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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.


Permanent link  Instructions for buying tickets to CDS Summer Event at Ravinia


We hope you'l join your colleagues for a CDS Members-only special event at Ravinia Festival this fall. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 4, at 9 a.m.

Enjoy dinner under the Ravinia tent and reserved seating in the pavilion for a concert by this award-winning performer Saturday, Sept. 6. Carrie Underwood's career launched when she won the fourth season of American Idol and hasn't slowed down since. She has 18 #1 singles, several CMA and ACM Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 6 People’s Choice Awards, 9 CMT Music Awards, 12 American Country Awards, 9 BMI Songwriter Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination.  

Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Dinner will include salads, chicken and brisket, and roasted potatoes; as well as beer, wine and soft drinks; and a sweet table.

To buy tickets:

  1. You must first LOG IN to Look in the upper right hand corner of our home page for a spot to sign in. You'll know you have been successful when it says, "Hi, YOUR NAME"
  2. Find tickets in the CDS STOREby clicking on the shopping cart in the upper left hand corner of the home page. Ravinia tickets are one of the featured items in the right margin of the page, or else you can find them under "tickets and events" on the left. You will not be able to see them unless you are logged in as a CDS member first.




Permanent link  CDS looking to hire new Director of Scientific Programs


Call for applications

CDS seeks Director of Scientific Programs

The director of scientific programs is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of educational and scientific programs, including clinician/speaker selection and contracting for Regional Meetings, webinars, and the Midwinter Meeting.

The individual must work closely with officers and their Midwinter Meeting program and education volunteer teams and CDS staff. This position includes staff liaison responsibilities with various Midwinter Meeting and standing committees. Travel is required. A dental degree preferred. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and full employee benefits. Position reports to Executive Director and Associate Executive Director.

Send confidential letter of introduction and résumé to:

Randall B. Grove
Executive Director
Chicago Dental Society
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611-5585

Deadline for applications

July 31, 2014