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Permanent link  CDS Election of Officers to be held Nov. 5


The CDS Election of Officers will be held Nov. 5 during the Regional Meeting at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The 2015 officer nominees are:

  • Susan Becker Doroshow: President
  • George Zehak: President-elect
  • Phillip Fijal: Secretary
  • Louis Imburgia: Vice President
  • Cheryl Watson-Lowry: Treasurer

The Installation of Officers will take place Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Hotel InterContinental, 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. 

  • Champagne Reception: 7 p.m.
  • Installation of Officers: 7:30 p.m.
  • Gala Dessert Reception: 8:30 p.m.


Permanent link  CDS Foundation will host 5th annual wine tasting benefit


Wine & Roses 2014

The Chicago Dental Society Foundation has finalized plans for the fifth annual Evening of Wine and Roses, a wine tasting benefit to support access to care and dental education in Chicagoland.

All guests 21 and over – dentists, as well as their friends, neighbors and colleagues – are welcome at the Hu-Friedy Manufacturing — Performance Center, 1666 E. Touhy Ave., Des Plaines Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and in addition to a wine tasting and appetizers, there will be a silent auction and several raffle items. Tickets are on sale now in the CDS Store

“Bring your significant other. Reward your staff for their hard work. Invite your neighbor as repayment for the lawnmower you borrowed in June and didn’t return until August,” encouraged Events Committee chair Dave Lang, of Lang Dental Mfg. Co. “Mention this event to any professional you may work with that would be interested in talking to some of the most influential dentists in the country. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.”

Added CDS Foundation Chair Mary Hayes, “This has become a signature fund raising event of the CDS Foundation over the years. With continued success, we can make an even more significant impact on the oral health of the communities we serve.”

However, the fun to be had pales in comparison to the CDS Foundation’s mission. The registered 501(c)3 organization provides financial support to programs administered by more than 20 community agencies — and it maintains a full-service clinic in DuPage County. The Wheaton office is open full-time and staffed by volunteer dentists and hygienists who in 2014 have already seen twice as many patients as they had last year at this time.

“The CDS Foundation addresses very important issues affecting the well being of a large underserved dental population in northeastern Illinois,” Mr. Lang explained. “This event allows us to get together as friends and colleagues with some of the most influential people in our profession and industry to meet socially for the express purpose of raising funds to achieve our stated goals.

“It further allows us to get feedback directly from people whose opinions are very important to us.”

The Evening of Wine and Roses event is the Foundation’s largest event, and funds raised that night enable the CDS Foundation to extend its reach further into communities throughout the Chicago Dental Society’s tri-county region.

“Our current resources only allow us to partially fund the requests we receive throughout the year,” Mr. Lang said. “There is so much more we can accomplish with the appropriate resources. We have the vision and commitment. What we need now is a financial boost from our friends.”

Buy tickets online in the CDS Store, or for more information contact the CDS Foundation at 312.836.7301.


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Permanent link  Donated Orthodontic Services program helps families get the care they need


CDS was recently reminded by our colleagues at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that its members are eager to work!

Volunteer orthodontists are looking for patients to participate in the Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program, which has been providing free care since 2009 to children whose families can not afford needed orthodontic treatment. 

The eligibility requirements are few:

  • Patient must be a resident of the state of Illinois
  • Prospective patients must not currently be in braces or in between phases of treatment
  • Patients must be between the ages of 11 and 18
  • In general, families must be “working poor” and/or Medicaid eligible
  • Patient must be ineligible for orthodontic treatment through insurance or public aid, such as the All Kids program. 

 Thanks to the generosity of orthodontists who donate one or two cases per year to this program, 113 Illinois children have completed $542,136 worth of orthodontic treatment they otherwise would not have received.

Perhaps you treat some families in your practice who can not afford orthodontic treatment for their children or have Medicaid that will not cover such services. Share with them an application for the DOS program, found at, or call Kizzly Blue, DOS Coordinator, at 720.287.6183.  

The only fee charged is $200 after acceptance into the program.




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Permanent link  Tickets still available for the 150th Anniversary Gala


Join your colleagues to celebrate how the Chicago Dental Society has been Keeping Chicago Smiling for 150 Years at our 150th Anniversary Gala Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Shedd Aquarium.

Tickets are available now through Wednesday, Aug. 13 in the CDS Store for $125 each. You must be logged into the website as a CDS member to purchase tickets.  Non-members may purchase tickets by phone at 312.836.7300.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as self-guided tours of the Oceanarium, beginning at 7 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. 

Stay to see the Caribbean Reef Dive at 9 p.m.

Seating is limited. Guests may purchase a maximum of two tickets to this event.


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Permanent link  Gov. Quinn signs bill to reform state Medicaid system


Medicaid bill signing

Adult Medicaid patients again will be eligible for dental care after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure reform of the state’s Medicaid system June 16.

After enacting wide cutbacks amid the state’s financial crisis in 2012, Gov. Quinn signed Senate Bill 741 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, revamping Medicaid funding formulas and restoring preventative dental and podiatric care for adult patients, effective July 1.

Since 2012, adults enrolled in Medicaid suffering from tooth infections or other dental illness had little choice but to turn to hospital emergency rooms for care. In turn, local dental clinics and dental school clinics saw their patient loads dry up, cutting off learning experience for upper-classmen and forcing those patients with dental emergencies to turn to already overwhelmed hospital ERs.

The cost turned out to be enormous as well: a hospital emergency room visit costs $6,500, pushing up Medicaid costs overall as well as putting emergency dental treatment in the hands of medical professionals rather than dentists.

“This legislation is a critical step forward as we continue to reform our Medicaid system,” Governor Quinn said. “The reforms will help us modernize and streamline our Medicaid system to ensure we are working efficiently and effectively on behalf of taxpayers. Millions of Illinois residents depend on Medicaid for their health care needs and this law will help ensure we provide the services and protections they deserve.”

"We are ecstatic that that (the Legislature) reinstated the benefit,'' said Dr. Cheryl Watson-Lowry, chair of the Government Affairs and Access Advocacy Committee, noting that the Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society have been working hard the last two years to restore Medicaid funding for adult dental care. 

"Now we need to work on getting the word out among Medicaid recipients. These are people who were turned away for dental treatment before, and now they may not realize they can apply for and get benefits," she said..

Both the Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society strongly advocated for the return of adult dental care for Medicaid patients.