Kudos to the Hellenic American Dental Society for its work at the CDS Foundation Clinic Feb. 24-28. Its team of volunteers ran the treatment rooms during the inaugural Greek Week, with spectacular results:
- Produced $11,546 in donated dental service
- Placed 35 fillings
- Extracted 18 teeth
- Competed treatment on 5 patients
Many thanks to Drs. LaValle, Kouracos, Marinis, George, Kanellos, Lo, Papadimitriou and Haralampopolos, and honorary Greeks Dr. Sullivan and King, for their efforts that week.
There are still open operatories in the March and April calendars. Ask these volunteers about their experience, and then see for yourself. Call Dottie at 630.260.8530 if you have time to serve.
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The 15 winners of the CDS Foundation’s 2014 Midwinter Meeting raffle have been notified, and they are a very excited group! The CDS Foundation Board of Directors thanks all who stopped by its booth in the Exhibit Hall Feb. 20-22 to purchase a raffle ticket.
The CDS Foundation also sends out tremendous thanks to donors who provided the sought-after prizes:
- Bisco Dental Products
- Dr. Kimberley Bolden
- Bosworth Company
- The CDS Foundation
- Ms. Robin Gathman
- Dr. Mary Hayes
- Henry Schein Dental
- Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co.
- Lang Dental Mfg. Co., Inc.
- Dr. Barbara Mousel
- Patterson Dental
- Whip Mix Corporation
Further questions about the raffle and the CDS Foundation can be directed to the interim executive director Kathy Bell at 312.836.7301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 149th Midwinter Meeting welcomed 1,351 international attendees representing 82 countries, from Albania to Venezuela. Many of them stopped by the International Lounge for a break in the action.
Those who did were entered in a raffle. CDS congratulates winners Juliano Facioli, of Brazil, and Jean Charles Rivioire, of France.
“We are grateful for all those attendees and exhibitors who traveled from distant lands to help make the Midwinter Meeting a truly international success,” said CDS past president David Fulton Jr.
Screenings by dentists for the most common chronic medical diseases could save the American health care system as much as $102.6 million annually, according to a new study conducted by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC).
The findings were published Feb. 13 in the American Journal of Public Health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.8 percent of the U.S. population has undiagnosed hypertension, 2.7 percent has undiagnosed diabetes and 8.2 percent has undiagnosed high cholesterol. Screening for these conditions in dental offices could lead to savings of up to $102.6 million, or $33 per person screened, and healthier outcomes for patients.
“As many as 27 million people visit a dentist but not a physician in a given year,” Kamyar Nasseh, PhD, lead author of the study said in a prepared release. “This presents an opportunity for dentists to be part of an integrated health care team working to combat chronic illnesses.”
There is potential for additional savings over the long term through prevention, health promotion, and early interventions that the study did not model.
“We have long known that the mouth is the window to the body,” said ADA President Charles H. Norman.“But we have an increased understanding about roles that dentists can play in detecting chronic, systemic disease. This study shows that dentists can contribute to reduced health care costs in the U.S. by screening for chronic conditions.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all American adults suffer from chronic illnesses, which account for more than 75 percent of health care costs and 70 percent of deaths each year in the United States. Chronic diseases are estimated to cost the country $153 billion annually in lost productivity.
To celebrate our sesquicentennial, 10 friends of the Chicago Dental Society worked last fall to transform four-foot fiberglass molars into works of art. But only four will get to spend the summer months on Michigan Avenue.
Vote once per day for your favorite molar – and check back in April to see which teeth come out on top! Voting runs through midnight, March 31.