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Summer 2015 Case Report Video Now Available:

See Case J.G. (Drs. Kjeld Aamodt and Sneha Oberoi)


Do you think braces or other orthodontic treatment may be in your child’s future?  PCSO’s own Dr. Paul Kasrovi answers questions for those just getting started. click here to access article

Special Issue on Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on CBCT. Included are clinical columns and “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions about CBCT posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

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ADA SCDI to meet in November

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:51:23 -0700

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics will hold meetings Nov. 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 with an Opening Plenary session. SCDI working groups will meet Nov. 2-3, while the SCDI Plenary session will take place at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

Also on Nov. 4, participants can attend a special educational symposium on dental coding, “Taking the Mystery out of Dental Coding: A Standards Perspective.”

All SCDI meetings are free, but advance registration is required. Discounted hotel reservations are available.

For further information on the ADA SCDI meeting, please contact Paul Bralower at 1-800-621-8099, ext. 4129 or email

For hotel and registration information, please contact Marilyn Ward at 1-800-621-8099, ext. 2506 or email

The SCDI meeting precedes ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting, which is Nov. 5-10 in Washington, D.C. Registration is open at

UIC dental student to serve veterans as Schweitzer fellow

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:51:23 -0700

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry announced June 25 that student Nisha Garg will spend a year working to address barriers that affect the health of military veterans as a 2015 Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

Ms. Garg said the fellowship program gives her “the opportunity to design a yearlong community service project that catered towards an underserved population of my choosing.”

Her goal is to provide oral hygiene information to military veterans who are ineligible for dental health care.

Named after famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, Schweitzer Fellows work to address barriers facing underserved communities and develop lifelong leadership skills as they tackle complex health needs — skills they will use throughout their professional careers, said Ray Wang, program director of the Schweitzer Fellowship program of Chicago.

“Nisha joins a distinguished group of prior students from the college that have received this honor and have participated in the rich experiences the fellowship offers,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, associate dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences.

Through seminars that she plans to host at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, Ms. Garg hopes to serve as a resource for veterans deemed ineligible for VA dental care.

“My seminars will provide information on how to properly maintain oral hygiene, along with how oral health directly relates to the health of the entire body,” Ms. Garg said.

For information about the Schweitzer Fellowships, call 1-312-372-4292, ext. 24.

EBD conference can teach dentists to help communicate with patients

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:51:23 -0700

Dr. Jetter
Even though her involvement in practice-based research predated her first ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference in 2013, Dr. Cynthia Jetter knows what it’s like to get caught up in clinical duties.

“When you’re in practice every day, you don’t always think about the research that’s going on,” said Dr. Jetter, who with her husband, Dr. Donald Jetter, runs a practice in Voorhees, New Jersey. “Let’s face it, there’s only so much time in a day.”

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and its website disseminates the most current scientific evidence and helps dentists implement the current best evidence in practice. After Dr. Jetter attended the Champions Conference, she said she understands it takes only a few minutes a day to become a better consumer of the available scientific literature.

“A few minutes here, a few minutes there,” Dr. Jetter said about using the ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry website, where critical summaries of recent research are aggregated and highlighted. “Sometimes I’ll take 20 or 30 minutes to update myself.”

Soon, others like Dr. Jetter will have the opportunity to become evidence-based dentistry champions.

This year the Champions Conference is Nov. 3-4 in Washington D.C., preceding ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting.

Here, participants can learn what Evidence-Based Dentistry is and how to apply its principles and tools in clinical decision-making.

Dr. Jetter said attending the conference helped her understand the impact and breadth of dental-related research. It also helps her communicate with her patients, she said.

When patients have specific questions, sometimes she prints the plain language summaries of reports and articles for patients to help explain her treatment plans for them.

“It’s excellent we have a place where we can turn to in order to show patients how our decisions are actually based in science,” Dr. Jetter said. “It elevates dentistry.”

Dr. Jetter said when patients have questions about their root canal procedure or whether an electronic toothbrush is better than a traditional one, she can visit to supplement her answers for them with documented research.

“It makes you more effective for patients,” she said. “If you make yourself available to learn and read and become familiar with the EBD website, you can see everything else that’s going on — since it isn’t possible to personally go through all those studies.”

For more information or to register for the 2015 Champions Conference, visit