients and the public at-large about oral health care. Subsequently, the AGD conducted in-depth research to determine the best methods to use and whom to educate to satisfy our members’ requests. KnowYourTeeth.com is the culmination of all of these efforts.

Online Marketing Toolkit From a dental diary widget that reminds your patients to call for an appointment, to a special family online dental health section, AGD can help you build a site to engage and educate patients. From KnowYourTeeth.com to AGD’s web page builder, we will help you get up and running online. AGD also has member stickers you can include on your web site, e-mail forwarding, an online member directory, a career center, and much more! Visit www.AGD.org to find out more information on these great features.

Oral Health Fact Sheets Share the AGD Oral Health Fact Sheets with your patients in two great ways – either print them for your office or embed them on your web site. Both options allow you to offer your patients customized fact sheets that feature information on the most common oral health issues and it automatically includes your name and practice address. You can find these on the practice management section of the AGD web site with over 50 different documents to choose from. JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011

From the office of: Amy Knitt 409 W Main St Round Rock, TX 78664-5831 (877) 464-8243

TEEN’S ORAL HEALTH

AGD:FACTSHEET

Compiled for you by the Academy of General Dentistry

TEEN’S ORAL HEALTH Should I limit drinking soda?

YES! Whether at school, home or on the weekends, teens are drinking more soda than they have in the past. In 1977, 12 to 19-year-olds drank 16 ounces of soda a day. In 1996, this same age group consumed an average of 28 ounces a day. Not only is sugar harmful to teeth, acidic flavor additives can also erode and damage tooth enamel. There are simple ways you can limit the harmful effects of sodas. Try sipping soda through a straw. It cuts down on the contact the beverage has with your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda. It can also reduce the risk of cavities.

FACT > > > A typical 12-once can of regular soda contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar.

FACT > > > The average male in the 12- to 19-year age group drinks the equivalent of 868 cans a year.

Why should I make time for healthy habits? Quick meals in the form of “nutrition” bars and fast food help keep you alert and on schedule between school, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs. However, today’s fast-paced lifestyle threatens to leave the teen generation with permanent damage to oral and overall health. You can keep travel-size brushes in lockers or back packs. Chewing sugarless gum with xylitol after meals or snacks can also help cleanse your mouth. Drinking water throughout the day can help clean your teeth of excess bacteria and food debris.

Why should I avoid oral piercings? Tongue piercing remains a teen trend, however it is not always a healthy choice for your mouth. People chip teeth on tongue piercings while eating, sleeping, talking and chewing on the jewelry. Tongue piercing commonly causes fractured teeth. The fracture can be confined to tooth enamel and require a filling, or it may go deeper; in which case, can cause a need for a root canal or extraction. Infections are also common with oral piercings, and they cause more than pain. A tongue can swell after being punctured, however in some cases the tongue becomes infected and swells so much that it may cut off breathing. Unclean piercing equipment can cause other infections, such as bloodborne hepatitis.

> For more information, visit www.agd.org or call 1.877.2X.A.YEAR (1.877.292.9327).

Teens should be sure to see their dentist at least twice a year. Regular dental visits can help catch minor problems before they become major ones!


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TexasGP Headlines from the Past

A Special Convocation

Left to right: Dr. Ross Woodul, TAGD President; Dr. Kenneth Randolph, Dean of Baylor College of Dentistry; Dr. Henry Huffacker, patient and award recipient.

Special Delivery

Left to right: Dr. Rusty Schlattman presented the award as president of Houston AGD; Dr. Bonnie Savoy and her son John; Dr. John Savoy

John Savoy III arrived just in time to see his mother, Dr. Bonnie Savoy, receive the TAGD Award for the Outstanding Senior Dental Student in General Dentistry. TexasGP • Vol. VIII No. 2. October 1982 Dr. Rusty Schlattman and Dr. Gary Rainwater were named co-winners of the Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s 1996 Dentist of the Year Award, the most prestigious award in Texas for dentists. Dr. Rainwater later received the trophy from Dr. Schlattman during the Dallas Mid-Winter Dental Meeting. TexasGP • Winter 1996-97

Co-Winners Take TAGD Dentist of the Year Award JOURNAL OF THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY • WINTER 2011

Left to right: TAGD President Dr. Gus Gates presents the award to Dr. Rusty Schlattman

While driving to the AGD Annual Meeting to receive his Fellowship Award, Dr. Henry Hoffacker was forced to take a detour to the hospital due to a medical emergency. Later, TAGD President Dr. Ross Woodul, presented Dr. Hoffacker with his well-deserved AGD Fellowship Award. TexasGP • Vol. III No. 1. January 1977

Fort Worth AGD Installation 1976

Left to right: Past President, Dr. John Park; Second Vice President, Dr. James Burnett; First Vice President, Dr. Jack Wilson; President, Dr. Swan Richardson. The installing officers, Dr. Ed Hodges


TAGD Member to be AGD President Texas Dentist of the Year

Charter member of the TAGD, Dr. Charles Pugh, received the Dentist of the Year award in 1979. TexasGP • Vol. V No. 1. March 1979

Left to right: AGD Vice President Dr. Burton Schwartz, Mrs. Carol Rogers and Dr. Sam Rogers.

Dr. Schwartz and Mrs. Rogers look on as Dr. Rogers is sworn in as AGD President Elect at the AGD meeting in Toronto. TexasGP • Vol. IX No. 2. December 1983

The effort to seek single-state region status for Texas begun in 1985 when Dr. Gene Allen was president and came to fruition under the leadership of Dr. Bob Wynne of Houston who became president after Dr. Allen. With membership steadily increasing it was time for TAGD to become it’s own region. TexasGP • September 1986

Why in the World do You Need the Web?

If you haven’t been able to come up with a good reason to go online, well here is a great one...TAGD.org! The TAGD web site, although still in its infancy, is an excellent resource for TAGD members. TexasGP • Vol. 26 No. 2. Spring 2000


Texas Academy of General Dentistry 409 West Main Street Round Rock, TX 78664 www.tagd.org

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Or New Dentist Special Dues Rates - State & National  2007 Graduate $465  2008 Graduate $355  2009 Graduate $244 2010/1st year Graduate or Resident $141 Local Component Dues $_________ Dues vary by component area, see chart

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