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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.

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Dr. Robert Weyant earns inaugural ADA/AADR EBD Faculty Award

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:40:18 -0800

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Supporting evidence: Dr. Robert Weyant, center, is the first recipient of the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award. Dr. Weyant poses with then-ADA President Charles Norman, left, and AADR President Timothy DeRouen. Photo by EZ Event Photography
San Antonio
— The ADA and American Association for Dental Research awarded the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award, a new joint honor, to longtime evidence-based dentistry advocate Dr. Robert Weyant Oct. 8 at the AADR's Fall Focused Symposium, which preceded ADA 2014.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award.  To be recognized by my peers and colleagues is humbling," Dr. Weyant said.

The award acknowledges a dental faculty member who has made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry. As the recipient, Dr. Weyant received a $1,000 award.

Dr. Weyant is a professor and associate dean for Dental Public Health and Community Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He also is a longtime lecturer at the annual ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference, held annually at ADA Headquarters.

The inaugural ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award is an important honor to introduce to EBD, Dr. Weyant said.

"This award brings attention to the area of evidence-based dentistry, an area that I am strongly committed to seeing expand in scope within dental schools and in clinical practice," he said. "By acknowledging faculty who support the teaching and research associated with EBD, I believe that it will add to the visibility and importance placed on EBD in the dental school curriculum. Teaching EBD in dental schools is key to ensuring that the profession remains evidence-based into the future."

Timothy A. DeRouen, Ph.D., AADR president, also considers the award an important one in dentistry, especially for strengthening the relationship between the co-creators.

"It signifies a collaboration between the ADA and the AADR — between practice and research," Dr. DeRouen said. "It helps to solidify ties between one organization, the ADA, whose primary focus is on practice and practitioners, and AADR, whose primary focus is on research in dentistry."

Dr. DeRouen was part of the committee that selected Dr. Weyant as the award's first recipient.  "It's clear that he's been a leader in this area for some time," Dr. DeRouen said. "He's been involved in teaching others about principles of evidence-based research and evidence-based dentistry for some time, and has been a leader in the science of evidence-based dentistry as far as understanding what kind of evidence needs to be developed and understanding what kind of information is needed to convince practitioners that they need to rely on this evidence to change their practice, if that's what's called for."

Interactive Super Session eyes impact of EBD on practice

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:40:18 -0800

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Weighing in: A participant votes on a question during the interactive session.
San Antonio
— Participants logged on and weighed in on third molar extractions Oct. 10 in a session designed to explore the role of scientific evidence in practice.

Moderator Julie Frantsve-Hawley, R.D.H., Ph.D. and presenters Drs. Robert Weyant and Thomas Dodson launched the session by helping participants access online polling technology which initially quizzed them on their favorite San Antonio cuisine to make sure they were signed on and tuned in. (Tacos edged out barbecue ribs 48 percent to 33 percent, and cornbread and clam chowder trailed behind.)

Presenters and participants used the polling technology as a starting point for a discussion on systematic reviews of third molar extractions and how and where to access them.

"Systematic reviews can be a concise way to review a comprehensive summary of the extensive literature available," Dr. Weyant said. "SRs are a front line weapon against information overload. A lot of clinicians also get information from colleagues and continuing education courses, but online resources like the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, the Cochrane Library, PubMed and Google Scholar are an easy go-to."

Dr. Dodson asked participants if studies influence their clinical decisions and noted that "evidence-based decision-making isn't advocating a position, but seeing where the data take you. Wisdom teeth are just a microcosm of the risks and benefits we need to explain to our patients. We need to give them the most balanced treatment options we can."

Presenters also noted that clinicians should talk with patients to find out what they are thinking and that a large percentage of patients accept treatment plans because they have dental insurance.

"I like EBD because I am better able to give my patients a perspective on what risks they might face down the road if they opt to wait on a treatment," said Dr. Alma Garza, a San Antonio dentist who has practiced for more than 25 years. "I might tell a patient with periocoronitis that he or she may need a wisdom tooth extraction. About one in five will say OK. But it may have to happen two or three times before they agree. And later they will say, 'I wish I had done this sooner.'"

Women dentists gather in San Antonio

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:40:18 -0800

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Welcome: Dr. Tawana Lee-Ware, AAWD president, welcomes women dentists to the organization's 93rd annual meeting.
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Healthy to-do list: Dr. Barbara Steinberg discusses the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, sleep, stress relief and fun Oct. 9 during the first session of the American Association of Women Dentists Annual Meeting at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
San Antonio
— Dr. Barbara Steinberg led the opening program for the American Association of Women Dentists Annual Meeting Oct. 9 with some no-nonsense advice on how to put yourself first in Forever Young: Taking Care of #1.

The AAWD meeting was held in conjunction with ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting in San Antonio.

AAWD President Tawana Lee-Ware, a pediatric dentist in Nashville, Tennessee, introduced Dr. Steinberg, who began her course with a word of thanks to AAWD.

"It was the AAWD that gave me my chance to arrive on the national lecture circuit in 1979," Dr. Steinberg told the audience. "Before 1979, there were no female clinicians on a national program. But the AAWD took a chance on me and I will be forever grateful to this organization for giving me my start in doing what I love — speaking and teaching."

Dr. Steinberg provided an action-packed hour of tips for busy women dentists on something she said they may not be experienced at: putting their personal health concerns on their to-do list.

She told the audience she was doing something she wouldn't normally do — wearing a pink dress — to remind the audience that it was both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, two observances designed to remind women of the importance of putting themselves first.

Her talk covered the gamut of physical, social and emotional health practices that can help women not only be healthier and happier but also to be more effective leaders.

She noted that "for us dentists, we already know the importance of brushing and flossing, but healthy eating and exercise should be automatic practices for us, just like brushing and flossing."

In addition to discussing healthful eating and exercise, she also touched on the importance of sleep, stress relief, meditation, laughter, sex and knowing how to prevent heart disease and spot the signs of a heart attack — signs that can be different in women than in men.

"Women may experience extreme fatigue, weakness and sleeplessness for a month before a myocardial infarction," she said. "This is not something men typically experience. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in all women and there are disparities across the board as far as health care for women with heart disease. Women have a higher risk of dying of heart disease than men. So we need to be educated about prevention strategies and recognizing signs and symptoms."

The day-long meeting also included a working lunch with exhibitors; Top Tips for Posterior Composites by Dr. Lee Ann Brady; See Jane Lead: What Every Woman in Dentistry Needs to Know by Amy Morgan; and the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lee-Ware, Building Your Practice Success: How to Be a Great Leader at Every Stage of Your Practice.