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Special Issue on TADs

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Included are clinical columns and a new column entitled “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions on a single topic posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

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2012 Strategies for Challenging Times

Dr. Gerry Samson, (Macon, GA) and Dr. Jerry Nelson, (San Francisco, CA), hold  a conversation that will definitely interest residents and orthodontists in their first decade of practice. How can you sustain patient family and dental colleague loyalty, a key to a successful practice life?  This, and many other questions,  submitted by residents, practitioners, and PCSO leaders, stimulate the discussion. As always, this podcast is free and available for download 24/7 so members can listen whenever and wherever they like.

Download now our latest installment in our Podcast series as Dr. Gerry Samson answers questions from some of our residents and practitioners.

ADA leads on access to dental health issues

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:30 -0700

ADA leader: Association President Charles Norman opens the Washington Leadership Conference Monday with an overview of the Action for Dental Health report.

Washington—Key opinion leaders view the ADA as a leader on access to dental health issues because of the efforts of member dentists through Action for Dental Health, Dr. Charles Norman told the nation's dental leaders in opening the May 19-21 Washington Leadership Conference.

"As our newly released Report to Congress shows, dentists have been making a difference," Dr. Norman, ADA president, said as the Association released Year One: 2014 A Report to Congress on the Action for Dental Health movement launched May 15, 2013, at the National Press Club.

No sooner was the report released and the WLC underway than media took note. Politico Pulse, a tipsheet "examining the latest in health care policy every weekday morning," reported, "Dentists to Congress: Open Wide—This morning the American Dental Association is trying to persuade Congress to pass a $20 million bill increasing access to dental care with a report highlighting the work dentists have done around the country over the last year. If lawmakers pass Action for Dental Health, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois, it'll provide millions to state and local organizations providing dental care to the underserved, ADA says."

A baseline quantitative survey of key opinion makers conducted in the first quarter of 2014 measured their awareness and perception of the ADA as a leader on access to dental health issues, Dr. Norman said. Among the key findings:

*ADA is favored by a 4 to 1 margin as the leading organization to help solve the lack of access to dental care.

Past and Present members of the New Dentist Committee
WLC meet-up: Past and present members of the ADA New Dentist Committee are among those attending the conference. From left are Drs. Timothy Oh (NDC-Maine), Dan Bruce (NDC-Idaho), Rob Leland (past NDC chair-Massachusetts), Irene Marron-Tarrazzi (NDC-Florida) and Cesar Sabates (Florida), member, ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.
Photos by Bill Geiger

*Nearly 3 out of 4 respondents (71 percent) prefer a "community based approach" led by local dentists to improve access to dental care over the alternative of allowing non-dentists to perform dental care.

*Less than a year after launch and with no advertising budget to support it, a remarkable 14 percent of respondents have heard of Action for Dental Health and of those, 75 percent are aware that the ADA is the driving force behind it.

"These findings clearly indicate that key opinion leaders view the ADA as a leader on access to dental health issues because of the efforts of member dentists through the Action for Dental Health," Dr. Norman told the dental leaders. "Our message is getting out there. ADA is the go to source."

The survey results will be shared with dental society leaders and used internally to continue to shape Action for Dental Health activities but will not be shared publicly, Dr. Norman said.

ADAF awards Allied Dental Student Scholarships for 2014

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:30 -0700

The ADA Foundation today announced the winners of its 2014 Allied Dental Student Scholarships, including two Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships and 30 scholarships awarded to dental hygiene, dental assisting and dental laboratory technology students.

The ADA Foundation launched the Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships, worth up to $2,500 each, in February through a generous donation from Young Dental, Inc. The new scholarships target two outstanding dental hygiene students selected for their exceptional outreach activities, volunteerism and leadership qualities. 

Dental hygiene students Jillian T. Lydon, a student at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and Tiffany L. Streeter, a student at Central Carolina Community College in Stanford, North Carolina, won the 2014 ADA Foundation Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships. 

The ADAF annually awards up to 30 scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, to 15 dental hygiene students, 10 dental assisting students and five dental laboratory technology students. Recipients of these scholarships include: 

Dental Hygiene Scholarships (15 scholarships)—Katelyn Chappell, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry; Shelli Chon, Concorde Career College-Garden Grove; Stacy Foster, San Joaquin Valley College; Wendi Gray, West Virginia University; Antonio Mejia, Concorde Career College; Datevig Mesrobian, West Coast University; Rebecca Mitchell, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry; Shelby Moeke, Ferris State University; Gina Moreland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Luciana Nikolajevic, New York University; Jenna St. Clair, West Liberty University; Heidi Townsend, Quinsigamond Community College; Arika Uselton, Concorde Career College-Kansas City; Lindsay Waters, Lansing Community College Dental Hygiene; and Kenda Wavra, Oregon Tech at Chemeketa Community College. 

Dental Assisting Scholarships (10 scholarships)—Laurie Adkins, Baker College of Auburn Hills; Jennifer Bettuchy, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology; Caitlyn Crawford, Northeast Iowa Community College; Ruth Diffley, Saint Cloud Technical and Community College; Mariheta Granados, Orlando Technical Center; Alana Hamby, Vatterott College; Tressa Jares, Central Lakes College; Robin Kropff, Cypress College; Leah Mancino, Linn-Benton Community College; and Kelly Toole, Harrisburg Area Community College. 

Dental Laboratory Technology Scholarships (five scholarships)—Andrew Blank, Durham Technical Community College; Avo Eginyan, Pasadena City College; Monique Ellis, Bates Technical College; Kerri Schlosser, Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne; and Carl Chu Hyong Yu, New York City College of Technology. 

For more information or to make a donation to this or other ADA Foundation programs, visit

Members of Congress praise profession at WLC

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:30 -0700

Sen. Cardin: “I come here first to thank you for what you do every day.”

Capitol view: Drs. Michael Biermann (left) and Patrick Hagerty pause after meeting with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s staff during the WLC.

Rep. Peter Roskam: Thanked the group for supporting his colleague, Rep. Mike Simpson.

Rep. Mike Simpson: The Idaho dentist came to the WLC meeting the day of the Idaho primary, which he won.
Washington—Members of Congress came to the May 19-21 Washington Leadership Conference to praise the profession.

"I come here first to thank you for what you do every day," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told the dental leaders May 20. Introduced by Dr. Diane Romaine, he praised his constituent as "an outstanding professional in an area short of health professionals" and for "giving back to her community."

"It's important that oral health be part of the conversation," said Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who introduced the ADA-backed Action for Dental Health Act. "My bill aligns with several activities of ADA's nationwide Action for Dental Health."

"I deeply appreciate the work you do," said Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., who came to praise a dentist, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, as "a great colleague but beyond that he's been a great member of Congress" and to thank the dental leaders for supporting Rep. Simpson's campaign for re-election.

Rep. Simpson came to the WLC on the day of his contested primary election in Idaho to join the ADA and Army Dental Corps leadership in thanking Judy Sherman, recently retired director of congressional affairs in ADA's Washington Office, for her service to the profession, Congress and military research. "I'd rather be here honoring Judy than to be in Idaho because there's not a lot I can do in Idaho today. Hopefully it will end well tonight."

And it did, with the incumbent congressman winning a reported 62 percent of the May 20 Republican primary vote.

When not listening to political insights from Washington leaders, many of the 523 WLC registrants canvassed Capitol Hill to offer information to members of Congress and key congressional staff on legislative and regulatory issues important to the profession.

Dr. Patrick Hagerty, Dr. Michael Biermann and Oregon Dental Association executive director Conor McNulty found Sen. Ron Wyden's staffer, Justin Smith, M.D., receptive to information on the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid recovery audit contractor program, student loan reform legislation and the ADA-backed Action for Dental Health bill. Sen. Wyden, D-Ore., chairs the Finance Committee.

Also on the conference agenda were Grassroots Advocate Awards, which were announced at the WLC breakfast May 20. They included ADPAC membership awards to:

  • Single state district with highest participation, Illinois;
  • Multistate district with highest participation, 5th District—Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi;
  • Single state district with highest total receipts, New York;
  • Multistate district with highest total receipts, 11th District—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Dr. Charles McGinty, ADPAC chair-elect, announced two awards "for outstanding individuals:"

  • Dr. David White, one of 32 new dentists at the 2014 WLC. "For the first year the ADPAC Board has decided to recognize a new dentist who has excelled in the field of advocacy. Our new dentists are the future of our profession and will ultimately be responsible for the future of oral health care and dentistry. The most outstanding new dentist advocate will be a dentist that has contributed to ADPAC, met with members of Congress and had a great influence on elected representatives."

  • Dr. Gary Oyster, the Jack Wilson Award named for ADPAC's founder. "This award is not given every year and is given at the sole discretion of the ADPAC Board. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding service to the American Dental Political Action Committee and federal political activities on behalf of organized dentistry. ADPAC chooses to present this prestigious award in honor of the tremendous amount of time and energy that an individual dedicates to ADPAC."